"You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon.
The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about-
the more you have left when anything happens."
  • 59 years old
  • Born on April 17, 1952 in Pensacola, Florida, United States.
  • Passed away on December 13, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved wife, mother and friend, Lynda Vital, 59, born on April 17, 1952 and passed away on December 13, 2011. We will love her forever.

Our beautiful celebration of life for mom was held nearly two months ago and it was truly one of the best days of all of our lives.
Thank you to all who took the time to be with us. So many travelled from states away to show their love and we are all so grateful for each and every one of you. For those who couldn't make it please know you were there! We know your love was present from afar.
Please continue to celebrate mom by remembering her vivacious spirit and love for life and by doing the same.
She wants us all to be happy. 

Please also continue to connect with my brothers, Crystal, Xavier dad and I at any time with a call, email and continue to write on her site. We miss her as do you, but can continue to remember her by all staying so close. 

If you would like to see the full photos of the celebration please visit the following sites:

Walt and Lyn's address: 2528 Lotus Creek Dr. Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

Posted by Phil Carroll on April 17, 2019
Your picture is where I can think of you often. It welcomes me as family like you did always wherever you were. LOVE
BTW - I'm collecting Social Security now like you could too if you were still alive, you knucklehead!
Posted by Mark Vital on April 17, 2019
Happy Birthday my sister.
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on December 13, 2018
Dear manna, today on your dday, I woke up happy to see Rozlyn. We planned to go to Costco and the sound to celebrate you. Costco we did and her and I played in the aisles as her daddy shopped. We were being ridiculous and it reminded me of how you and I used to tear around Kohl’s and Stein mart and Joanne fabrics, having an absolute ball! We would shop and laugh and be weird wherever we went! Everything was an adventure with us!
Rozlyn preferred the uphill playground than the cold, rainy beach. So as she stomped in puddles and dangerously climbed the jungle gym I stood behind her, looked down at the sound and the sea and talked to her about you. I reminded her of all the water ways being mixed together somehow...though you were taken out to sea at Craigville your particles may just have made their way to the sound somehow or come down from the sky in raindrop form that lands on our coats or our hands as we try not to get too cold on the metal playground. You may just be in a billion particles everywhere.
   Rozlyn doesn’t look a thing like you, she looks like Walt and I and Anthony and his mom, but dear lord, she’s a lot like you. Like Gilda Radner or Jane curtain or Lucille ball, funny as all get out. I’d like a spitting image of you because I miss your gorgeous face daily, but I’ll take the spirit of you. She’s a spit fire, mom, and though we weren’t beside the sea like I enjoy being every December 13th, I was beside you because I was beside her. I love you, Manna. Seven years and always counting. Seven is a magical number. I think I’ll believe in the magic of this year of you being gone. Your daughter,
Posted by Lucinda McKay on December 13, 2018
I found a few photos recently and shared them just today. I know they bring joy to the family and the many people who remember you ever so fondly. Seven years, seems too long. Thinking of you Lyn, you are always remembered in Mashpee. Fondly Dave and Luce
Posted by Mark Vital on April 17, 2018
Happy Birthday my dear sister Lyn. You are often in my loving thoughts.
Posted by Bill McKay on April 17, 2018
After a rainy and cold Boston Marathon yesterday (you know the feeling), the sun has come back to Cape Cod, to your "summer home", to your Mashpee River and of course Craigville Beach. I shall row upstream today to whistle up your white coyote and during the week, the grandkids and I will get to CBA. If you send us no signs, that's OK... I'll make a few up. We know you are busy; the Pope declared a half-year ago that family dogs go to heaven. Must be very crowded??? Love, Bill
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on December 14, 2017
Our darling, Lynda, tonight Rozlyn has her first fever. On the night of your passing Anniversary when everyone was reaching out and touching base about you, you, you, Rozzy has been whimpering about her sniffles. She is subtle and kind about it, it is a minor bug if she has one at all. I like to make things magical and I think perhaps tonight you and she are just talking. We pray to you every night and talk to you when the breeze blows through the trees. I tell her it is you cackling. Perhaps you are rearing your good witch spirit of the weird sister tribe and communicating with Rozlyn, leaving me to wonder. You wild woman, you. Best anniversary ever because I am not so lonely now that I had my daughter. The legacy has passed and we live close to you every day. Thank god, Anthony gave me a daughter Mom, I have been so lonely without you. We love you. Six years and living strong despite the chasm that is your absence. We fill it in with all the love we can. Remembering all you taught us. Kisses and embraces, Manna. Love, Lizzy and Rozzy
Posted by Walt Vital on December 13, 2017
We have our memories throughout the year but two days they are very vibrant, the day one enters into this world, the other is the day leaving. As I 'I've said before, seems like yesterday and also like an eternity. Happy holidays to all that check in, love you and have a great new year! The beat goes on......
Posted by Danica Polite on December 13, 2017
Thinking of you and your family today, Lynda. Still love to look at the pictures of Ben and Steve in the Halloween costumes you made. Often read the book you wrote to my grandson. So many gifts that you shared with us all. You are missed.
Posted by Walt Vital on April 19, 2017
She lit up a room like no other! Could party with the best of them and I do toast her often, the beat goes on; six years later, the vibration remains. I loved you so, happy Bday girl!
Posted by Matthew Gonring on April 18, 2017
Lynda, we still think of you all the time. Our portrait of Chamois reminds us of your love and generosity. We have a new pooch now. Her name is Lacy. She is 2 years old and you would love her. If you were still here I'd be begging you to paint another portrait for us. But I know I wouldnt have to beg. I'd just have to send you a photo. We miss you and thank you for continuing to look down on us. Love, Erik and the Gonring family
Posted by Bill McKay on April 18, 2017
65??? Impossible as I, you oldest brother just turned 70 two weeks ago? The crazy family (and not the Vitals this time) had a surprise WAKE for me... Food was great... People dressed in black were interesting... They ignored me for a bit... Very interesting. You would have loved being there... I would have loved to just talk to you and tell you about it? So anyway... Now that my wake is done and I finished eating all the casserole, I guess I am that much closer to seeing you someday and continuing our children's stories. Miss you forever. Love, Bill
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on April 17, 2017
Wow, mom! Today would have been your 65th, incredible and unbelievable. My baby girl is due in two weeks and she will definitely be raised in your honor, thus the gorgeous Lyn part of her name. It's rough not having you here for this, but I've got this. You were such a fantastic mom, some of it had to have rubbed off on me. One thing I'm most looking forward to and know I will be good at is having fun with her and as a family! That's a must. I love you, Manna, and happiest birthday. I love you.
Posted by Sandi Arendalkowski on April 17, 2017
Dear Mana,
Thank you for being such an enlightened parent to all of us in high school. I learned the most about parenting from you. You mothered me and all of us with such patience, forgiveness, and grace. You taught me to mother myself. You always encouraged us to be our best selves. I hope I can provide such grace and influence to my son, Emmitt, and his friends as you did for me. I know you can hear us when we think of you.

