Lynette Bishop Bobb-Koths died peacefully on November 6, 2017, in Storrs, Connecticut, at the age of 94. Lynne was born in Cheshire, Connecticut on July 6, 1923, to Mark and Hazel Bishop, who owned and ran Bishop Farms, a popular fruit orchard and farm stand. She attended Humiston Grammar School, Hamden High School, and The University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she was a charter member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduating from UConn in 1944, Lynne received a graduate degree in Hospital Dietetics from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. After which she worked for three years as a dietitian at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.
In 1947, Lynne married Arthur C. Bobb and moved to Storrs, Connecticut, where Art served on the UCONN faculty. They raised three children in Storrs, enjoying many weekends and holidays in a cabin on Lake Sadawga in Vermont. Lynne was an active real estate broker in Storrs for 15 years and, along with husband Art and friend William Wheeler, developed Lynwood, the first homesite subdivision in Mansfield under the towns first zoning regulations. During her years in Storrs, Lynne was an active birder, a Theta Panhellenic representative, a bridge club enthusiast, an accomplished seamstress and knitter, and a member of the Storrs Congregational Church. She received a University of Connecticut Alumni Award in 2003.
Starting in 1972, Lynne and Art spent their winters in Venice, Florida. They were members of the Venice Yacht Club, enjoyed sailing and hosted annual parties to watch the Venice Holiday Boat Parade. Lynne became an active member of the Venice Audubon Society, leading Christmas counts and birding trips to many countries with her friend Guenn Winterbottom. She received their lifetime award in 2015.
Art died in 1987. In 1997, Lynne shared vows with Jay S. Koths, a long time friend, in a small ceremony at Jays home in Storrs with family and friends joining in the celebration. They enjoyed winters in Venice and summers in Storrs. The two travelled the world, birding and exploring, with Lynne eventually visiting 121 countries, including remote areas such as Adak Island in the Aleutians, and Antarctica. She and Jay raised bromeliads and orchids in Venice and she was a member of the Sarasota Bromeliad Society and Venice Orchid Society.
Throughout her life, Lynne was a dynamic personality and a whirlwind of energy. She suffered a stroke in 2010, but continued to travel with Jay and enjoy time with family and friends. She is survived by Jay; her son, Randall Bobb and his wife, Arlis of Storrs, Connecticut; her son, David Bobb and his fiancee, Jenni Beck of Talent, Oregon; her daughter, Brenda Bobb Page and her husband, George, of Union, Maine; grandchildren, Garrett Bobb, and Leah Bobb Maroney; Arthur Bobb, Aidan Bobb, and Megan Bobb; Alexis Page Rubenstein, and Graham Page; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family thanks the many caregivers who have loved Lynne and assisted with her care over the past years. Lynne and Jays family are planning a celebration of her life to take place at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 No. Eagleville Rd, Storrs on November 18, 2017 at 11 a.m.. A reception in the church hall will follow.
If you would like to remember Lynne in a special way, please make a donation to the Venice Florida Audubon Society, 4002 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34293, or at www.veniceaudubon.org.