Lynn Sundborg
Lynn SUNDBORG Lynn Marie Sundborg, daughter of Jean and Pierre Sundborg, died August 5, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. She was born in Group Health Hospital, Seattle, on March 14, 1971. Children's Home Society placed the 3-week-old with Jean and Pierre. We named her for both grandmothers in her adoptive family: Lynn Penrose and Mary Sundborg. Lynn lived in New York, Texas, Minnesota, Alaska, France, Normandy Park, Olympia and Spokane, always returning to ZIP 98122 in Seattle. She attended the American International School of Nice, France and graduated from Highline High School in 1989. The faculty and staff of Seattle Central Community College nurtured the best in Lynn and introduced her to success in science and mathematics. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from The Evergreen State College in 2000, she was employed by several Seattle biotech firms and facilities. Artistic, musical, and French linguistic abilities balanced her scientific knowledge and expertise. Lynn was a lovable, capable and gifted person who made friends easily. Lynn struggled with alcoholism and mental illness more than half her 36 years. Her far-too-early death is mourned by her parents, a grandfather, three aunts and three uncles and their four spouses, a brother, and 15 cousins plus their 11 spouses and 16 children. Those of us who love Lynn learned that alcoholism can be a fatal disease. For the sake of loved ones, seek early treatment and visit support groups for alcoholics and their family and friends. A private gathering to celebrate Lynn's life will be held. Those who knew Lynn and wish to attend should contact the parents. Her cremains will be interred in a small pioneer cemetery overlooking Oregon's Willamette Valley.
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Published by The Seattle Times from Aug. 14 to Aug. 19, 2007.
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Jean and Pierre,
We only just learned of your daughter's death and want to reach out to you as friends. We never had the privilege of meeting Lynn, but we know you and can just begin to imagine the loss you feel. We are so sorry and we hold you in our hearts.
Brian Watson Liz Roberts
October 22, 2007
Dear Jean and Pierre,
I am so, so sorry to learn of Lynn's death. I knew Lynn as an elementary school student in the gifted program I administered for the Highline School District. I remember her as a creative, curious, lovely young woman whom I enjoyed talking with when I visited her classroom or was welcomed to dinner at your always-hospitable home. My prayers are with you as we grieve her loss.
Blessings,
Anne
Anne Hall
October 19, 2007
When we were young kids, many summers our parents would send us to Seattle to visit or grandparents, George & Mary Sundborg. It was always a little scary being so far away from home and in a foreign environment. I will always remember Lynn as my cousin in Seattle who was so much fun that we could kind of forget about being someplace without our parents. With her easy smile and laugh, you could pick-up right where you had left off the summer before, just like you had never been gone. I'll miss her.
Matt Hunter
October 5, 2007
Lynn and I shared secrets and chocolate. I will miss her.

