Lynn Iverne (Koehler) WASNAK
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Lynn Iverne (Koehler) Wasnak, 68, originally from Canton, Ohio passed away May 14, 2013 in her home in Cincinnati after a heroic battle with an illness. An accomplished writer, founder and executive director of Many Voices Press, she provided inspiration and hope for thousands worldwide. Preceding her in death were her father, George H. Koehler, mother, Katherine Iverne Golloway and sister Cherie Baily of Canton, Ohio.

She will be greatly missed by daughter, Diane Wasnak and son, Jim Wasnak. Her grandchildren, Josh, Lindsey and Emily Wasnak; sister Joan Koehler of Chicago; niece Rachel of Seattle, and nephew Daniel in Israel also survive her. She leaves many dear friends in her beloved Cincinnati as well. Lynn was a foodie who enjoyed cooking, entertaining her friends and family, flowers, and the arts. The world has lost a magnificent woman. Donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the American Cancer Society. A private memorial will be forthcoming. condolesence may be sent to;

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 17, 2013.
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May 11, 2019
I only knew of Lynn and Many Voices briefly. I wrote a response to one of her prompts once which turned out to be the beginning of my writing on a deeper emotional connection than I ever had before. I was actually impressed with it which is hard for me to do for anything I do. I credit making this albeit brief but very important connection a turning point in my life. Thank you, Lynn. Your legacy will live on for generations through the many people's lives and hearts that you touched.
Eve Browne
May 11, 2019
Six years have passed. So many traumatic events have occurred in that time and it would have been helpful to do many to have you around.

Those who already knew you can at least imagine what you might have said or done.

We certainly remember you like it was 6 years ago, or more likly, like it was 10 years ago, and more.
Lynn Duncan
May 11, 2019
It is hard to believe you have not been among us for so long now. I believe I began writing my website and speaking in the public about DID because of what you started so long ago. I plan on carrying on your legacy in as many ways as I can spreading truthful information about dissociative identity disorder and giving hope to those like us who live its diagnosis. Thank you, Lynn, there are many who are indebted to you. You are still making a difference in 2019. Shirley
Shirley Davis
April 8, 2019
In memory of Lynn. Rest in Peace my friend.
Shirley Davis
April 8, 2019
Your Friend, Shirley J. Davis
I know you've been gone for almost 6 years now, but I wanted to say we remember you and the wonderful work you did helping people like me who live with the diagnosis of DID to thrive. Shirley D.
June 10, 2018
Thank you Lynn for all you have done for me and countless others. What a difference you've made in my life. My only hope is that I might make a difference in this world that's just a fraction of the good that you have brought us all. Thank you.

