Obituary - Elizabeth Ann (Lean) Lyle

Elizabeth Ann (Lean) Lyle, of Longwood at Oakmont, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Elizabeth was born on September 22, 1923 in Winona, MN, the daughter of Merton and Bernadine (Kube) Lean.

Growing up in Shorewood WI, Elizabeth was valedictorian of the Shorewood High School - class of 1943, where she won the nationwide Westinghouse Science Award.  She graduated with honors in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1947 where she was a member of Alpha XI Delta.  After teaching chemistry at UW Extension in Milwaukee, she married John Paul Lyle of Birmingham, Alabama in 1948.  They moved to New Kensington, PA where she worked as a chemist for Koppers, Inc. until her retirement.

Elizabeth was an avid reader who also enjoyed watching the Wisconsin football team and the Green Bay Packers.  She and Paul, a metallurgist with Alcoa, enjoyed hiking in the mountains throughout the United States, but particularly the Appalachians, where they photographed many species of plants and flowers.  Upon retirement, she and Paul enjoyed life at Longwood at Oakmont where they spearheaded many gardening and landscape projects.  

Survivors include her husband, Paul, of Longwood at Oakmont; a brother, John (Elinore) Lean of Glendale, WI; a sister-in-law, Pauline Lyle Campbell, of Birmingham, Alabama; a niece, Paula (Sam) Girouard, of Bellingham, WA; a niece, Ann Lean, of Fairfield, CA; a nephew, Wm. J. Lean, of Madison, WI; a grandniece, Kristen Parkinson, of Oakland, CA; and other relatives and friends.

The family extends its thanks to the caring staff of St. Margaret's Hospital and Longwood at Oakmont.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorials in Elizabeth's name may be sent to the American Lung Association .


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