We can't rewrite Lynn's life but we can redouble our efforts the next time we meet someone suffering like she was.
Jessica Price
October 2, 2007
I remember Lynn as a good friend. She was engaging, warm, witty, loyal and so darned smart. I met Lynn during our first year at the University of Washington. We lost touch and reconnected a few times over the last ten years however her wonderful spirit left an imprint on me.
My sincerest condolences to Mr. & Mrs. Sundborg, George and her extended family.
Margaret Warner-Lubin
September 29, 2007
Even though we met only occasionally, Lynn's beautiful smile and welcoming manner showed me her big and loving heart. Sometimes, just a smile can lift even a stranger's spirits. She has left us this example: "that we may lift up each other with a smile". Well done, Lynn.
Sharon Filipcic
September 29, 2007
As a neighbor who knew Lynn when she visited her parents, I was touched by the warmth and love that this family gave each other. My deepest sympathy and prayers, to her loving parents.
Marianne Jurich
Marianne Jurich
September 29, 2007
We remember young Lynn in pre-school years as a graceful, beautiful, musical little girl dancing about in a pink leotard.
As she got older, her big smile and engaging personality lit up the room -- and the lives of her family.
Aunt Sarah and Uncle Bob
sarah
September 28, 2007
Dear Pierre & Jean,
As her paternal grandfather I knew Lynn from the very beginning of her life. She was always a wonderful granddaughter. Her passing is of course a tragic event. I am sure her paternal grandmother, my wonderful wife for 68 years, Mary Sundborg, who died last year at the age of 100, would join me in expressing love to Lynn and her parents. She was always dear to us. I will miss her for the rest of my life.
George Sundborg, Sr.
September 28, 2007
Pierre and Jean--I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Last time I spoke to Pierre the last thing he said to me was "hug your daughters". I went home and did just that. I know you will miss Lynn and I also know Lynn knew she was loved.
Molly Martinez
September 28, 2007
Dear Jean and Pierre; three of our five kids, Andrew, John, and Elizabeth, will be bringing our sorrow and sympathy with them when they attend the memorial this weekend. Lynn and Lizzie got into some memorable mischief in France; their friendship was one of the highlights of our all-too-short year there. We are left with the belief that it was all good. Lynn's life was a gift to so many people. She certainly added a sparkle to ours. Thanks for sharing her with us. Sincerely, The Isbells
Susan and Bill; Bill, Jr.; Madeline; Andrew; John; and, Elizabeth.
Susan Isbell
September 27, 2007
I only wish that I was writing this to Lynn. I have so many memories of her. I have missed knowing her throughout the years. She was a light, and she had the ability to make anyone smile. She will forever have a place in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be missed.
Christy Dowdell
September 26, 2007
Dear Pierre and Jean,
Lynn was a friend of our daughter and we had many wonderful times with Marci and Lynn. When I think of Lynn I immediately see a beautiful bright smile and hear that great laugh that just draws you in.
Lynn added so much to all of our lives and she will live on always in our hearts. We will be forever grateful that we had the privilege of knowing Lynn. With much love.
Dennis and Lynda Yule
September 26, 2007
In reflecting back during the short time I knew Lynn, what comes up immediately is not specific images or encounters, but the powerful sense of always feeling welcomed and appreciated. Few people have been able to provide me with that comfort to the magnitude as Lynn was able to do.
Dusty Bloomingheart
September 26, 2007
Dear Pierre and Jean,
Bryan and I remember Lynn vividly from Aunt Mary's 100th birthday party. We are so glad we were able to spend time with Lynn on that special day. What a wonderful person! We are so sorry she is gone.
Jane Wallace
September 25, 2007
Dear Pierre and Jean,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Anne Fleming
September 24, 2007
Vivid and stylish, witty and fun, you were an eager loving friend... Lynn, I miss you and love you!
Suzanne Fleming
September 24, 2007
Dear Pierre and Jean,
Where does one begin to offer the love and support that is needed at a tragic time like this? For John who never had any sibling, your family takes the place of the Baker aunts, uncles and cousins that our children didn't have as they were growing up. Our photo album shows the Christmas and Thanksgiving get-togethers over the years when your little Sundborgs had a chance to "play" or at least be together with their bigger cousins, John and Julie. Julie says that she thinks about Lynn every morning when she wakes up. It doesn't seem real to any of us!
We all plan to be with you on Saturday to share in celebrating all that Lynn meant to each of us and to try to be of help to the two of you at this most difficult time.
Our love to you both....John and Louise
Louise Baker
September 24, 2007
Dear Pierre and jean,
Please know my heart continues to ache for you. I remember Lynn's beautiful smile and her big bear hugs. Being Nannie and Pa's next door neighbor, I knew Lynn well through the years. She was always kind and sweet to me and I saw the incredible love and kindness she showed to her grandparents throughout the years. You gave Lynn enormous support in her short years on this earth and you never gave up supporting her in recovery. God bless and keep you. I know Lynn is smiling down at you. She is at peace and will always be your angel.
Blessings and Love,
Cammy Hendrix
Cammy Hendrix
September 24, 2007
Dear Pierre and Jean,

