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Dorothy "Lynnie" Solner

December 20, 1941 March 20, 2020
Dorothy "Lynnie" Solner
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Obituary for Dorothy "Lynnie" Solner

DOROTHY LYNN SOLNER, much better known as Lynnie, passed away peacefully in Chicago on March 20, spending her last days with her daughters and lifelong best friend. Her kindness, humor and gratitude were fully intact.

Beloved wife of the late Robert Solner and loving mother of Tracy Hedstrom (Tim), Stephanie Kemp (Adam Bluming) and Ginny Kemp (Mike Biondi), she was also the adored and proud Grandma of Madeleine, Jack, Will, Dawson, Olivia, Elise, Frances and Bobby.

Lynnie was the dear stepmom of Michael Solner (Susan), Kathleen Solner Pearce, Susan Solner Janjigian (Michael), Patricia Solner Heimer (Paul) and Ann Seraydarian (Gregory). She loved being Grandma Lynnie to Michael (Mallory), Katie (Jamey), Jacqueline, Kiersten, Michael, Thomas, Gregory, Katie (Matt) and Maggie. She often bragged about her and Bob’s 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Olivia and Will.

Lynnie was born December 20, 1941, and raised in Detroit and Southfield, Michigan, to Russell and Virginia Dawson. She attended Kingswood, Ferry Hall Academy and Michigan State before raising her three girls in Birmingham, Michigan.

She was the loving younger sister of the late Russell “Buck" Dawson, Frances Woodruff and Virginia Dawson. She is survived by and was the (mostly!) loving and always protective big sister of James Dawson. Lynnie was a fierce athlete, loyal friend and champion aunt - always choosing to approach life between glass half full and glass overflowing.

Her epic, contagious and limitless smile will be forever remembered and missed.

In lieu of flowers, please check in with someone you miss, call the friend you haven’t seen for too long, take a walk in the woods or make as many chocolate chip cookies as possible (extra butter - softened, not melted) and share them with the people you love……and/or total strangers.

Memorial service and celebration will take place in Michigan this summer.

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