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Patricia B. Lynett


Patti Lynett - 2017 Honoree

Patti Lynett’s lifetime of giving selflessly to her family, friends and community is well documented, but it’s hard to capture her spirit, boundless energy, and joyful heart in words. There is not an organization in Scranton that hasn’t been touched by her generosity. There is not a person in Scranton who hasn’t been touched by her humor, kindness, positive outlook and beautiful smile. Patti loves being around people, whether it is to help in her community, rally for a cause, or bring her family and friends together for a celebration.

Patti Lynett lives in Scranton with her husband, George.  They have four children: Sheila Stallman, George, Jimmy and Sharon and eleven grandchildren.

Patti is a graduate of St. Paul High School and Marywood University.  She co-owned Helen Schwartz Gifts from in Scranton from 1982-1992.

Patti’s compassion for others is evident in her philanthropy and passion to serve others. She served on the Board of Directors of many local organizations such as Saint Joseph’s Center, Catholic Social Services, Moses Taylor Hospital, Physicians Health Alliance, NEPA Philharmonic and The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. She served on the Board of Trustees at Scranton Preparatory School and Marywood University.

Patti was Board Chair of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and the Everhart Museum. In 2009, Patti and George chaired The United Way Drive of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. 

Aside from Patti’s involvement in her community, she loves to travel and spend time with her family. Patti has enjoyed many adventures, but she especially enjoys her time at Elk Lake in the summers with her children, grandchildren and extended family.

Three years ago, Patti was diagnosed with breast cancer. She never let cancer put a dent in her outgoing personality and zest for life. Patti’s cancer never defined her; her strength and courage facing her treatment did. We are grateful to Patti for her generous and loving commitment to the community and for gracefully showing us all that hope, humor and faith can beat cancer.