My sympathy to you in your loss of Lynn. I know how it feels to lose a son or daughter, having lost my David a number of years ago, but he is near to my heart at all times. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joanne Fleming
September 22, 2007
LAST CALL! Jean and Pierre do not want anyone who wishes to attend to learn of the Sept. 29 celebration of Lynn's life too late. We must know exactly who's coming by Monday, 9/24. If you have already confirmed with us, we look forward to seeing you, and will e-mail directions if you asked. If you have not confirmed, please phone us at 206-283-6140 (best) or be very specific in the "Contact Me" box here. Thank you!
Pierre & Jean Sundborg
September 22, 2007
When I come to the end of the day, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long, and not your head bow low. Remember the love we once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It's all part of the Maker's plan, a step on the road home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know, and bury your sorrow, in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.
Dick and Peggie Garrison
September 21, 2007
May Lynn find the peace that eluded her in life. She lives on through her family and friends. Deepest condolences for your loss.
Bob and Donna Swan
Donna Swan
September 21, 2007
Dear Jean and Pierre,
What a beautiful tribute to Lynn. You should be proud as parents. Lynn had a wonderful presence and contributed much to her work and those around her. I am sure many were touched by her sensitivity and courage, as was I.
Darrow Thom
September 20, 2007
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sundborg and George,

It has taken me a week to try to find the right thing to say for such a tragic event. When I think of Lynn, whom I met so many years ago in France when she attended AIS, I have memories of us jumping up and down on a bed, a bunch of girls giggling hysterically at who knows what, listening to Prince (her favorite) and having the kind of carefree fun one can only have in middle school. She was older than me, and much taller, and I remember always looking up to her. She had such a positive attitude and was so fun and funny to be around. So many people have mentioned her vibrance, her beautiful smile that lit up a room. Despite having had no contact with her in so many years, it pains me to know that such a bright star is no longer with us. I can only hope she has found some peace.
Odessa Dariel
September 15, 2007
The Sundborg Family,

I remember Lynn from AIS as a person with lovely nature and an easy laugh.

My thoughts are with you.
Solange Green
September 15, 2007
Lynn's death breaks my heart. She was my student for a year at Seattle Central Community College (1997-98). We kept in touch for a few years after that, and then again this year. It was a wonderful honor and pleasure to have Lynn as my student and friend. Every day was made instantly better by Lynn's beautiful smile and laugh. Lynn was super intelligent (4.0's in three chemistry classes!), but she had many more important qualities as well. Lynn was open, caring, loyal, kind and generous. She was so funny, creative, and talented, but very modest. When Lynn spent an afternoon recently with me, my kids, and our dog, she showed her joyful, childlike quality that is so rare. We will always treasure that special memory. Jean and Pierre, we are so sorry for your terrible loss. Just hang on; time will lessen the intensity of the pain. Although there was unhappiness and addiction in Lynn's life, there was also sweetness and joy that we can remember. Please know that others loved Lynn and will miss her too. God bless.
Lauren Yasuda
September 14, 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Sunborg,

Thank you for sharing Lynn’s Story, her life, with us. I know your family from AIS and have wonderful memories of Lynn. I have a very vivid memory of you making homemade donuts for us after dinner one night. At the time, I reveled in the beauty of this simple tradition and its closeness to America. I also remember George looking out for his younger sister (at lease that was my younger sister perception anyway). Your family is in my prayers. God bless.
Kelly Moorman, Formerly Green
September 11, 2007
I never had the opportunity to meet Lynn but I have met and worked with Lynn’s father Pierre Sundborg. Pierre and I go back to the early 1980’s when we worked for IBM. Pierre was my manager at the time. I saw him saving for Lynn’s education and he was quite proud of his daughter and interested in her future. Pierre was quite a great mentor in my life as I am sure he was with his children as well. I send my heart filled condolences to the family and wish you the best in this very hard time.

Gary Cobb
Gary Cobb
September 11, 2007
Many students come and go in an international school environment and it is sometimes difficult to remember all of them, especially after 22 years -but Lynn's vibrant personality and that fantastic smile of hers which lit up any room that she walked into are some things I can just never forget. I am saddened by the news and offer my deepest sympathy to Jean, Pierre and George.
Cathy Dariel
September 11, 2007
To the Sundborg family,
I attended AIS in Nice and I remember lynn and her sparkling smile and bubbly personality. My most sincere condolences.
Daniela Iacoppi
September 11, 2007
On behalf of the entire Faculty of the American International School/International School of Nice, France, I would like to express our greatest sorrow upon Lynn's death. Our most profound condolences to George and the entire family.

