Lynn Potratz was born November 3, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Ronald and Virginia Ware Anderson. She grew up and attended school in Wisconsin, graduating from Menomonee Falls East High School. She then attended Technical College in Wausau to be a Sign Language Interpreter and worked in and around Milwaukee.
In 1983 she married Michael Connolly and together had a son, Dustin. They moved to Idaho in the mid 1980’s, first to Hayden and eventually to Troy. They were later divorced.
On April 1, 1995 ( No Foolin ) she married Mike Potratz at the Moscow Nazarene Church. She continued working as a sign language interpreter and for the Idaho Center on Developmental Disabilities. She was the Coordinator for the Hearing Impaired Student Services at both Washington State and the University of Idaho for some time. She then became office manager for David Trail at Northwestern Mutual for several years before learning to drive a semi truck and joining Mike on the road in their little trucking business. Ultimately, Lynn became their office manager and followed her passion for sewing and quilting working part time at Quilt Something.
Lynn was an avid and accomplished quilter and a member of the Palouse Patchers. Many of her quilting and other creations were given to family and friends and sent to Service members and areas in need. She enjoyed many kinds of knitting, sewing and crafts.
In November of 2016, Lynn was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer (she never smoked). Her goodwill, unbreakable spirit and love for those around her during her nearly 3 year battle with that disease have been an inspiration to many and will surely never be forgotten. She slipped peacefully away from us late in the evening on the 7th of August 2017 with her husband Mike at her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Karen Anderson. Surviving are her husband, Mike, at their home in Troy, her son, Dustin Connolly also of Troy, her brother Eric Anderson and his wife Shari of Waukesha, WI and her sister, Lauree Reed of Lake in the Hills, IL.
A celebration of her life will be held at Noon on Saturday the 12th at the Lion’s Club building in Troy Idaho.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Troy Ambulance fund, P.O. Box 324 Troy, ID 83871.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.