Ellen “Lynn” Schindler – a former 4th District state representative of Spokane Valley – passed away Dec. 4 at the age of 74.
Schindler, a Republican, served in the Legislature for 10 years.
“I knew Lynn well before she got into politics – which was after raising 10 children – and was not at all surprised that once she became a member of the House, she was an absolute paragon of what a legislator ought to be,” said state Sen. Mike Padden, who currently serves the 4th District.
“In addition to being a solid conservative who reflected the values of the 4th district, she displayed a great ability to work with people on both sides of an issue to accomplish things,” he added.
Schindler was appointed to the Legislature in 1998 to the seat that Padden once held before becoming a Spokane County District Court judge in 1995. She was elected to four more terms before stepping down in 2008.
She was also a member of the Spokane Regional Health Board, a president of the Spokane Valley Republican Women and a president of Spokane College Women. She partnered with her husband in the Schindler Electric Supply Co.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim Schindler, and nine children. She is preceded in death by her son, Patrick, who died in a car accident in 1995.
A funeral mass was celebrated Dec. 13 at St. Michael’s Church.