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Carrie Ann Anderson

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Carrie Ann Anderson Was taken from us suddenly on June 10, 2008 in San Jose, California. Born April 8, 1958 in Boston to Paul and Patricia Anderson, She made many lifelong friends while excelling at Girls Latin High School and Boston University where she won a Trustee scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Carrie, a lifelong Red Sox fan, began her career in magazine publishing at Yankee magazine before joining the advertising and artist relations department at Kurzweil Music Systems. At 30, she decided on a whim to accompany a friend relocating to Menlo Park, California. Planning to stay only six months, she received a job offer from eventual friend and mentor Peter Hirschfeld at Electronic Musician in Emeryville. Carrie accepted and soon moved to San Francisco where she later bought her first home near Fisherman's Wharf. Carrie's first conversation with her eventual husband was an argument she ended by changing the subject to food and wine, a passion they would share before and after marrying, appropriately enough, inside Byington Winery during a freak Los Gatos mountains snowstorm in April, 1999. The couple soon fell in love with Big Trees Village in the central Sierras and bought a cabin there that same year. After nine years at "EM" ended in disillusionment over several corporate buy-outs, Carrie declined promotion to Executive Publisher and soon resigned. Several publishing jobs with hellish commutes throughout the Bay Area followed until mutual friend Denny Mayer suggested tech entrepreneur Steve Kirsch hire her as his family's Estate Manager in 2005. Carrie 's affection for the family and stellar organizing skills made her an indispensible part of the Kirsch household and her four-day week afforded many chances to enjoy her favorite place on earth, her "tree house" in Big Trees. Carrie is survived by sister Pam Ketterer, brothers Mark and Brian Anderson, parents Paul and Pat Anderson, husband David Sweet, stepdaughters Courtney and Ashley Sweet whom Carrie loved as her own, and the countless friends she touched with her exceptional thoughtfulness, creative talent, generosity, and love of life. A memorial service will be held Tuesday June 24, 3 PM, at Saratoga Federated Church, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Boston University.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on June 15, 2008
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