All my love to the beautiful Vital Family today and every day.
Ever need anything or happen to be in Wisconsin - let me know:

Sandi Elizabeth (Nowakowski) Arendalkowski
User Experience Designer, University of Wisconsin - Madison
924 Clay Street Stoughton WI 53589
Posted by Nancy Dickie on December 13, 2016
I can't believe it's been 5 years. Lynda left me with many good memories that pop into my head at random times. That is such a nice thing. It makes me happy when she comes back to visit like that.
Posted by Choco Liz on December 13, 2016
I was lucky to see Lizzie Sunday and Steve-O moved to LA so I feel like you are all around even more than before. Man you raised some fantastic kids and were an inspiration to me. Missing you! Loving you
Posted by Mark Vital on April 17, 2016
Still missing you...yet you are still with us.

With love,

Happy Birthday Sis!
Posted by Walt Vital on December 14, 2015
My dear Lyn, four years at times feels like four seconds, four decades; just another dimension keeping you distant but never lost. My love is forever and you are my angel. Thanks for keeping an eye out for me. Went to see " Messiah" with Pammy, but you know that. We got another to love Handel at Christmas!
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on December 14, 2015
I will probably never stop keeping your website open. Though I love Facebook I prefer this site because it is all of our personal Lynda page. Yesterday we went to the sound and placed some feathers from the wedding for you in the sand and poured some of our cape/Pismo sand out to you. We read a few things and shed a few tears. The sun was coming through the clouds and I swear it hasn't been out for a week. It was just like you to shine through. Hey, guess what? Know matter how many years pass you're still my mom and I will always observe your life on this day. Another reason to celebrate life. You would do the same for me, so there you have it. Hmph! As we love to say! I love you!
Posted by Breda Walsh on December 14, 2015
Love you, Lynnie. Thank you for watching over your brother and sister this year and making sure that they are not called home too soon. Eilis and Matt made sure that the Tommy Brock made it out to the spit for many trips this year with all of the kids drawings. Love to all of you Vitals.

