Aug. 12, 1959 — April 25, 2020
On April 25, 2020, Lynne Rumery — loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, niece and cousin — died unexpectedly of an arteriovenous malformation that caused a massive brain hemorrhage at the age of 60. She was everyone’s best friend.
Lynne Grace Gertmenian, or Lynnie as her mother called her, was born on Aug. 12, 1959, to Paul and Eleanor Gertmenian in Princeton, N.J. The family moved in 1960 to Oakland, where Lynne spent most of her childhood. She started playing the piano at an early age, and she became an accomplished, classically trained pianist. Although shy to perform, she put her whole self into expressing her music, and in 1977 she moved to New York City to attend Juilliard, where she would meet her future husband, Christopher Glen Rumery, a trumpet player. Though they both pursued medical careers — Chris as an anesthesiologist and Lynne as a nurse — their love of music stayed with them forever.
Lynne and Chris were married in 1983 and moved from New York to Philadelphia for Chris to attend medical school. There, they welcomed their daughters Jennifer, in 1986, and Kristin, in 1989. After Chris’ medical internship, the family moved to Sacramento. In 1994 they welcomed a son, Michael, and moved to Davis, where they would raise a happy and loving family.
Lynne had always wanted to be a mother, and she poured herself into raising her young family. Whether volunteering to drive the tennis team to matches, camping overnight with the fifth-grade class in Point Reyes or playing the piano for the school play, Lynne was always present in her children’s lives. She opened her 凯发体育官方sporthome and heart to her children’s friends, and their lives were rich with fun times and laughter.
Lynne’s other passion was to help others. She found an outlet for this passion by volunteering at the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee of Yolo County. For 15 years, Lynne trained office staff, ran the children’s book distribution for the Holiday Program and helped thousands of local families find food and shelter. Lynne treated every social worker and family she served with compassion and respect, listening always with patience, kindness and empathy. Lynne loved her time at STEAC and forged close friendships with many of the staff and volunteers.
Lynne greeted every day with a smile and positivity and will be missed by all. She is survived by her grieving parents, Paul and Eleanor Gertmenian; her sister, Ruth Gertmenian-Wong; her loving husband, Chris Rumery; her three children and their spouses, Jennifer and James Collender, Kristin and Evan Seder, and Michael Rumery; her grandchildren and the apples of her eye, Jessica Lynne Collender and Calvin Seder; and her faithful canine companion, Lucy. Also her brother-in-law, Daryl Wong; her sister-in-law, Rebecca Rumery; and her nieces and nephews.
Lynne was an unfailingly sweet, giving, gracious and thoughtful person. Whether walking with a friend or listening to the clerk at the grocery store, Lynne’s compassion and genuine concern for others were always felt. If there were only two words to summarize Lynne’s life, they would be “Be kind.” Let her kindness, positivity, gratitude and love for us all continue to shine and live on in the world. We love you, Lynne, and we are grateful for the time we had with you. Only wish it had been a lot longer.
In consideration of everyone’s health and safety in the current environment, there will be no memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to STEAC in Lynne’s memory at STEAC.org/donate.php.ShareTweet