Lynette M. McNeill

Lynette Muriel (nee: Duell) McNeill, 95, passed away peacefully after a long illness, on Thursday May 15, 2014 at the family home her husband Roy built in Lake Villa, IL in the 1960’s. Born in Gages Lake, IL as the first daughter of six children to Jennie and Jeremiah Porter Duell of Grayslake, IL , she graduated Libertyville Township High School in 1937 and attended one year at North Park College in Chicago. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Frank G. Hough Company in Libertyville and for the Grayslake Gelatin Factory. She married Roy Joseph McNeill on June 22, 1946 at the Grayslake Congregational Church on Center St. and was a life member of the United Protestant Church in Grayslake. Lynette was an avid genealogist, taking many trips to find her long-lost relatives. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Grayslake, and also a member of the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She worked many years as a substitute teacher in the immediate area of her home in Lake County and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Carthage College in Kenosha in 1973. Lynette retired teaching from the Avon Grade School. She was preceded in death by her parents Jennie (nee: Halvorson) and J. Porter Duell, Sr. of Grayslake, her brother J. Porter Duell Jr. of Libertyville and sisters Audrey Duell Hall, Jean Duell Stickels both of Grayslake, Henrietta Duell (Floyd) Thibodeau of Appleton, WI, and Charlotte Duell Osborn Nelson of Rice Lake, WI. Lynette is survived by her children Marie L. (John) Bidney of Fairhope, AL, James R. (Cathy) McNeill of Lindenhurst, John D. (Mary Kay) McNeill of Antioch, William J. (fiancée Darcy Hertel) McNeill, her 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a loving caregiver Cveta. A visitation is scheduled for Monday May 19, 2014 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 10:30am at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake, IL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Susan G. Kommen Foundation, the UP Church, or to Avon Centre Cemetery. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

13 Responses to Lynette M. McNeill

  • Jeannie Schwieger says:

    My sincere condolences to the McNeill family.

  • Darci Stoll says:

    I have wonderful memories of times with Aunt Lynette and Uncle Roy. Praying for family they have left behind, but I know Aunt Lynette is reunited with so many.

  • Tami hall-Hubbard says:

    Prayers & thoughts with all the McNeill family!

  • Scott farnsworth says:

    Obviously, words will never describe the attachment we graduates from Avon have for our beloved Teachers from our school. The bond that was formed by Mrs. McNeil and her close constituents could never be described to outsiders. She left a lasting impression of kindness, caring and love. All these are indicative of the core family she leaves behind. A great woman and she leaves a proud legacy. Yours Scott Farnsworth

  • Shannon Hall Fitzpatrick Jackson says:

    My Great Aunt Lynette always had a wonderful smile and warm words for me. I will treasure her stories, the work she did on our family tree and the memories we had at the farm for the ChristmS parties— nothing like those Swedish meatballs!!! Still can’t make them like her:) she was a kind , dynamic woman who loved with her heart. Thanks for sharing your love of life! God speed auntie Lynn:)
    Love you,
    Shannon

  • Linda Wharton says:

    Lynette was one of the sweetest and kindest women I have ever met. My sincere condolences to her family. RIP lovely Lynette.

  • Wendy & David McArtin says:

    What an accomplished woman Lynette McNeill was. We wish we would have had a chance to know her. We will be with you tonight to celebrate her life lived and show support to those who will keep her memory alive.

  • Kelly Anderson says:

    Though I did not know this wonderful woman, I have the pleasure of knowing members of her lovely family. I will say this…her family is amazing, and a wonderful tribute to her legacy. It says so much to know that the values and love she shared with her family helped them to become the wonderful people they are today. Thinking of the entire family and sending love and prayers to you.

  • Diana Gountanis (Bacon/Radke) says:

    Dear McNeil family, Mrs. McNeil made such a lasting impression on me that I so much appreciate. Scott said it very well. She leaves a proud legacy. Wish I could be there. My sincere condolences and regards to your family. Diana

  • Sue (Haake) Masters says:

    My condolences to the McNeill family. Roy and Lynette had a special place in the hearts of my mom and dad, George and Alice Haake, when they were living. I too remember some wonderful times at the McNeill home on Rollins Road. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sue Masters

    • Marie McNeill Bidney says:

      Thanks Sue. I remember your mom and dad as well as well as your grandparents.

  • Pat LaPorta says:

    My condolences to the McNeill family—Lynette was a wonderful neighbor and my children certainly learned a lot from her at Avon School….she will be missed…so sorry I was out of town and could not make it to th funeral……Bless you all!!