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Lynne Palmer Shadle

September 3, 1948 — November 20, 2023

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Lynne Palmer (Merrill) (Abromeit) Shadle, age 75 of Mashpee, Massachusetts, formerly of Carlisle, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 20th, 2023, at her home on Cape Cod. Lynne was the proud and loving wife of Kurt P. Shadle.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 3, 1948, she was the daughter of Charles N. Palmer and Carmella (Midge) Santini Palmer and the little sister of the late June Palmer Hasset. Lynne loved her mom, dad, and sister more than anything.

Lynne, a smart and hardworking honors student, she graduated from Rhode Island College early and got her Masters from Syracuse University, where she met her first husband, Robert E. Merrill Jr. of Hingham, Massachusetts. The two were married in 1972 and had one daughter, Katherine. 

After Robert’s sudden death at 31 years old, Lynne later married Richard H. Abromeit of Carlisle, Massachusetts, and had a second daughter, Susan Palmer Abromeit, currently of New York City. The couple was married for 26 years.

Lynne was a beloved Guidance Counselor for many years at the Bromfield School in Harvard, Mass., where she loved helping students with the college process or just supporting teenagers navigating High School.

Lynne met and fell in love with Kurt Shadle in 2008, and they married in 2013. The couple lived in New Hope, Pennsylvania, before building their dream home near Park City, Utah, where they happily skied daily for years.

The couple moved back East to Cape Cod in 2021 to be closer to Kurt’s two boys, Andrew and Will Shadle of New Jersey and Lynne’s daughter, Kate Merrill Dunham, her son-in-law Mike Dunham and her beloved granddaughters Addison and Kayden Dunham of Concord, Mass.

Lynne and Kurt had recently moved into their new house they built together in Mashpee and celebrated ten years of marriage in August.  

Until the day she died, Lynne spent hours on the tennis court and running in her beautiful new neighborhood, where she could always be found walking their yellow lab Hadley and making new friends.

Lynne’s primary focus was her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughters. She loved staying active through tennis, downhill skiing, running, walking, and working out.  She loved politics, current events, interesting podcasts, and cooking amazing dinners.

Her bright smile and infectious positivity were cherished by all who knew and loved her. She loved to tell everyone; she woke up every day feeling positive and with her glass half-full.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Lynne for visiting hours on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap Street, Concord. Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 11:00 am in The First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord. Burial in Green Cemetery, Carlisle, will be private.

Donations can be made in her name to the “Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation”, P.O. Box 428, Dracut, MA 01826   Lynne loved the kindness and compassion they spread in schools and their support of Cardiac research.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

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Funeral Service

Thursday, November 30, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)


20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742

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