Lyn Kittle
Lyn Kittle

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.
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My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. I knew Lyn in high school and had no idea she lived in Tally. I remember her as energetic and fun loving and know she brought great joy to your lives.
Jeff
School
July 17, 2021
Lyn and Anthony made such a full life for themselves, friends and family. Lyn knew how to live as many have said here. It was a great pleasure to know her all those years. Her loss is truly painful for me and my heart goes out to her family and Grassroots, especially Anthony who loved her so.
Charles Jacobsen
Friend
July 1, 2021
I don’t remember ever not knowing Lyn. Her family came to West Virginia every year to visit her grandparents, my neighbors. Her parents were very good to me, as well as her grandparents, and uncles French and Franklin. I’m am so sorry to hear this.
Sheila Waldron Simmons
Friend
June 26, 2021
I don’t remember ever not knowing Lyn. Her family came to West Virginia every year to visit her grandparents, my neighbors. Her parents were very good to me, as well as her grandparents, and uncles French and Franklin. I’m am so sorry to hear this.
Sheila Waldron Simmons
Friend
June 26, 2021
Tara Boyter
June 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Keiyona Jefferson
Friend
June 19, 2021
Hugh Boyter, aka "Grandaddy"
June 18, 2021
Rebecca Boyter
June 18, 2021
Mary Kane and Tim Barrentine
June 18, 2021
Anthony and family, the news of Lyn’s departure left my wife, daughter, and me with overwhelming emotions of sorrow mixed with great joy at knowing she loved and lived life to the absolute fullest, both before and after her diagnosis.

My wife and I are so thankful we connected after my own diagnosis, and are forever grateful that you two opened your home to us for a memorable dinner—Anthony, you are an amazing chef—in the summer of 2019 for honest, inspiring conversation about the disease. We have never forgotten the main message: continue to live your life and find pleasure and joy each day. We took that to heart, and Lyn’s courage gave me courage.

Thank you, and find peace in knowing hers was a life truly well-lived. I am so glad you two found each other. Kevin, Nori, and Allanah
Kevin Mooney
Friend
June 17, 2021
Bob & Tomi Gaudio
June 17, 2021
Photo taken on Feb 10th 2018 at Nikolai and Langley wedding.
Alla Korepanova
Friend
June 16, 2021
Little memories make the picture.
One of the memories is Lyn's handwriting.. Very firm, exact, the letters and characters are well defined, everything in the written text looks measured and balanced. Very pleasing to read. And perfect spelling of course.
Another memory - Lyn liked to drink tea. I do not know whether there was any connection to her British roots or not. She would keep an extra bag for me in her office in Molecular Biophysics building.
One more memory - some time ago Lyn started to bake very good bread. There was no way to compete with Anthony in cooking of course, but baking worked well.
Important memory - Lyn's expression that people need to have and face their challenges in life. She faced her biggest challenge in last 6 years of her life. I learned a lot from her.
alla
Friend
June 16, 2021
Photo from 08-10-2016. Walked around downtown of Apalachicola, Florida. Lyn and Anthony spend a couple of days with us at St George Island. From left to right: Vladimir Korepanov, Anthony Gaudio, Alla Korepanova, Lyn Kittle.
Alla
Friend
June 16, 2021
Always smiling and willing to help.
Nilakshee
Coworker
June 16, 2021
I'm glad I had the opportunity to know Lyn. In the last few years of her life, she learned to use technology to help her function despite the decrease in her physical abilities. I was inspired by her persistence and success! My condolences to her dear family and friends.
Kea Herron
Acquaintance
June 16, 2021
Margaret and Mark
June 16, 2021
Lyn was sincerely interested in people from other cultures and countries. Somehow she managed to make non-native English speakers comfortable and not shy to speak imperfect English. I met Lyn in the lab of Molecular Biophysics building in October 1993 a few day before Halloween. As I recall , on my second work day I got an invitation to visit Grass Roots and spend night at Gaudio-Kittle house. This invitation destroyed my preconceived stereotypes about American hospitality. Thank you Lyn for doing that. That was an unexpected surprise and the beginning of our friendship. The real friends are hard to find. I am blessed to have Lyn in my life.
Alla Korepanova
Friend
June 15, 2021
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