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LANDER, Caroline Rolls "Cary" Of Roslindale, died peacefully on August 24, 2017, at age 56, after a sixteen-year battle with breast cancer. Cary was the doting mother of Cliodna Grace Shaw, the dear sister of Kathleen Lander Silver of Newton, Jeffrey Brian Lander of Westfield, Gregory Norman Lander of Whitman, and the late Karen Diane Sanders of Gainesville, Florida, and the loving sister-in-law to their partners and Aunt to their nine children. She was a surrogate mother to countless foreign students who resided in her home while learning English. She was a loyal friend and confidant to many, a stellar DJ and participant in Boston's Contact Dance Community, and a faithful cuddler of her cats, Rascal and Scamper.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in Canfield, and Weston, Connecticut, Cary attended Assumption College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in 1983, and The Art Institute of Boston, where she received a Master of Arts in Photography in 1987. There her Senior Project was chosen for an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Following a European Grand Tour at sixteen, taken under the auspices of her parents, Horace Norman and Donna Ruth Packer Lander of Reading, Cary became an ardent traveler and adventurer. In college, she studied in Florence, Italy, and following graduation worked as a Photographer's Assistant in Dublin, Ireland, for a year, soloed cross-country while camping in National Parks, journeyed to Nebraska as a photographer with her sister, to Newfoundland to discover family roots with her brother, and took multiple trips to Great Britain and Italy with her daughter, Clio. She always traveled with camera in hand, even in her recent Boston-bound walks through the Arnold Arboretum, leaving photographs for family and friends to share and enjoy.

Cary's love of the natural world led her initially into environmental activism for Greenpeace, where she was a Community Organizer, before she began a varied work life that took her first into architecture, as a staff member at Schwartz/Silver Architects, Safdie Architects and The Boston Architectural College, then to real estate, and later health care, where she worked for both Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Massachusetts General Hospital. In recent years she served as Housing Coordinator at the Boston School of Modern Languages in Roslindale.

Cary's ashes will be scattered in a private gathering of family at Halibut Point, Rockport, MA, and a celebration of her life will take place at Church of the Good Shepherd, 95 Woburn Street, Reading, MA, where her parents were married. Cary's family and friends are welcome to her memorial service on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at 1 p.m. Expressions of love for Cary are invited to be given in support of her daughter, Clio's college fund which will be posted soon on her Facebook page.

Plans for Cary's final disposition were made with the Casper Funeral and Cremation Services, 187 Dorchester Street, BOSTON, MA 02127; 617-269-1930.
Published in The Boston Globe from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2017
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