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In Memory of Lynn A. Handlos


4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI and one hour prior to the service at church on Friday.

Funeral Services

10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI.

Lynn Ann Handlos, age 45, lost her valiant battle with cancer on April 17, 2016 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN.

 Lynn was born February 2, 1971 in River Falls, WI to Ronald and Helen (Myhre) Handlos and grew up on the family farm in Hudson, WI. After graduating from High School in 1989, Lynn moved to the Twin Cities, settling in Uptown. In 1998 Lynn started working with Rollin Thornton and they quickly became partners for life.

Dedicated to family and friends, Lynn loved to plan family events and special trips with Rollin and her nieces and nephews. She loved to travel and she and Rollin traveled extensively with family and friends.

Lynn always made Christmas special with family presents that included Star Wars character bathrobes and matching ugly Christmas sweaters. Lynn built special relationships with her ‘kids’ – her nieces and nephews and her young cousin Nya Myhre.

She shopped better than anyone — helping pick prom dresses, wedding dresses and anything hard to find. Her house was a home for the entire family. She loved surprises that made people smile. She was an amazing partner, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Lynn will remain in the hearts of her parents, Ronald and Helen Handlos of Hudson, WI; husband, Rollin Thornton, of Minneapolis, MN; Rollin’s son, James Thornton, attending college in CA; siblings, Dennis (Dawn) Handlos of River Falls, WI, Kathy Handlos (Jon Weiland) of Bayport, MN, and Mark (Marni) Handlos of Hudson, WI; father-in-law, Richard Thornton of Huntsville, AL; brother-in-law, Allen (Wendy) Thornton of Port Moody, British Colombia Canada; sister-in-law, Susan (Jeff) Voracek of Buenos Aires, Argentina; nieces and nephews, Dustin and Caitlin Handlos; Nicole (Mike) Fuqua and Jenna (Pablo) Fernandez; Jamie and Emma Handlos; Alison and Emily Thornton; and Alec and Kate Voracek; uncles, Wayne (Diane) Handlos of Santa Maria, CA, and Terry (Kaye) Myhre of Stillwater, MN; and many cousins and extended family members. She was welcomed to heaven by her nephew, Josh Goodrich; grandparents, Lawrence and Gertie Handlos, and Helmer and Betty Myhre; and mother-in-law, Brenda Thornton.

A Celebration of Lynn’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI. Visitation 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S 11th St., Hudson, WI as well as one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed toward breast cancer research.

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    • I got to know Lynn in 2012. I was new to the company and worked in her same office for a year. She was so kind to me. And being new that meant a lot. She was so darn SMART! I was thought I would be intimidated by her mortgage knowledge….but her warmth dispelled that fear. She helped me when I was a mess after my husband’s chemo treatments and I got to listen to her grief over Josh’s death. Pain has a way of bonding you quickly. I miss you so VERY much Lynn. We all do here at work. I don’t know what to do but just try to be as smart, kind and loving as you were….which will take me the rest of my life to try to attain.
      I am grateful she is no longer in pain.
      God Bless Rollin, Lynn’s entire family and all of us who are so deeply hurt by her absence.

    • Our prayers and peace go to Lynns family and close friends. I knew Lynn growing up in school . She was an awesone and most kind hearted person, and she will be well missed. God bless her and lynns family. Our hear and prayers go out to you. She was a amazing lady. Mike and Wanda Burnley.

    • My thoughts & prayers go out to her family. She was so young to leave us! May the family have comfort in knowing she is at peace! Please accept my condolences!

    • So sorry for your loss. I feel privileged to have met Lynn on several occasions. Even in our brief meetings I could see her caring nature. Praying for God’s comfort for Rollin and the Handlos family.

    • I will never forget the support that Lynn extended to me 10 yrs ago when I fought this battle. She made a huge difference in my life and I will always remember her kindness and compassion. She was a wonderful, compassionate person! My thoughts and prayers to her family.

    • Rollin and family ~

      I am so sorry for your loss. Your wife sounds like a wonderful person.
      I’ll keep you in my prayers for strength and comfort.

      Jenny Hawk-Heirigs

    • Dear Helen & Ron, Rollin, and family:

      Our thoughts are with you, as you say goodbye to your beloved daughter, wife, aunt, and friend. May sweet memories comfort you.

      Florence Larson, and Deb Larson-Ronningen

    • Dear Handlos and extended family,
      Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all upon hearing this sad news about Lynn. We knew Lynn way way back – when we lived in Hudson and the Handlos family was always such a big help to us. Lynn was such a cutie and I’m sorry to say that we haven’t been in touch and did not know about her cancer. May her suffering be over and her soul rest in peace and her memory live on forever in your hearts. Love, Marie and Chuck Jorgensen xx oo

    • Prayers of peace and comfort to family and friends sharing this loss. May wonderful memories bring smiles and laughs and may tears remind us all to feel, love, and live each moment with presence and intent. It has been years since I last saw Lynn and only Facebook birthday wishes and lots of “likes” during the last few years, but I have many wonderful memories of middle school sleep overs at the farm and good times growing up. Rest in peace my friend. You were taken too soon!
      Cami Kearl

    • Prayers for peace and strength to all family and friends of Lynn from my family to yours. The Jensens-Eric, Leta, Sophia, Brennan, Meredith, Elliot