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No visitation planned


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:00 am
Graveside Service
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines


Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Lynn M. Bernal Lynn Bernal was born into eternal life by knowing her Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday September 8, 2017.

Lynn was born in Arnolds Park, Iowa on February 11, 1950 but spent most of her life in Dubuque, Iowa. The last 20 years were in Des Moines.

A highly spirited, energetic, woman, Lynn had many business ventures mostly in Direct Marketing, owned a craft store and sold Log Cabins. She was very talented in Interior Design and made homes beautiful! Her last venture up until her illness, was in estate planning, where her clients, were her family and she truly lived her motto, “obsessively, relentlessly at your service!” Lynn enjoyed scuba diving, gardening, canning, loved animals and loved to entertain.

A graveside service will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, September 20th, at Glendale Cemetery 4909 University Avenue, in Des Moines

Survivors include her three children Jim Brown of Dubuque, Dana Knockle of Freemont, Nebraska and Jillian Bernal of Des Moines. Cousins Sandy Courtney, Judith Roberts and Susan Elliott

Lynn was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Vi Zahina, her son Lance Kennedy, and a brother and a sister.

A special thanks to her friends who were by her side in her last days Miranda, Don, John, Greg, Terry, Ben, Ron, Kathleen, Barb and Diana

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