All of our love and support,

Katherine Gandolfo
Katherine Gandolfo
September 10, 2007
I lived with Lynn for a couple of years after I moved to Seattle. She was very much like the big sister I never had. I know she was a great person and I miss her so much. I have so many happy, zany, silly, and even bittersweet memories and I cherish each and ever one of them.
Marci Yule
September 9, 2007
I have so many great memories of Lynn. She was such a wonderful person to be around. The memories of France, visiting with her family in Seattle during her highschool years, then later to Evergreen and back to Seattle for the summer of '91 keep flooding my mind as I think of her. When I think of those memories I think of her warm spirit and contagious laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sundborg family and all who knew Lynn.
Lizzy (Isbell) Tansley
September 7, 2007
I met Lynn about twenty years ago in France and Lynn's big, beautiful smile has stayed in my memory ever since. Lynn enriched the lives of all her friends.
Andrew Isbell
September 7, 2007
I knew Lynn for a few years through a mutual friend. I am a recovering alcoholic/addict and tried to be an example and be there for her. This disease kills. I am truly sorry for your loss Jean and Pierre. God bless.
Ron Holliday
September 1, 2007
Lynn was a friend of mine, we lost contact years ago, but I used to hear about her through a mutual friend here in spokane. Lynn was an amazing person and touched many lives. I will miss her. Sorry for your loss. I have some pictures of Lynn taken at our farm in Oregon, She was so funny. I miss you Lynn.
Rick Garcia
August 30, 2007
As a cousin close to my own age, Lynn was an inseparable playmate at family gatherings, and we became fast friends at a very young age. I am fortunate, perhaps, in that all my memories of Lynn are happy ones. The quick smile, hearty laugh, and twinkling eyes of a young and carefree girl will always be the image I carry of Lynn. The world is worse for her passing, a bright and unbounded potential is left unfilled, and I am saddened to know that my earliest best friend lost her life to a such a consuming and painful disease. My thoughts and kind wishes are with Pierre and Jean in this most difficult time.
Ben Hunter
August 29, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss.
Jill Rogerson Black
August 27, 2007
I remember Lynn's shy smile as a child and teen when we asked her about her recent activities.
Her Smile
Her smile is in the Summer
Her grace is in the breeze
She did not leave, she is not gone
It's only we that grieve.

It doesn't take a special day
To bring you to our minds
A day without a thought of you
Is very hard to find.

No longer in our hearts to share
But in our hearts you're always there
The parting and the heartaches
No one can ever heal
But our memories for safekeeping
No one can ever steal.

