Lynn Annette Mense, AKA “Lani”, of Lombard (formally of Elmhurst)

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 16th, 2019

menseLynn Annette Mense, AKA “Lani”, of Lombard (formally of Elmhurst), who kept this world rockin’ for 69 years, passed away June 14 at her daughter’s home in Grand Rapids, MI with her dog curled up next to her.

Lynn is survived by her daughter, Audrey (Jacob), brother, James, poodle Gracie, and soon to be Granddaughter (due in September).

To say Lynn was a devoted and loving mother is an understatement. She was also a world (and local) traveler, dog-lover, Pokémon hunter, Facebook poster-extraordinaire, and lover of folk and rock music.

She was involved in theatre in many forms including in high school, college, Elmhurst Community Theatre, and working with productions at her church and daughter’s schools.

Lynn was a long time member of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church. She loved to serve others in many ways, a few of which were through her work as a benefits coordinator at a brick layers union, as a member of Lombard Rocks by decorating and hiding rocks for area children to find, by giving thoughtful gifts to many she encountered even if they were just acquaintances, and by being a “collector” of  items and donating them to those in need and the organizations who support them.

Ever resilient, strong, and optimistic, Lynn continuously battled and lived with cancer for the past ten years and filled them with new experiences, fun, and traveling. She always believed in living life to the fullest. As Bob Dylan said, she stayed “forever young.”

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18th from 4pm-8pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. A Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 19th at 10 am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be at Garfield Cemetery (across from Garfield Farm Museum) in la Fox, IL.

As she was a big supporter of theatre education, in lieu of flowers please send memorials to:

Glenbard East Theatre, Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148

As Lynn was a costumer for theatre and liked clothes that were fun and flattering,  come in an outfit you love in a color that looks good on you even if that’s hot pink (Lynn was never a fan of people wearing black if it didn’t look good on them.


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Nancy Pruter says:

    Fond remembrances of a unique and “free spirit”. Great memories of a wonderful friend who helped me navigate those teenage years. Thank you Lynn,—because of you, my life was a happier place! Nancy Pruter

  2. Lynne Miguel says:

    Lynn without an e.. the world is not the same, friend.

  3. Carol Cooley says:

    Lynn I’m glad for the pleasant, though brief time we spent together in the Summer of 2018!! Thank you for loving the painting! I’m glad it gave you such pleasure for a whole year!! May the Lord Jesus comfort your family now, and may you rest in His peace!!

  4. Marsha Endahl E Kramer says:

    Lynn was a treasure!My family lived near hers in Elmhurst and we attended the same church. Lynn and I reconnected on Facebook and loved catching up with our lives. I graduated in ’66 from York and my family moved to New Canaan, CT when I was at U of Minnesota.

    Lynn was a positive, nurturing beautiful spirit who loved her family, friends and community. Her life made a significant difference in this world and she will be deeply missed.

    Am comforted by a deep belief in life after death and believe her Soul is in its next “parenthesis in eternity…” and she is no longer health challenged but is at peace.

    She shared light & love and that legacy of creativity and joy lives on…shines in her beloved daughter and will in her soon to be born grand child.

  5. Pat Steik says:

    What a privilege to have been your friend. Will miss you til we meet again. ❤️❤️❤️

  6. Cindy Cassidy says:

    Lynn was a long term friend who had boundless energy for fun. We could talk for hours through the night. She was so very proud of you, Audrey. She will be missed.

  7. Jim Mense says:

    I am so glad I was able to talk with Lynn briefly a couple of days before she died. We were able to go through our “childhood skit”. I cannot believe so much time has passed since those days. I know neither Lynn nor I felt we were actually that old.
    Marsha, I still fondly remember your sister, Merrilee, my high school sweetheart.

  8. Karen Spandikow says:

    I am so grateful that our paths crossed ! What an amazing person Lynn was. What an amazing footprint she left behind 🙂

  9. Rene Beck says:

    My dear friend-was wondering why you hadn’t been on our trips together. You are loved and you will be missed. I’m so glad you got to do your Disney trip-lasting memories are never lost.

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