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Charitable bequest will continue retired teacher’s legacy


Hinsdale – Retired educator Lynn Coleman generously supported Adventist St. Thomas Hospice and its bereavement programs for more than 10 years. When the Westmont resident passed away, her legacy of giving continued; a generous bequest of more than $500,000 in her name will ensure the continuation of the bereavement programs she so charitably supported in her lifetime.

Coleman’s ongoing financial support made possible Adventist St. Thomas Hospice’s vigil box program. Specially designed aids for volunteers assisting with end-of-life care, vigil boxes contain prayers, readings, music and supportive tools. Hospice staff members presented the innovative concept to their peers at last year’s International Palliative Care Conference.

“Lynn’s intent was for her bequest to benefit supportive services such as volunteer programs, pastoral care and adult, teen and child bereavement programs,” said Pam Mezyk, director of Adventist St. Thomas Hospice. “Her generosity will specifically aid volunteers, staff and family members. She will be greatly missed.”

Coleman was a physical education teacher at Downers Grove South High School before her retirement. She passed away Feb. 1 at age 66.

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, 8230 S. Madison, Burr Ridge, is part of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Certified by Medicare and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Adventist St. Thomas Hospice serves patients and families in DuPage, eastern Kane, northern Will and western Cook counties. For more information, call (630) 856-6990.