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Carmen Lynch Died on November 13, 2013 in Redwood City at the Gordon Manor assisted living facility, where she had received loving care for the last five years. The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer's. Carmen was born in Sydney on February 28, 1943 and arrived in this country 23 years later, armed with a master's degree in social work, an Australian's built-in yen to travel, and a hunger for everything life had to offer. Despite her initial plan to travel around the world, she soon found herself "stuck" in the Bay Area-first working with foster children at Catholic Social Services, then as a therapist at The Family Therapy Institute of Marin, and later at Synergy, the institute she founded in early 70's. During these years she became well-known as a gifted therapist, speaker, and teacher. In 1991 she shared her concepts about relationships with Martin Blinder in the book CHOOSING LOVERS: TEN STEPS TO A HAPPIER RELATIONSHIP. By the end of the 70's, Carmen's entrepreneurial spirit led her into real estate-as both investor and agent. In 1980 she married Barry Schwenkmeyer, a writer, and they eventually settled on the Peninsula, where her busy life revolved around real estate, gardening, food, travel, and her beloved dogs. In her bathroom hung a hand towel with words she lived by: "Life is uncertain; eat dessert first." Carmen is survived by her husband Barry, and her brother Terry and sister-in-law Pam of Brisbane, Australia. Donations can be made in Carmen's memory to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (www.bestfriends.org).
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Nov. 19 to Nov. 24, 2013
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