Lynda Marie Wyzbinski was born May 22, 1952 in Wyandotte MI, the second child of Edward and Felixa (Phyllis) Wyzbinski. She passed away after a brief illness on November 13, 2012. She had moved to Clare in 1992, after living in Ruston LA and Chicago IL, and became the primary caregiver for her parents. A graduate of Grosse Ile High School, she completed two years of college at LA Tech in Ruston.
LyndaMarie had a colorful career. She was the first woman to become a roustabout laborer at an oil refinery for Kerr-McGee Corporation. She was an apprentice carpenter and a motel manager. She was also a fearless fundraiser for charity, once calling Donald Trump at his home and securing a significant contribution for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She volunteered for numerous organizations ranging from homeless shelters, to arts groups, to agencies working with AIDS patients. Locally, she was an avid supporter of Joshua’s House and other charitable organizations.
However, it was her service to her country in the U.S. Army that forever altered her life. As a medical corpsman, she was stationed at Fort Carson, CO where she cared for wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam. She identified herself as a proud veteran of the Vietnam era and became a veteran’s advocate. She was active in several organizations in the Clare area, including the American Legion (serving a term as Post Commander), the VFW, and the Moose Lodge (serving a term as chaplain). Upon discharge she received a National Defense Service medal.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother-in-law Rodney Young, and a nephew, Brandon Wyzbinski Gelzer. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Wyzbinski of Milwaukee WI (Scott Gelzer) and Diane Young of South Rockwood MI, as well as two nieces, Tekoah Young of Newport MI and Attalia Alverdes (Young) of Long Beach CA, and a nephew, Moriah Young of Adrian MI. She is also survived by a great nephew Jordyn Young, and two great nieces Felixia and Averilah Alverdes.
Members of LyndaMarie’s family will greet visitors at a brief memorial service to be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 during 1:00-3:00 pm, at the American Legion, Post 558, 400 E. Ludington, Farwell MI. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 11:00 am, Monday, December 17, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to Joshua’s House in Clare or the Brandon Gelzer Memorial Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, WI. Arrangements were handled by the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home. Please leave the family an on-line condolence at www.stephenson-wyman.com