What a glorious day it must have been for God to welcome home one such as you!
Daniel S
October 22, 2017
To a wonderful woman who made a big difference in my life. I am sadden by her passing and the one hope I have is that I will meet her someday in our heavenly home. Thanks, Lynn, for all you shared and hope given freely.
Chelsea Schneiter
June 26, 2017
God bless you Lynn. May your soul be at eternal ease.
Eve Browne
April 29, 2016
Dear Lynn, It has been almost three years and I still come here to see your face and read your words. You gave me a voice when you published my poetry. One of the many voices you gave an opportunity to share and feel understood. I know you are in a beautiful and light place and i will never forget you. thank you dear one. rest now
September 13, 2015
Thank you Lynn for all your years of tireless work to enrich and make better all our lives. You will truly be greatly missed. God has a very special place for you in heaven. I am praying for your dear family and the profound sense of loss they feel. Family please know how very sorry we are for your loss. She is so greatly missed.
Georgia Sales
September 10, 2015
Thank you so much for Many Voices it is truly a blessing and I miss it so much.
Marianne Temple
September 1, 2015
May you rest in peace Lynn. May God bless you and your family from this time forward. Thank you for all your support through Many Voices!! God Bless!!
Susan Todd
August 31, 2015
Thank you Lynn for creating an avenue for so many quieted voices to be heard. I know how incredibly hard you worked keeping Many Voices thriving. May you have found the true peace and happiness you so deserve.
Laura Gutin new jersey
Laura Gutin
January 21, 2015
I first found Lynn via a dear Therapist Nancy Williams back in 1994. Apparently they were friends. Lynn help me find treatment with a leader in the field Colin Ross. I was set on a journey of healing. I kept in touch with Lynn over the years and had come to love and appreciate her. She was on my heart recently. Nancy Williams had passed away from cancer. It broke my heart. I decided this evening to reach out to Lynn and let her know of her friends passing. I was deeply saddened to learn she had also passed but quietly comforted to know Nancy would have an Angel friend in heaven. To her family: please know she saved and transformed my life and the lives of countless others. Her dedication to Many Voices was an indescribable act of love that we all felt. Because of her so many were no longer alone of a often very painful journey. I am heartbroken to learn of her passing. I also wanted to tell her that i found healing and integration because of her. I will never be able to thank her enough. My sincere condolences to her friends and loved ones. Lynn lived a life that mattered and transformed saved lives. She will be greatly missed. May Her work continue. (((Hugs)))
Jennifer St Jude
September 20, 2014
You will be deeply missed. Your news letters helped me, inspired me, let me know I was not alone and made my life better ! May God bless you and comfort your loved ones and those like me who will miss you very much. Thank you Lynn for making a difference for many.
Robin B
July 20, 2014
In thanks for all the work Lynn did for survivors and for the field.
Colin Ross
June 29, 2014
I came to the Many Voices site to see if I could promote my poetry book about my healing journey. Many Voices, and, by extension, Lynn, of course, was there for me in the past. Thank you for your tireless work on the behalf of abuse survivors. Rest in peace, and God bless all of your loved ones here on Earth.
Stephanie Giaquinto
June 8, 2014
Oh how I miss you, your visionary presence, your light.
Pamela Pearson
May 31, 2014
Your light will remain.
May 28, 2014
Thank you for your work with survivors and for "Many Voices"
Wounded Healer
April 14, 2014
Dear Lynn, I will miss you very much. You left big a big impression in quite an awe inspiring and valuable way. Love you and see you down the road someday. XO
Sharon Taylor
April 14, 2014
I was "accidentally" led to Many Voices about 15 years ago when it became clear that my diagnosis was DID. In a panic, I started searching for any resource, any source information. What I found was Many Voices, a source of information, true, but. so much more what turned out to be a source of comfort, a gentle port in the midst of my storm. I was not alone in my struggles to understand this disorder, not alone in trying to make sense out of the horrific abuse I had sustained. Through it all, Lynn, remained the constant light of compassion, of understanding. I was deeply saddened when I learned of her passing. But, I hope that all of Lynn's friends and family can take some comfort in knowing what a true source of inspiration and caring she was for so many of us. Few are privileged enough to touch so many lives and make a difference. Lynn was such a person. We have all been blessed.
Cindy Warch
April 11, 2014
Thank you.
March 29, 2014
Rest in peace friend.
Anonymous Anonymous
February 1, 2014
Diane and Jim,

I don't know what made me search for Lynn tonight; I guess I just knew and didn't want to know, though I knew things weren't going well. I had wished I lived nearby so I could drive her, as I drive many cancer patints for ACS.

I loved Many Voices way back and contributed articles and book reviews early on. It was also helpful to my therapist and we both promoted it to others.

I was able to meet Lynn here in California, when she came to visit you, Diane, and we had a great time.

I also went to the conference in Ohio and stayed with Lynn in Cincinatti a couple of times.. I got to see three of her places. We drove to the conference and I went with her to face her childhood home.

And I was able to visit overnight when I was on a two month odyssey around the country. We went for a super dinner one night and then satisfied my craving for Skyline Chili, where she had her favorite coney dog.

All of these memories bring a smile to my face, though we didn't always speak of sunshine and rainbows. She was real and honest, compassionate and caring, artisitic, talented and so smart.

She touched so many souls and hearts.

Diane, I even got to see you perform way back with the Pickle Family, here in So Cal.. and waited to say hi. She was proud of your talents, while she worried as a mother will.. and loved you both.