Posted by Jackie Blombach on December 13, 2015
Hi Lynda. I think of you often. Your picture is on my bulletin board. I am so impressed with the lovely tributes to you and how you've touched so many people's lives. You are and will be forever a part of our lives.
Your friend, Jackie B
Posted by Mark Vital on December 13, 2015
Forever missed...Merry Christmas Sister
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on April 18, 2015
Well, mom, I have got to say...I miss you a lot. I waited all day to write just the perfect thing. The thing that seemed right, but after a day of perfect things (based on the fact that many of us observe this day like a holiday and attempt to live our lives in beauty because it's your birthday) I find this. As I try to go to bed I look to my right and see two photos: it is a woman with the most lucious dark brown hair sitting beside her blonde baby at the piano and the second shot with her and the baby turned around with big cheese grins smiling directly at the photographer. It's me and you, Lynnie! Take me back to the days where we tramped around together to all my wonderful lessons!!! Take me to the car where we talked about Mozart and Chopin and Voi Che Sapete! The world was ours! What fun we had! I miss you. I love you and happy birthday, manna. Mea Creatura Es.
Posted by Mark Vital on April 17, 2015
Happy birthday Lyn. We miss you so much. I love you.
Posted by Sandy Ruch on April 17, 2015
thinking of Lynda this morning as I fly East - not quite early enough to actually head into the rising sun, which would have been perfect to honor Lynda - and as I'm up in the clouds so high, I'll be thinking about our free spirit friend
with peace and love,
Sandy (and the horses)
Posted by Walt Vital on April 17, 2015
Hi hon, what a year! Be watching over your brother and sister who fight the terrible "Big C" just as you did. They are both brave and so positive!
   Then there was me getting married to Pam and Liz getting ready to also join souls with Anthony in Seattle! So some happiness surrounding us!
    Miss you still so much but always be with me. I love you so....twas heaven here with you.....your boy
Posted by Nancy Dickie on April 17, 2015
Hi Lyn, Yesterday at the barn, I reflected on all your drawings on the wall and the big pony paintings in the arena. You are still with us! We have a new volunteer. You would just love him. He's funny, serene and he sings! We would be having a good, BAD time together. Nick & Kristi might ban us all from the place. Miss you, dearie.
Posted by Karla Mann on April 17, 2015
Lynda you are always in my memories...miss you.. thank you for being a part of my life. The time was short but you opened the door to a friendship with your family and thru them I got to know you even more.
Posted by Steven Vital on April 17, 2015
Mom, what the hell? I know tupac and biggie are cool but this prank has gone on long enough. You need to come home now! Haha jk you can stay with them if you want. I mean it's your birthday. Anyway all kidding aside I freaking miss you and I love you soooooooo damn much. I used to wish the pain would go away but today I am grateful for it as it is a testament to how incredible you are. Wish we could have a laphroig together and sing some Buckley into the wee hours of the night! Love you always,

Posted by Bill McKay on April 17, 2015
OK...truth be told, Maryann and I now "get it" and understand a bit more of the lessons Lynda taught us. And we are stronger because of that. But Lynda, don't think you'll be seeing either of us in the near future. We are doing great; I would guess we have at least 10% of eternity to hang around down here with our families. Love, Brother, Bill
Posted by Matthew Gonring on December 15, 2014
When I see your pictures on "the book", I can still hear your voice and remember the time we shared and the bond we forged through YS/MS. Your positive attitude is something I still carry with me every day. I have so much to be thankful for and remember every day how quickly it can be taken away. Your passing has served as a life lesson for me and its something I take with me everywhere. Live every day as if you have finite time on this earth. Be strong and be thankful so that others may be influenced by your strength and gratitude. We miss you. Say 'hi" to Alan for me. YS/MS. - Erik
Posted by Cheryl Olszowka on December 14, 2014
Manna! I miss you! Your love of animals, your artwork, your ability to put me at ease, your giant heart. Thanks for opening your house to so many of us, and thanks for all the love.
Posted by Monika Zarow on December 13, 2014
It was too hard before, but it's high time I let you know how much you meant to me. I think about you a lot. You and your family opened up your home and your hearts to so many of us kids over the years. I saw how you savored life and lived with joy and laughter. I miss your laugh. Thank you for the great memories, Lynda. I know you and the Vitals will be part of my heart always.
Posted by Donald Butte on December 13, 2014
Every time anyone mentions Kraft or Engineering I think of Walt and the sparkle in his eyes reflecting the sparkle in , as he called you "Linnie's" eyes.

You may be missing a family member, but what a treasure to remember
Posted by Walt Vital on December 13, 2014
Don, you are a sweetheart! Lynnie did have a zest for life and a twinkle in her eyes!.....live it full she would say and she did!....love, Walt
Posted by Billy Heck on December 13, 2014
Tonight I raise a glass of scotch to you and yours, Lyndar.
Posted by Erika Bauserman on December 13, 2014
We talk about our dear friend often--we say "Lyn would have liked this"--when we come upon something that she would have enjoyed. St. Augustine has many "Lyn" places and experiences so she is here with us.  xo David, Erika, Erin
Posted by Nancy Dickie on December 13, 2014
Hi Lyn, missing you today. I desperately need someone to be nutty with. Still haven't mastered Photoshop like you did. I need your encouragement for that and for lots of other things too. Bless you, dear girl.
Posted by Jackie Blombach on April 23, 2014
Happy Birthday Lyn. I have your picture pinned above my desk. Think of you often.

