Sydney Lynn Springer

sydney springer

April 14, 1933 ~ September 15, 2022

Born in: Eureka, California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Sydney “Lynn” Springer lived a long and inspiring life as a wife, mother, teacher, mentor and friend. After 89 years of blissful living, she passed away on September 15, 2022.
Lynn was born on April 14, 1933, in Eureka, California. She had a twin brother, Tom, whom she loved dearly and grew up with him and their parents in Crescent City, California. After high school, Lynn moved to San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University. She worked at a bank in the Castro district and loved telling stories about her many experiences there. She studied Education and met her forever love, her future husband, Bob who was also studying education.
After graduating college, Lynn and Bob moved to Sacramento and started a family. Stephanie was born in Sacramento where they lived briefly before moving to Livermore, where they welcomed their second daughter, Melissa. In 1966, Bob took a job at Washington High School, which meant a relocation to Fremont, where they planted roots and stayed for the next 56 years.
Lynn started her teaching career in 1973, substitute teaching at various high schools in Fremont. Eventually, she only substituted at Washington and occasionally at American High School. She continued to substitute teach until 1995 when she took a permanent position at Vista Alternative High School. She loved teaching at Vista and made a huge impact on many students, especially those that endured unusual hardships. She cared about all of her students and was committed to providing guidance and inspiration for them.
Lynn taught at Vista from 1995-2014, when she retired begrudgingly, because she had no interest in learning the new curriculum, Common Core.
Lynn enjoyed traveling abroad and taking in all the culture and sights. She loved spending summers at the cabin in Lake Almanor swimming, boating, reading and relaxing. She had a core group of best girlfriends that always got together for annual summer trips to the cabin.
In 2020, Lynn and Bob celebrated being married for 60 years. They both loved dogs and always had a Labrador retriever in the home. She worked crossword puzzles every day, and was always reading the newest New York Times bestselling book. She was always reading.
In 2005, Lynn became a proud Grandmother to baby Sam and then again in 2007, to baby Jason. They were pure joy for her to be around and one of her favorite past times was at the table playing triple Solitaire with her grandsons.
She is survived by her daughter Stephanie; daughter Melissa and son-in-law David; grandsons Sam and Jason. She also had a handful of Nieces and Nephews.
Lynn was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and friend to many colleagues, students, and athletes. Now, she is resting in peace. She will be missed dearly but never forgotten.

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  1. Sending light and love to all who mourn Lynn’s passing. What a lovely and loving tribute. May her memory be a blessing!

  2. I have such great memories of both Lynn and Bob. Walking through Vista and listening to Lynn laughing it up with students or staff. And Bob during his coaching days at WHS. Both of YOU always… gave sooo much!

  3. CandleLynn -Your energy and enthusiasm for family and life was contagious! I loved to hear you talk about teaching as it inspired me so! I I know you’re happy to be back together with Bob. You are so loved and will be missed every day!

  4. CandleWhat a lovely tribute written about a woman who I was honored to know for many years. Her gifts of teaching, inspiring, storytelling, laughing, listening and loving fiercely came with an infectious energy that drew you in. I spent many long lazy summer days at Lake Almanor with Melissa and Stephanie so Lynn had me at their cabin constantly. As a teenager I loved listening to her talk about books, her best girlfriends and how she was a Football Wife. As an adult I realized that a visit with Lynn would leave me warm, enlightened and loved. I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt that way. Love you Melissa and Stephanie….you’re both in my mind and heart.

  5. Lynn was cool! And a joy to spend time with- always laughing and generous and sweet. Her love of books and stories always kept you interested. I’m blessed to have her and her family in my life.

  6. Lynn was my lifelong friend, my college roommate, my Maid of Honor and Bob our Best Man. We traveled together and laughed together sharing memories. The afternoons at Almanor playing Trivial Pursuit, eating popcorn and drinking wine were the best. She was a treasure who bestowed her love copiously on her family, students and friends always making us feel special. She is woven into my life forever.

  7. I loved working with Lynn at Vista HS. She took every one of her students under her wing, always with a twinkle in her eye and her great sense of humor. You could always tell that Lynn enjoyed life. Her students and the staff were fortunate to have her in our lives, and she will be missed. May God bless her.

  8. CandleI loved having Lynn as a teaching colleague at Vista Alternative School! She was so lively, fun loving, and caring. Truly devoted to helping the students, she took her position seriously but still managed to have fun at it. I’m sad to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace!

    • CandleHi Kathy
      Thank you for your kind words.
      I have tried to get a hold of you.
      Mom mentioned your name a lot.

  9. Lynn was a special teacher and friend.
    Being with her, we’d talk and laugh to no end.
    Teaching to her was an art.
    Special memories of her touch my heart.

  10. Simply put, Lynn Springer was awesome. As a teacher and a colleague (of which I was fortunate to be one for many years) she shared her positivity with everyone….never failing to treat each of us with kindness, respect and genuine warmth. Lynn was, it’s no secret, relentlessly enjoyable and tons of fun to be around. While saddened to learn of her passing, I’m grateful for having known her.

      • Hi Melissa,
        I worked at the Opportunity Program (1990-2012) in the same building as your mom… our interior doors opened into Vista. Passing through, 16 times a day, I’d bother your mom any chance I could, always having a laugh…or getting some, humbly submitted, good advice and encouragement. She really was, as I mentioned, awesome.
        You may not remember me, but I went to WHS and graduated with your sister Stephanie (a sweetheart just like your mom). My condolences to you…and please pass them along to your sister for me, as well.
        Take care.

  11. I had the good fortune of working with Lynn for 5 years at Vista. Two quick stories. One time, my wife, Yvonne, and I were in a grammatical dispute. So I said I would call Lynn and let her settle the disagreement. Point: Yvonne, for which Yvonne remembers Lynn fondly to this day. Story #2- one day at Vista, I had two or three things going on simultaneously, and while walking by Lynn’s desk, I stopped, unable to recall what I was supposed to do next. I next, in a voice loud enough for Lynn to hear, said to myself, “I’m missing something.” I next heard Lynn say, “What, good sense?” I couldn’t help but laugh at that very quick and witty comment, and it still brings a smile to my face today. God bless you Lynn, rest in peace.

  12. CandleI will miss you dear Lynn. Your humor and compassion for the younger students you touched I’m sure miss you greatly.

  13. Where do I start? I don’t know if there are enough words in my vocabulary to express what a great lady Lynn was, I also was fortunate to have interacted with Lynn when she taught at Vista, , always so upbeat, so fun to be around, yes she was one of those ladies that had it all together, rest in peace, Lynn!

  14. Lynn ………… My dearest friend. I am reading and reading so many wonderful words from those who knew her. All have expressed my sentiments as well. Times and places we have shared keep running thru’ my mind. ……
    forever I’m certain.
    Hugs and LOVE are racing thru my mind right this minute, I am sure they will be there FOREVER!!!!

    Love and hugs, Pat

  15. CandleLynn was such a joy to be around! I was fortunate enough to be her neighbor at Vista. She read my students’ essays and I would help her students with Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2. Sure missed her on Monday when she didn’t work!

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