~ unknown ~
Donna McLain
August 25, 2007
Lynn was one of my best friends in junior high. Regrettably, we completely lost touch in high school. I have exceptionally vivid memories of the shenanigans we pulled at Sylvester Middle School. (Refusing for weeks on end to participate in Mr. Coble’s PE class--claiming that our guru Ralph Munro advised us against it--comes to mind…) Lynn was always up for some wacky fun, and her laughter was infectious. She was the kind of person who had an edge over her peers—a brightness and a sense of humor that set her apart. If my heart broke upon hearing the news more than two decades after losing touch, I can only imagine what those of you who were her inner circle are feeling. My deepest sympathies go out to you.
Amy (Lansdowne) Matey
August 24, 2007
Growing up in New Mexico, I was a long distance from my cousin Lynn, but I have such fond memories of her from the trips we would take to Nanee and Grandpa's in Seattle. I so looked up to her as a little girl and it meant the world to me that she would spend time with me despite my being six years younger. Whether it was a trip to Cammy's pool or a lesson on how to properly eat a marshmallow, I will always cherish those memories. She will be dearly missed. All my love to Pierre and Jean.
Nancy Hunter
August 23, 2007
I knew Lynn in high school and a few years following and it's true she left an impression on those of us who were fortunate enough to know her. She was a vibrant spirit with an intelligent, knowing laugh that I remember fondly. Seems like when I saw Lynn, it was nearly always as 1/2 of "Lynn and Julie", who were always laughing and making us laugh. We had some good times. My heart goes out to all her friends and family.
Jeff Taylor
August 23, 2007
I new Lynn during and after college. This unfortunate situation makes me think back about all those days when we saw her as the bright light that she was. She will be missed.
Ryan Fansler
August 22, 2007
I'm so very sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts.
Jeanne Yandel
August 22, 2007
Pierre, Jean and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeff Paynter
August 21, 2007
Lynn's obituary paints a beautiful and honest picture of a special spirit whose accomplishments and life experiences were plentiful. My heartfelt condolences go to you and your family. Wishing you some peace and comfort.
Cynthia Bagley
August 21, 2007
Dearest Jean & Pierre ~ My heart breaks for you at the loss of your beloved daughter, Lynn. I recall meeting her at church many years ago and talking to her about her experiences there as a child...she was so fresh and lovely and kind. Please know I am sending much love & prayers and all good thoughts as
you move through these days and nights. Take care of yourselves, love one another dearly, and may you find some peace in all the friends & family far and near who love you so much.
Faithfully & Fondly, Lee
Lee Marie Sanchez
August 21, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your tribute is moving and heartbreaking.
Mark Laurel
August 20, 2007
Dear Sundborg family,

Please accept my condolences for your heartbreaking loss. My mother Helen, let me know about Lynn's death. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May God be with you all.
Joann Pheasant
August 20, 2007
I first met Lynn in our church youth group in elementary school. Lynn was so out going and always made friends with those around her. I have not spoken to Lynn since we graduated high school. I am saddened by her passing.

Jean and Pierre, may Gods love be with you.
Kurt Karasuda-Downing
Kurt Karasuda-Downing
August 20, 2007
Dear Jean;
We are so sorry to learn of Lynn's death. Please accept our deepest condolences. We are holding you in our thoughts and hearts.
love,
meg Billings and the Yamamotos
August 20, 2007
My deepest sympathy to you, Jean and Pierre. My friendship and conversation with you has always included Lynn. I know how greatly she was loved during her life including all her experiences, accomplishments and difficulties. The loss of a child is unbearable and you are in our thoughts and heart during this difficult time.
Love,
Kathy
Kathy Linnell
August 19, 2007
Our deepest sympathy.
Virginia and Bruce Pringle
August 19, 2007
I remember meeting Lynn in high school. She had a great personality and an irresistible sense of humor. I will never forget the times we spent together, like when we took each other to our senior prom. She was a good friend through high school and on into college. I have some very fond memories of Lynn and am so glad to have known her. I've thought of her often since college, and am truly saddened to learn that she is no longer with us. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.
Brent Hester
August 19, 2007
Thank you for this lovely tribute to Lynn. I knew her as a child growing up in the Normandy Park neighborhood as a classmate of my son John, a participant in the Unitarian Church's religious education program, and swimmer at the Normandy Park Swim Club. She had such bright talents and possibilities to shine and in her life being so loved and supported by her parents, Jean and Pierre. Their loss is great. May a beam of light shine from our August night skies in her memory.
Jeanne Finke
August 19, 2007
My thoughts go out to the Sundborg family. I hadn't seen Lynn since college but have often thought of her over the years. I'll always remember her great spirit and big smile. I'm sure she'll be missed by all who knew her.
Shelly (Norby) Orr
August 19, 2007
To any of Lynn's friends who may see this: We grieving parents know that our recovery -- and maybe yours -- will be helped by getting together to talk about good times. We will host a family and friends get-together on Saturday, September 29. It's not for us, but for Lynn's co-workers, roommates, friends, etc. If you are one, please send a note on the "Contact me" here, or phone us at 206-283-6140. Thank you! -- Pierre and Jean Sundborg
Pierre Sundborg
August 19, 2007
I met Lynn in college and we quickly became good friends. Although we fell out of contact many years ago, I will never forget the times we shared. Thank you, Lynn, for all the fun and great memories. You were truly one-of-a-kind! It is so sad to loose such an amazing spirit, she will be missed by many.
Gretchen Albrecht
August 19, 2007
To the loving family of Lynn Sundborg: I was drawn to Lynn's beauty in the photo that was in her obituary, as well as by the poignant description of her many achievements in her short life, and her having been ravished by both alcholism and mental illness. Such anguish you have suffered, and are still struggling with ... but do know that your precious Lynn is now in a place where pain and suffering are no more. I lost my only son, at the age of 46, ten months ago so I understand your loss and pray that you will soon find peace and acceptance. Bless you all.
Priscilla Meyer
August 17, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are going out to Lynn's family. She was a friend of mine. I am looking at a picture of her right now. I am sorry that we fell out of touch. She was a beautiful human being. I am glad I got to know her. I'll never forget going crawdad hunting with you on the Siuslaw River in Oregon on a golden summer day in july . She was so young. So sad to hear of her passing. I love you Lynn
John Jaramillo
August 17, 2007
Lynn was my best friend while we lived in France and those were some of my favorite times ever. Although I haven't spoken with her in almost 20 years, I think of her often and it always brings a smile and even a laugh. I have so many great memories with Lynn in them. I am so sorry that I have not been there for here these last 20 years. Lynn was always in a great mood and that infected everyone around her. I miss her already. My thoughts go out to her family and all her friends as I am sure she had many.
Susan (Zelig) DeMers
August 16, 2007
I didn't know Lynn, but knew of her through her mom. I know how deeply and intensely she was loved. Thank you, Jean and Pierre for sharing openly Lynn's struggles with addiction. May we always be aware of the fatal nature of this disease. With love,Kristen
August 15, 2007
Jean, Pierre Sundborg & Family,

