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Prominent Samoan businesswoman laid to rest

By Talaia Mika

APIA, SAMOA – 16 SEPTEMBER 2022: An inspirational and successful businesswoman in Samoa was laid to rest at her home in Vailoa today. Matai’a Lynn Netzler passed away on 07 September.

Her funeral service was held at the Mulivai Cathedral and was well attended by members of the business community, members of Cabinet, families and friends to pay their respects to a woman widely known for the changes she made and inspiration for other Samoan women.

Holder of the chiefly title, Matai’a, Lynn Netzler started the well-known Lynn supermarket at Motootua which also has a gas station, two eateries, and a tourist accommodation.

An example of hard work and business sense, she started her business from scratch in the early 1970s with her late husband, Thor Netzler.

Lynn Netzler2
Lynn Netzler2

Mataia Lynn Netzler’s coffin infront of the altar of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral during the funeral service.

She was a founder of the National Bank of Samoa and later served as Chair of its Board.

She served in community organisations in support of Samoan women and leaves behind a legacy as a role model and inspiration for women in business.

She is survived by her six children who spoke fondly of their mother and her love for women in business and community development.

In her funeral service today, the eulogy was delivered by former Prime Minister and HRPP leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.