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MILLBROOK - Lynn Schneider, 62, a resident of Millbrook, New York since 1989, died in her home in the early morning of December 12, 2012. She had been living with stage IV lung cancer since July 2009.
Born September 5, 1950, Lynn was the younger child of Shirlee Schneider and the late Hyman Schneider of Union, New Jersey. She earned a B.A. from Goddard College in 1974 and an M.S.W. from Rutgers University in 1975. Lynn was married to James Roarabaugh from 1985 until his sudden death in 2001. Lynn raised her daughter, Kim, who has cerebral palsy, as a young single mother of the first 15 years of Kim's life. When Lynn and Jim merged their families, his three children—Rebecca, Jeremy, and Jesse—moved into the house on Front Street.
Lynn practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist for over thirty years both in Millbrook and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In the 1990's, Lynn gave lectures on the myth of Prometheus and other topics at Jung on the Hudson, the New School, and the New York Open Center.
When Lynn was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, she found a spiritual home in Romemu, a Jewish Renewal congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She studied Kabbala with Romemu's Rabbi, David Ingber, who became a friend, partner in learning, and a deep source of solace for Lynn.
Lynn was an artist as well as a psychotherapist. In the 1970's, she had a number of performance art shows in Manhattan and was active in the New York City poetry scene. Lynn's home is full of drawings and paintings she created over the years. She was also a writer, working on a memoir about her life with her daughter Kim and her journey with cancer. Lynn was an enthusiastic gardener, a prolific knitter, an inventive cook, and a voracious reader. To everything she did, Lynn brought energy, creativity, and artistry. She was a social artist as well: she founded book groups and brought women together who otherwise might not have known one another or enjoyed one another's intelligence, humor, and humanity.
Lynn is survived by her mother Shirlee, 89, of Union, New Jersey; her daughter, Kim, 42, of Port Ewen, New York, her sister, Cat Greenstreet, brother-in-law Wil, and nephew Morgan; and many beloved relatives, friends, and godchildren.
We will be holding a home wake in Lynn's office in the upstairs barn at 76 Front Street in Millbrook, New York on Wednesday, December 12 from 6PM-9PM and Thursday, December 13 from 12PM-2PM and 6PM-9PM. The funeral will be held in the Millbrook School Chapel, Millbrook School Road, Millbrook, New York (http://www.millbrook.org). This will be followed by the burial directly afterwards at Nine Partners Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lynn's memory may be made to Romemu (romemu.org), Gilda's Club New York (195 West Houston Street, New York, New York; gildasclubnyc.org), and Hospice of Duchess and Ulster Counties (374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601).
For driving directions, online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Lynn's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Dec. 13, 2012