Tallahassee - Lyn Kittle finally flew the coop on June 13th, 2021, from the reality associated with her diagnosis in the summer of 2015 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Born July 22, 1953, she was 67.
She is survived by a remarkable family and numerous friends. She built a wonderful life with her husband and best friend for 35 years, Anthony Gaudio. Her daughters Hallie (Johnathan Kelly), Carrie (Ben Boyter), and Christianna Gaudio, and grandsons Ross Boyter and Mason Singh, brought immense joy to her. It's a shame that she won't be around to nag them all about their grammar in the years to come. She is also survived by Uncle Frank Kittle, in-laws Richard Gaudio (Valerie) and Marysue McCarthy, and cousins, Peggy Westerfield and Rae Ryan. She was preceded in death by her father, William Kittle, her brother, Don Kittle, and mother, Nelda Kittle, whose wit and wisdom continues to sustain the family.
Lyn was an independent spirit, who loved to travel. Some of her adventures were done in solo travel ending up in Afghanistan after a six month trip in 1973 and then taking off on another extended solo trip through Australia and the South Pacific ten years later. She visited her favorite country of Australia six times and took numerous trips to Europe. Based on Anthony's heritage, she obtained Italian citizenship for herself and her family, which can be passed on to future generations. She was always good with the paperwork.
A Gulf Coast girl, she was born and raised in Manatee County, Florida, and moved with her family to Tallahassee in 1970. In high school, she met Heidi Fox and Lynne Taylor Ireland who have remained her steadfast friends through all these years. She was a graduate of Florida State University and spent many of her working years in the labs at the Institute of Molecular Biophysics, where she was most recently the coordinator for the graduate program. Lyn was very proud of her contributions to the establishment of the highly regarded charter School of Arts & Sciences. She and Anthony have lived in the Grassroots intentional community for over 32 years. A member of the Lunachics Literary Guild book group since its inception in 1992, she received much sustenance from her fellow loons. Thanks to many other dear friends who gave the priceless gift of their support.
Lyn loved science, politics, African violets, and a decent Pinot Grigio. Her favorite book (not the movie) was "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier. She hated cold weather, raw onions, and willful ignorance. She would urge you to: vote with a progressive heart and a practical mind for the best candidates who are actually electable; keep your passport current and use it; don't overwater the violets; raise a toast to the first law of thermodynamics; keep calm and carry on.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lyn Kittle Impact Award in the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University (give.fsu.edu/artsandsciences
- type Lyn's name in the "In Memory" section of the form; contact [email protected]
Published by Tallahassee Democrat from Jun. 15 to Jun. 20, 2021.