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss of Lynn. I fondly remember her infectious laugh, her ferocious intellect, playful wit and radiant beauty. We attended elementary school through high school together and shared many common friends and experiences. Spent a summer or two spashing around in Normandy Park Pool from time to time.

I was always in awe of her splendor and still am. I will cherish the memories that I have of her. It deeply saddens me to learn of her loss to such an insidious disease. She will be sorely missed by all that knew her.
Marcus Ho
August 15, 2007
though I didn't know Lynn, I do know her family and am saddened by their loss. Alcoholism is, indeed, tragic, with maybe it's greatest challenge being to fully fathom and accept the disease of it. My thoughts and love are with you all. Shari
Shari Gross
August 15, 2007
I first met Lynn in the 2nd grade and by the 5th grade she was my best friend - a friendship that lasted throughout our college years. I am so tremendously glad that I got to know and love Lynn, I can't imagine what my life would have been like without her. She was greatly admired by many for her incredible intelligence, creativity, talent, style, originality, beauty and terrific sense of humor. You couldn't help but fall in love with Lynn - she made a lasting impression on almost everyone who knew her. It's unbelievable that she's no longer with us. I will carry the memory of her beauty and laughter forever.

I send my deepest sympathies to Jean, Pierre and their family.
With much love,
Julie (Sylvester) Molinari
Julie Molinari
August 15, 2007
This is a lovely and honest tribute to my dear cousin Lynn. My heart breaks at the loss of her potential.
Liisa Balzar
August 15, 2007
Lynn was a good friend to me, and I will miss her dearly. Her smile and laugh could fill a room and it is hard to believe that she is gone. I am glad I had the chance to know her, and my heart goes out to her family, especially Pierre and Jean.
Maria Dasovich
August 14, 2007
I didn't know your Lynn, but I wanted to express how beautiful your tribute to her is. As one who lost a sister to addiction when she was 39 years old, I appriciate your honest,loving portrait of her. Peace be with you.
J
August 14, 2007
I was so sad to hear that Lynn died so young. Although, we haven't been in contact since high school. I have always loved the memories we had as great junior high friends. She was such an intelligent and talented person. I wish I were in Seattle and could pay my respects, but we want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with your family. With love-
Brooke (Thorson) Gale
Brooke Gale
August 14, 2007