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Remembering My Dad; Jerry Schwartz by Judith Nastally

By Judith Nastally

My Dad was an incredible man. He was always supportive of me and my career endeavors. He always told all of us, his children, we could do or be whatever we wanted, as long as we were willing to work hard for our goals. As I prepared to launch my landscaping company nine years ago, he offered to help me. He had no idea of the physical challenges that lay ahead. I already had a design business and as I prepared to leave the landscaping retail designer and manger position I had held for ten years, clients began to emerge that wanted my expertise. I gathered more clients and really needed his help. Our shared appreciation of details and delivering outstanding customer service meshed well as we built my business. It was not always smooth sailing. My dad and I are fiery individuals and we fought and laughed our way through many jobs.

Sweating in the sweltering heat of Indiana summers and dressing in layers in spring and fall we gained confidence and grew stronger physically but also built a lovely closeness that I couldn’t have imagined when I was younger. During one particularly hot week with temperatures and humidity in the 90’s he said “I think it’s not that bad out today.” I said “really Dad??” We were sweating like we had taken a shower but had only just started our work. Dad had no experience to prepare him for using his physical body more than his incredible intelligence. During his first radiation appointment with Dr. Chang, the doctor looked at Dad, Jeff, and I, wearing our turquoise J. Lynne Associates polo shirts, dirty and sweating, Dr. Chang then asked Dad “why do you look so good?” ( While he was so ill.)

He was up for many challenges and I grew to rely on his constant steady strength and excellent problem solving. One of my fondest challenges was moving a huge evergreen tree, weighing more than one hundred and fifty pounds up a ninety degree incline with Jeff pulling and us pushing. At one point Jeff wanted to stop and both Dad and I shouted “NO!” We knew we would have rolled down the hill with the tree. When we cut electric power lines lying close to the ground, I would have called an electrician to fix the outdoor lights, but Dad said “it’s no problem.” He knew how to fix it and usually made it better than it was before we began, by leveling lamp posts, touching up paint, and staking lights during our installations. When clients had things that needed tending to, I would have suggested they call and expert, but Dad quietly fixed those things as he worked.

He had a ‘can do’ attitude about solving problems and actually loved adversity. I have grown use to using his razor sharpened tools with freshly painted handles that he took such pride in renewing for us every season. When I purchased a weed torch Dad was the first one to fire it up. He loved using new tools. I once accidentally warped a small piece of siding at a client’s house using the torch. We offered to repair the damage and our client laughed so loud it took us by surprise. Dad worked last spring in 2018, driving the truck for us even though he could hardly walk (anemia was taking away his strength). Alex, a young man in his early 20’s, who works for me, adored my Dad. He loved his stories and admired his strength and humor. He told me how watching my Dad out work him many times made him want to increase his own strength. He is working on that now.

My Dad would often tell people proudly that he worked for his daughter, who owns her own landscaping company, and “I am her #1 hole digger!” Of course, he was so much more than this, but his pride was evident in his warm smile and twinkling eyes.

Born December 15, 1930 – Passed March 12, 2019.
Photo taken on May 17, 2017 on the job.
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Judith to Present at Sophia’s Portico

The city of Fort Wayne has an abundance of groups that support the community in a variety of ways and one of our favorites at JLA is Sophia’s Portico. ” Sophia’s Portico, Inc., established in 1992, is an art and spirituality center focusing on the development of the feminine through education, the arts and earth-based spirituality.” (From their website, you can find here) The art markets that Sophia’s put together are a favorite of JLA employees each year.

This spring on Tuesday, April 16 J. Lynne Associates founder and owner Judith Nastally will give a presentation on the importance and traditional uses of the plants native to Northeast Indiana. She will touch on how these plants can be used to create beautiful landscapes in your home gardens as well as the ways in which Native Americans would use these plants for a myriad of benefits.

Her presentation will be given at Sophia’s Portico located at 2330 Beacon Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Admission cost is $15. Come join and support a community of forward thinking gardeners and planters in this beautiful space for an evening full of knowledge and learning!

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Seeing Beauty in Native Plants – A feature in Senior Life

I love being a steward of nature and consider it my life’s work, … Creating beauty and providing food plus habitat for native insects and birds is wonderful.”

Judith Nastally, Senior Life, April 2017

The April 2017 issue of the Senior Life Newspaper featured an article about Judith covering her start into gardening, her experience in the landscaping industry and some more points on getting to know what she’s all about. Here’s an excerpt from that article!

Being a vital part of the outdoors is what gets Judith Nastally’s pulse racing, especially in the warmer months of the year…

Nastally, who has her own gardening and landscaping business, J. Lynne Associates, is a Carroll High School graduate and possesses an associate degree of science in design from Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. “

Senior Life, April 2017

Check out the link below to find the April 2017 edition of Senior Life and read the full article about Judith and her work with J. Lynne Associates!

Click Here to read the full article.

My 10 years in the retail nursery business alongside my co-workers also provided me with valuable insight. Also, container gardening with native perennials is new, and we are happy to be leading the trend.”


Senior Life, April 2017
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‘Native Friendly Trees, Shrubs & Perennials’ Presentation at Sophia’s Portico

This month Judith will be giving a presentation at Fort Wayne’s Sophia’s Portico on the use of native plants in gardens. This program will briefly touch on the origin of ideas about gardens which come mainly from Europe. You will learn how to help our environment with native plants and will be enticed to plant these wonderfully effective, functional members of our region. Come discover the interactions between plants and insects which hold keys to supporting our pollinators. Fall is a great time to learn how to be apart of this environmentally friendly growing trend.

The presentation costs $15 to attend and will be held on October 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.