It's springtime and Lily's fur is blowing all over the place for the birds to use. Wish we had the chance to create that little children's book together....
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on April 18, 2014
I took a sewing class in order to honor you last night and as I walked in to the ultra hipster, mod little D.I.Y. place with nag champa burning and candles burning in front of all the sewing machines a version of Hallelujah started playing. I immediately smiled and then laughed and asked the girl owner if I could tell her why. I told her I knew you put the song on so I would know you were in there reminding me how I never listened to you to slow down everytime you tried to teach me how to sew when I was little, 4th grade, 6th and again in 10th. All upon my request, I might add. I never had your eye, your patience or your ability to know that with a little extra time projects don't turn into disasters. "Slow down, Lizzy!" You'd always say. Well, mom..I'm not a great sewer, but because you put on our family song I actually did slow my typical Liz roll a bit and tried to emulate you. I learned a lot, my project turned out quite cute and guess what else, Lynnie? I now know why you always refused to make my prom dresses out of jersey fabric. It's a knit and your old sewing machine lacks the pressure wheel!! Well, why didn't you just say so in the first place back then, you silly girl?! Oh, right you probably did, but I was probably just going too fast too listen.

Oh, and of course we went to the beach today. I always see you there.
Posted by Walt Vital on April 18, 2014
Talked to the kids today on your 62nd Bday! We miss you so much. The love for you spills over to everything we do. Now the road takes me to Jax. Hold my hand as we journey on in this life together to new places. Your guidance is so appreciated! You will be with me forever....love, your old boyfriend
Posted by Mark Vital on April 17, 2014
Your love continues....Happy Birthday Sister!
Posted by Elizabeth Vital on December 27, 2013
The ocean here in Manhattan Beach is loud today. Perhaps it is you calling or perhaps it is your power, reminding me of mine. Frankie and Amber just drifted off, their bones looking like tiny seashells, their dust disappearing like yours did, as the water took them into it's body.

I remember the cloud that moved in the ocean when Dad released your remains, knee deep he was in your new home.
You, who I once lived inside, turned into an oceanic cloud, a ghost of the sea and then, like an apparition, you were gone.

The sun peeks through the clouds today and shines ideallicaly on the happy, peaceful surfers. I'm glad the sun is out today it reminds me of you, your smiling face, your endless laughter and reminds me that I too can shine on, no matter how hard. This life is a cruel one, but worth smiling during.

Two years later is nothing when I will never sop holding you until the end of eternity. As the ocean did you, like the sea around a shore, as Cat Stevens so quaintly put it. One year. Then two. I'll see you someday again-I just know it. I love you mom.
Posted by Brian Myers on December 14, 2013
Sending out love for Lyn and one of my favorite familys' on the entire planet, The Vitals. You're good eggs, all of you. Have a wonderful holiday! Miss you my Scotch Buddy...
Posted by Mairead Mayen on December 13, 2013
It has been 2 years and 7,420 views on this website. 7,420!! Lyn, you would probably scoff at how we are all still carrying on about you, but you truly made a mark on this world. I will love and miss you forever!
Posted by Mark Vital on December 13, 2013
You remain a beacon of light that will always burn. Love you forever
Posted by Erika Bauserman on December 13, 2013
How often do we say "Lyn would have liked that" or "I could see Lyn doing that?" Many times. We all miss you. Erika, David and Erin
Posted by Billy Heck on December 13, 2013
Lyndar! Ya' gave me my first good glass of scotch. We shared stories and stayed up late. There was a fire and family and friends, snow covering Blueberry Hill. All felt safe and warm and giddy...in no small part because of you.
Posted by Breda Walsh on December 13, 2013
I still have the invitation Lynn's celebration of life in my kitchen. I see it everyday and think of her. I decorated the Christmas tree the other day with the kids and thought of Lynn and how she would always send the best Christmas tree ornaments to Eilis (her godchild). Eilis and Mairead have continued that tradition with Kestrin and Rhyan (their godchildren) and it always makes the littlest moments that much more special. It is the little things that make us think of Lynn, not just today. She is forever in our hearts and we love you all so very much.
Posted by Walt Vital on December 13, 2013
I miss my gal so much! 2yrs doesn't make it any better! So be it, love you and miss you dearly....your Walt

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