Lynette Shrivana Kowlessar was born on December 6, 1942 in Rose Hall, Canje Berbice, Guyana.  She was the eldest of 6 children, born to Arnold and Julie Kowlessar.  Lynette’s early education was in Guyana and she later continued her studies in the United States.  She married Nazeer Anthony “Speedy” Bacchus on February 6, 1959.  They lived throughout Guyana over the years as Tony’s position as District Commissioner had him travel to various parts of the country.  Lynette & Tony became the proud parents of a baby boy during this time.  Several years later she was expecting twin girls who were born in New York.  After moving back to Guyana for 3 years, the growing family made a permanent move to New York City in 1977. They lived in Brooklyn, Queens and eventually moved New Jersey.  Lynette achieved her Nursing Certification and began her long career caring for the needs of others.  Being the daughter of a Lutheran Minister, Lynette was very active in church and community wherever she lived.  She raised her children in like faith.  Some of her activities throughout her life had her involved in Family Promise and Christian Clowns visiting sick and disabled children in hospitals.   Meals on Wheels, Mission Trips, Habitat for Humanity were other worthy groups in which she participated.  After many years in New Jersey including a long relationship at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Middletown where she was a Deacon, Lynette relocated to Georgia where she lived for 23 years. She continued her church life at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church as a dedicated leader, where she became an Elder.  Lynette participated in the choir for over 20 years.  External choir activities included the Choral Guild, BJ Chorale and Gwinnett Symphony Chorus.  In addition to her love of singing, Lynette participated in Silver Sneakers, Gourmet Lunch and The Sunshiners.  In between all of this, Lynette fed everyone and was famous for her wonderful cooking.  Her professional career continued in Hospital and Home Health care for over 20 years as well.  After retiring in 2015, there were side jobs, volunteer work and church activities. Lynette still found time throughout her life to travel across the U.S. and the world visiting Asia, Europe, the Mid East as well as participating in the Rose Bowl, visiting Mt. Rushmore, Alaska and the Grand Canyon.  The most inspirational trip of her life was to visit Jerusalem where she reaffirmed her faith through baptism in the Jordan River among many other adventures. Lynette Kowlessar lived life to the fullest providing nourishment and encouragement to her family and others.  She has been an inspiration to many and a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and dear friend. She was and remains the ‘glue’ that holds the family together. She is survived by: Sisters Jeanette Subryan, Juliet Ramlall, Eunice Bailey and Ingrid Mathew, Children Mark Bacchus and wife Pammy, Rosanne Robinson and husband Noel, Rosetta Forshee and husband Bruce, Grandchildren Rebecca, Rachel, Noel Jr. and Nadia and her four-legged feline Ohana. In lieu of flowers, because of Lynette’s passion and dedication, the family requests all donations be directed to Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 800 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville GA 30046.

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  1. Sweet Lynette always had a hug and a kiss for all of us every time we saw her. She brought us food when our son, Kennan, was born and she has always had a special place in his heart. It was hard to share the news of her passing with him. We will miss her so much and our hearts are truly broken knowing we will not see her smiling face singing every Sunday. The promise of seeing her again warms our hearts as we know she is sharing her love and song in Heaven.

  2. I worked with mrs Lynette at mrs harrisons. She always told me she loved me and would text me sweet things to brighten my day. We grew to hear about her kids and grandkids. She will be truly missed. Love you lady!!

  3. I went to school with Lynette many moons ago , teenagers together.
    Always a sweet loving and caring person , Rready to help in time of need You are with the Lord now my friend Will miss you but have fond memories

  4. So sorry that Lynnette has left us, I was honored to work with her ,she was an excellent nurse, caring and compassionate, always had a great smile,God bless her and her family

  5. Lynette let her light of love shine wherever she went. Such a blessing to everyone she met! She will be profoundly missed by her family, friends, colleagues and especially her church.

  6. I’m still shocked to hear of the passing of sweet, dear Lynette. She was a special light for Him. Anyone who spent any time around her could feel His love shining through. She ran the race well–and I have no doubt she is with Him now. She always brightened my days every time I was blessed to be around her during GWCC choir rehearsals and performances. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing her without a smile on her face. You will be greatly missed, dear lady–and what an example you were! You showed us how we can all live for Him by brightening the corners where we are every day.

  7. I’ll miss reminiscing with Auntie Lynette about my mom, and those younger days when I was a kid staying at her house in New York, when I was going school. I will miss her birthday greetings. Finally, I will always remember how fond she was of my children, and how good she was to them.

  8. On behalf of my family and I (Janet, Andrew, Shobhana and mom ( Clarice Shivrattan).
    May you R.I.P. Aunt Lynette. You were always loved and respected. I always looked up to you since I met you. You’re 1 in a million awesome 👏 person.

  9. Thank you so much Grandma fro being the best grandmother anyone could ever ask for.I am so thankful that I got to spend eighteen wonderful years with you. Thank you for teaching all of us to follow God’s word and to be loving and devoting Christians. I am going to miss seeing your smiling face when we go to Church on Sundays, but I know that you are looking down at us from Heaven with a big smile on your face and that you are proud of the people we have become. We love you always and will miss you dearly.

  10. Aunt Lynette, you will be missed by all your loved ones especially me, you were a great and good aunt. All your troubles are over and now and in the hands of the Lord. My condolence goes out to your children.
    Rona and husband Dr. Steven & children Fine & children, also on behalf of uncle Lloyd Shivrattan 🙏. God Bless.

  11. Aunt Lynette, you will be missed by all of us, what a wonderful aunt , my condolence goes out to her children..
    Rona and husband Dr. Fine & children, and mom Clarice Shivrattan also on behalf of Uncle Lloyd Shivrattan. God Bless. May you r.i.p.🙏.

  12. Dearest Lynette, we miss you so much already. You were such a sweet and loving person. We’re so grateful that we got to know you. You were a great example of how one should live. You will be missed dearly.

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