Carolyn Allen Wiester (born Carolyn Ruth Allen) BA, SMM, M.Div. September 1, 1933 - February 3, 2013 Carolyn Ruth Allen Wiester passed away at her home in Rohnert Park, California on February 3 after suffering from cancer. She was 79 years old. She graduated from West High in 1950. She majored in music at the <A HREF=http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/university-of-minnesota/?personid=163140473&affiliateID=940> University of Minnesota </A> and received her BA in 1954. Later that year, she was joined and participated in the Danforth Foundation's Danforth Graduate Fellowship at Penn State. In 1958, she earned her Master of Sacred Music degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She served as Director of the United Campus Christian Ministries at the University of Minnesota - Duluth from 1958 to 1960. In 1963, in Pacific School of Religion's first class to award the Masters of Divinity to women, Carolyn graduated with that degree in Berkeley, California. After campus ministry work at Ohio State, in 1967, Carolyn earned a certificate in elementary education and began working as a school teacher. Married in 1968, she and her husband, Craig, lived in Canada until their 1976 return to Minneapolis. In 1989, after her divorce, she relocated in northern California. Her mother, Helen Davis Allen, passed away in 1979; her father, Henry Elisha Allen, died in 1985. She is survived by her son, David Wiester and his wife Avis Thomas. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her honor to Women Against Military Madness, the American Guild of Organists, or other musical charity. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, California. See also: <http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/carolynwiester>.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 5 to Mar. 9, 2013