Agnes Quinn Lynch, 94, passed away on November 14 at her longtime McLean, VA home. Beloved wife of the late James Lynch, she is survived by many who loved and adored her, including her children Mary Agnes Garman (Rick), Joanne Lynch, John Lynch (Noelle), and Margaret Lynch (Scott Blake); and grandchildren Ryan, Emily, and Jack Lynch; and Catherine and James Martin.
Born to Martin and Mary (Christ) Quinn in the mining village of Jacksons, two miles from Mahanoy City, Agnes often described her happy childhood with elder siblings Mary and Thomas. Her parents were both graduates of McCann’s Business College where Martin, of Jacksons, met "Mame" Christ of Tamaqua. Martin worked as a bookkeeper for the St. Nicholas Colliery while Mame, daughter of a Tamaqua baker, created delicious pies and cakes that became legendary with her grandchildren.
Agnes Quinn met and married the love of her life, James Lynch, who first noticed the vivacious red-headed drum majorette at Mahanoy Township High School. Jim worshipped Agnes throughout their 68 years of marriage. Of his life’s accomplishments, he continually reminded everyone of his greatest achievement: winning Agnes.
A Registered Nurse by profession, Agnes graduated from the Reading, PA, School of Nursing and earned her BS in Nursing Education with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. Among her assignments – Albany Stratton Medical Center, NY; the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Arlington and Fairfax Hospitals, VA – her earliest joy was observing the improvement of veterans in her care and their appreciation for any help given.
A loving mother and nana, Agnes was most proud of her children and grandchildren who were inspired and blessed by her example and involvement. Agnes brought remarkable energy and selflessness to any undertaking, whether a feast of the family’s home-cooked favorites or events as the classroom Room Mother. She always had a sincere compliment for everyone, from owners to cashiers, and stressed the importance of expressing appreciation for others’ kindness.
Agnes was an active and devout Catholic throughout her life. A member of St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean since its inception, she was an early organizer of the St. Luke Church Adult Group. That group and her many friendships remained a highlight of her calendar well into her 90’s.
Agnes was predeceased by her beloved siblings, Mary Garner of Annapolis, MD, and Thomas Quinn of Glens Falls, NY. A private funeral mass was held at St. Luke’s. Agnes is buried beside her husband at St. Canicus Cemetery, fulfilling their lifelong wish to be buried near their much loved and admired family and ancestors.
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