Carolyn (Lyn) Schmidt Arvay left this earthly existence and entered God s eternal realm on Thursday, July 16, 2020. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of over 62 years, her family members and many friends, and all who knew her. Her love and loyalty to family, her appreciation for the simple things, her generosity, her beautiful smile and laughter, and deep Christian faith will be remembered by everyone.
She was born in Wooster, Ohio on October 6, 1935 to parents Rev. Paul and Mrs. Marie Schmidt. The middle child of five, Lyn attended Wooster City Schools through tenth grade. The family moved to Cleveland and she graduated from South High School in 1953. She attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio and received her bachelor s degree in 1957. While at Heidelberg, Lyn met Art Arvay. Following his graduation, they were married in Cleveland on June 15, 1958, in a ceremony performed by their fathers. They moved to Princeton, NJ, and Art enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary while Lyn taught middle school mathematics. After Art s ordination into the Christian ministry in June, 1961, the two of them moved to Youngstown for two years and then to Tallmadge for 19 years. Lyn took a hiatus of 8 years from teaching while their three children were pre-school. Each summer when the children were young, the family would camp across America and Canada, traveling to all 48 contiguous states and most of the Canadian provinces. Lyn completed her master s degree in guidance counseling at Kent State University in 1970. Lyn enjoyed a thirty-year career in education, both as a mathematics teacher and as a counselor in Cleveland, Princeton, NJ, Tallmadge and in Boca Raton and Orlando, Florida, where she retired from the position of Director of Guidance at Discovery Middle School. Her former students remember Mrs. Arvay as a gentle spirit who was always there to counsel students through any difficulty they were facing.
Lyn returned to Wooster in 1999 when she and Art sold their cottage on Pleasant Hill Lake in Perrysville and bought a home here. Lyn was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ where she shared her beautiful alto voice in the choir and volunteered in the breakfast program. She was also a member of the Colony Club and she and Art enjoyed many years of ushering for Ohio Light Opera. The Arvays spent 21 years of their retirement dividing their time between Ohio and Florida. They continued their love of travel and curiosity of the world s cultures by traveling to more than 51 countries. Her hobbies included fitness walking, spending time in the kitchen crafting new and old recipes, playing bridge, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers, though she was also a big fan of the Orlando Magic. Lyn was a talented seamstress having spent many years making clothes for her children, Halloween costumes for her grandchildren, and recently making masks for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lyn is survived by Art, her loving husband of 62 years, daughter and son-in-law Jan and Jon Lindsay of Archbold, Ohio, and grandchildren Jayson (Christina) of West Chester, Jennifer of Ashland, and Jessica of Archbold. Other survivors include sisters-in-law Lucy Schmidt of Wooster, Shirlie Schmidt of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and sixteen nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons Alan and David, her sisters Dorothea Ackerman and Lois Wenger, her brothers Paul Schmidt and Louis Schmidt, her sister-in-law MaryEsther Carman, and her brothers-in-law Don Ackerman, Dick Carman, and Earl Wenger.
A private celebration of Lyn s life will be held with the family and the Rev. Dr. Kevan Franklin from Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster. In lieu of visitation, any memories, words of remembrance, or photos of Lyn would be greatly appreciated and received by the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The celebration of life service will be live-streamed on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Facebook Page on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:30 am.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
A private family burial will be in Tallmadge. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster or Wayne County Habitat for Humanity.
Trinity United Church of Christ, 150 E. North St., Wooster, OH 44691 or Habitat for Humanity, 2700 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
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