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Paul J. Lynch

July 1, 2021 | 6 comments

Paul J. Lynch, age 88, died the evening of June 28, 2021 after a short illness. He was born December 16, 1932 in Ogdensburg, New York to M. Joseph and Amy B Lynch. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Ogdensburg, Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York and did post graduate studies at Purdue University. He married Joan O’Connor on August 25, 1956 in Syracuse. Together they celebrated almost 65 wonderful and fulfilling years of marriage. He was employed at Trane Company as a chemist for 15 years and had a number of U.S. Patents. Paul also taught Industrial Hygiene at Western Technical College for 7 years. He then started A&A Chemical Laboratory, serving environment testing needs, which he ran for 25 years.

Paul co-founded the private school girls’ sports league in La Crosse. He was also a founding member of the La Crosse section of the American Chemical Society. After he retired, he and Joan were fortunate to spend 15 years in Tucson, Arizona and many years at their summer cottage in Wisconsin.

Paul is survived by his wife and eight of their nine children, Elizabeth (Doug) Orman, Joseph (Barb) and their children Ryan (Gentry), Connor and Neil, Dr. Margaret (Mike Herchenbach) and her children Lauren and Kevin, Dr. Timothy (Berta) and their children Phillip, Grace and Hannah, Dr. John (Patti) and their children Kelly, Jack and Kira, Michael (Krista), Mary (Vincent Rust) and her children Carly and Madison, and Kathleen (Joe Ryder) and their children Gage, Gavin and Garrett. He is also survived by his brothers John (Sonee) and Bill (Kathy) and his sister-in-law, Patricia McGraw.

Paul was preceded in death by his son Peter, parents and in-laws, three sister-in-laws and their husbands, a brother-in-law and his wife, and his niece, Anne Lynch.

His funeral will be held on Saturday July 10, 2021 with visitation from 9:30 am until mass at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Church, 1333 13th St. S La Crosse. There will be a private family burial immediately after mass at Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated if sent to the American Heart Association, the Cerebral Palsy Association or one of your choice.



  1. Roxanne Wathen

    It was a pleasure to take care of Paul the short time I did at Benedictine he held a piece of my heart always made me laugh when I went into his room in the morning.. you will be missed Paul.

  2. Laurie Reed

    My sympathies to all his family, Mrs. Lynch, Betsey, Joe, Peggy, Tim, John, Marie Kathleen, and Mary. He was a very kind person

  3. Diann

    Joan. ..my heart is full. I was so honored to have met you both.
    He is making everyone happy in heaven as he did Everytime I met Paul.

  4. Bill and Kathy Lynch and family

    Dear Aunt Joan and Family
    We were so saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We are thinking of you all with love and prayers. You have so many wonderful memories – praying they help ease your hearts. Our deepest sympathies to you all.

  5. Michelle L Polzin

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kent Smith

    Kathy and whole family-
    My condolences to you all. From the obituary his sounded like a life well lived from his family focus to his work to improve the world. You all are in my thoughts and I hope you find some measure of peace in the love you had for him.


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