Rest in Peace, my friend.
Lynn Duncan
January 23, 2014
To Lynn's family,
I was confused and feeling lost and I called Lynn not knowing what to expect. She was gentle and patient with me and shared the news of the publication which helped me so much. For me she was a lifeline toward my becoming more healthy. May God bless your family and I am thankful for the many people whose lives she touched. She is missed.
Nancy Dahl
January 9, 2014
Lynn is deeply missed. Her work was profound, healing, and blessed from God's throne in heaven.
Barbara R
October 15, 2013
Lynn had so much vision and compassion for others. I was out of commission myself due to health issues the first half of the year and missed that she had passed on to her next chapter in life...everlasting life! A word and phrase I came up with for how I wanted to be remembered is this: "Incandescent: Instead of sending flowers, buy a star in the sky for all the children abuse devours." I believe Lynn is an incandescent star now shining brightly from above. Her wit, wisdom, and compassion will be deeply missed.
Kate E
October 13, 2013
Lynn and Many Voices was like a bouquet of flowers in my life.
Such sad news...reading Many Voices saved me many times. Lynn's personal notes and emails to me were flashes of light! What a selfless caring woman she was. Regrets to her family.
Rachel Ringen
September 12, 2013
Lynn likely had no idea the broad reach of her Many Voices newsletter which I as a therapist subscribed to for the last two decades. She was a true pioneer, an incredible voice for the suffering and the healing...what a cherished gift and legacy she leaves behind. Endless gratitude to her boundless energy and efforts!!!!!
Kirsten Harrison-Jack
July 25, 2013
So sad....I transferred to another office and was happy to return so that I could talk with her on Saturdays. ..This lady had an EXCITING LIFE!!! We the ladies at Queen City post office will miss her:-(
Kym Kelly
July 21, 2013
Dearest family of Lynn,
It is fitting that today is the day that I learned of Lynn's graduation from this life. I changed my profile on facebook and never sent a new friend request. On this first birthday for her in Heaven, I will remember her today. The lovely notes she always had, the incredible kindness, compassion and giggles she gave freely. She was a true champion and a glowing light for me as well as for so many others. I am at a loss for more words so for now....I know that she will always be in my heart and on my shoulder. Peace to family, friends, and fans. Leslie
Leslie Shades McCabe
July 14, 2013
We enjoyed keeping in touch with Lynn for many
years. We will miss her very much.
George and Roza Glauberman
July 12, 2013
Lynn's kind, compassionate and welcoming voice was clear to me. She was able to touch me, if only by emails. Sorry for her passing.
Valerie Rivera
June 29, 2013
Lynn brought such a sensitive, affirmative light to living with dissociation. She provided a forum for expression and validation. My life and my clients' lives were made better through her work and her being Lynn.
Marjorie Isaacs
June 21, 2013
Lyn has helped and supported so many people through her incredible work and writing. She has touched so many hearts including mine. May she rest in peace. God bless her family and friends.
June 10, 2013
Dear Diane, Jim: Lynn was such a great writer. The articles she wrote for the TravelCompanions newsletter which I published for many years helped many of my subscribers. I also met her in person when she visited New York many years ago. Full of meaningful thoughts and advice.
Jens Jurgen
June 10, 2013
Lynn has left a legacy of helping others. That is what life is truly about.

My condolences to her family and dear friends who loved and cared for her. RIP Lynn W.
June 7, 2013
Lynn Was A Special Friend To So Many -Those Who Knew Her Only Through Many Voices And Those Of Us Fortunate To Know Her More Personally. Her Wisdom, Humor, And Courage Will Be sorely missed.
Patti Franklin
June 6, 2013
Lynn was one of the few people I felt totally at ease with from the time we met. What a fireball. What a contagious spirit. What a hero for anyone with trauma issues. What a hero for everyone.
Roberta from Iowa
June 4, 2013
Grandson Josh's graduation, last May
Diane Wasnak
June 4, 2013
Goodbye old friend.
My sympathy to your family.
Caroline Totten
Caroline Totten
June 3, 2013
I'm broken hearted to hear that we've lost such an incredible advocate and friend to the individuals whose lives have been overturned by the aftereffects of trauma and abuse. Through our many emails over the years, I truly came to see Lynne as a dear friend and will miss her terribly. My condolences to her family and the many, many friends and abuse survivors whose lives were so graciously touched by her fiercely kind and compassionate spirit.
Lynda Wisdo
June 3, 2013
Lynn's publishing Many Voices took great courage and integrity. It helped me a great deal. About 25 years ago I was in Cincinnati for job training and she agreed to meet me. We had dinner and shared about being survivors and how we dealt with it. She was a great woman. Thank you Lynn for all you did for so many of us.
Rosemary R.
May 24, 2013
I was privileged to have known Lynn for only the last 3 years through our Tuesday arts lunch group, the Bank Street Irregulars. She made an indelible impression. Her wit and constant smile were amazing. Her ability to deal with her condition in great detail and indefatigable optimism defined her character. To say she will be missed is an understatement. She was a jewel of the first order.
Gary Johnston
May 24, 2013
A note from someone who's life was enriched by her. she led me out of the darkness of confusion into the light of understanding. Never met in person but talked on the phone a few times over the years.
She had an impact on so many lives. her friendship remains in my heart.
May 22, 2013
Lynn W - you will be greatly missed. Your hard work has helped many survivors.

Condolences to the family.
Felicity Lee
May 22, 2013
There are thousands who are celebrating her life from all over because she was brave enough and cared enough to share with others. She created a community where there was none and gave each member a voice. Thank you Lynn for your voice, it gave me mine back.
Lizabeth Casada
May 22, 2013
Lynn will be deeply missed and joyfully remembered by many. She was a kind and brave woman who helped others tirelessly in her life. Blessings on your family.
May 22, 2013
Lynn's Many Voices magazine got me through many difficult days of healing. I will treasure those magazines forever. In our last phone conversation Lynn encouraged me to pursue my art...even while she was struggling physically. what a wonderful, caring soul. I never was priledged to meet Lynn in person but I heard her smile on the phone and in her hopeful writing. -JoEllen
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