Let the love she gave be the love we share with the world.
Hi Lynette Carissa Manai (née Ditz) died unexpectedly and tragically in Queens, NY at the age of 57.
Lynette is survived by her mother, Judith Ditz, of Paoli, PA; husband, Nabil, of Queens, NY; brother, Jeffrey Ditz (Lorrie), of West Chester, PA; and sister, Melissa Proctor (Jon), of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Latifah and Dominique; brother-in-law Mohammed; nieces Samantha, Rachel, and Sera; nephews Jeffrey Jr., Evan, Edam, and Anis; stepmother Cheryll; aunts Anita and Jill; uncle Ray; and a devoted village of close friends spread across the world.
Lynette was born on December 24, 1961 in Philadelphia, PA to Judith and Ronald Ditz. She graduated from Great Valley High School (Malvern, PA) in 1979 and Principia College (Elsah, IL) with honors in 1984.   After moving to New York, she began working for Van Norstrum Rhinehold, then Miramax, and finally found her place with her mentor Derrick Cephas. She was his executive assistant at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and friend for 19 years. They previously worked together at Amalgamated Bank and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. 

Lynette was accomplished at so many things including poetry, cooking, dancing, music appreciation, and generosity. She lived life to the fullest. She loved to travel and see the world; Lynette met Nabil, her husband and soulmate, on one of her many trips abroad. They married in 2007 in Paris, France. She recently visited Iceland to see the Northern Lights; Tunisia; and Nîmes, France, which is where she expressed a desire to retire with Nabil. She spoke French enthusiastically whenever possible and always at home. When she was younger, she quickly ran the NYC (3:27) and Boston marathons. She was never without a New York Times crossword or acrostic; she completed them in ink. Lynette was a private person and shunned social media, preferring to speak with people in person. She never met a stranger and made friends wherever she went, promoted inclusion, and loved everyone. 

A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, January 6th and she was buried on Monday, January 7 at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY. 

We think Lynette would strongly support donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center at 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104; Muslim Community Network NY at 239 Thompson Street, New York, NY, 10012; or Inside Broadway at 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 802, New York, NY 10036. Or High Oaks, Inc. 1489 Baltimore Pike, Suite 234, Springfield PA 19064

To contact the family or to share photos, please leave a note on this site or email rememberinglynette@gmail.com or address  is 702 Weatherstone Dr, Paoli, PA 19301. Please email to request access to another photo site with more pictures. 
Posted by Joanne Davis on January 29, 2019
Sleep in peace dear Lynette - your smile will never be forgotten xoxo
Posted by Melissa Proctor on January 24, 2019
"Lynette was one of those life forces--whenever we'd go out, no matter what we were doing, she'd always manage to put me in a great mood.
I have also forwarded this news to the other members of our former dance troupe. They are equally devastated.
Thank you for letting me know. I will always have fond memories of Lynette."
Robin from Troupe du Jour, Lynette's NYC dance troupe
Posted by Mark Ditz on January 18, 2019
God Bless You, Lynette.
Posted by Melissa Proctor on January 16, 2019

Her name is Lynette Manai. She was my dear sweet friend. She was vibrant and funny and smart And kind. She was full of love. Our hearts are so broken. We will never hear her laughter or see her sunny smile again. We will never be able to tell her how much we love her ever again. This egotistical driver has killed a woman who was a gift to our world. She has ruined the lives of her family and friends. Her husband is inconsolable with grief. His precious angel is gone.
From Debra in response to this local news article comment regarding a memorial constructed by local residents: https://jacksonheightspost.com/memorial-created-after-woman-struck-and-killed-by-unlicensed-driver
Posted by Heather Hurley on January 15, 2019
Lynette will be missed by so many. She was definitely a bright light. I was so sad to hear of her passing and sadder still that I have not seen her in so long. She was beloved by her family and I am so sorry she was taken way too soon from all who loved her so much. Cousin Heather
Posted by Laura Phillips on January 11, 2019
I worked with Lynette. She was a positive and friendly person and is missed.
Posted by Melissa Proctor on January 11, 2019
"I went to Sunday School with Lynette (of course you & Jeff were there too, just in younger classes). She is such a joy. I will miss her - even just knowing that she’s not here any more. Warm affection to you & your family. I’m so sorry."
Melanie Kirkpatrick
Posted by Melissa Proctor on January 11, 2019
"I remember Lynette as having an effusive and bubbly personality while she and my brother Steve were dating in high school. She loved speaking French around the dinner table - I thought she was so chic! She was always so kind to me and my mother. I am deeply sorry for your family’s loss, a life ended far too soon and tragically."
Jeanne Martino Locklear
Posted by Melissa Proctor on January 11, 2019
"I'm so very sorry for your loss.Lynette and I graduated together. I remember her being upbeat, sweet and smiling even in early morning homerooms and as her tribute said a friend to all. Sounds like she made the most of her brief time on this earth and was surrounded with the love of family and friends. Hoping that brings your family some comfort at this most difficult time. " Lisa Della-Penna Brand
Posted by Melissa Proctor on January 11, 2019
"Lynette was always a light and a breath of fresh air. My favorite quality of hers, and the one from which I take inspiration, is that she was always unapologetically herself. She was comfortable in her own skin and emanated love and laughter."
From cousin Heidi...

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