Carolyn Nadine Friedman was born on May 27, 1941, in Berkeley, California.
She passed away quietly in her home in Tiburon on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, after a long illness.
Carolyn and her late husband, Peter, lived happily in Tiburon beginning in 1972. After Peter's death in 1996, Carolyn stayed in her lovely home, which she adored. She loved to work in her garden.
She grew up in Petaluma with her mother, Cliffie Iris Reed; her two sisters, Barbara and Lorraine; and stepfather, Jim Makepeace. She learned the printing business from Jim, and she was proud to be his partner in the business. Peter Friedman was a customer; he had a winery label business, for which Carolyn and her father printed his beautiful and unique wine labels. It was love at first sight. Carolyn and Peter were married in 1974.
Peter was a partner in Belvedere Winery in Healdsburg, and in 1972 they purchased their home in Tiburon. Carolyn was a working partner with Peter in his business.
Carolyn was a devoted mother to her son, Donald, while she also had many other talents and interests. Specifically, in the local community: Carolyn supported the memorial of Blackie the horse and made donations for furniture at the new Tiburon Town Hall. She was involved in saving the Harroman property from development and leaving it as open space in 1992. Carolyn was also president of the Marinero Homeowners' Association for many years, and in 2000 she was the president of the Sunset Rotary in Tiburon. She helped sponsor a five-week parent training on "Drug Prevention and Intervention with Youth."
For many years she was very vested in her massage business, as a licensed massage therapist.
Travelling was a great pleasure that she and Peter had in common. They travelled all over the world both for work and for fun. In 1990s they visited their foster child, Sangwan, in Thailand, and their friend Momoko in Tokyo. One of their favorite places to visit was Italy, and they both took Italian classes and visited many wineries. Their very good friend Yvonne, who lives in Sicily, was regularly visited, especially by Carolyn after Peter's death.
Craig Lieber, her boyfriend of many years, also liked to travel. Together they visited Australia and the Bahamas, where they went diving. They went on many long road trips and enjoyed sailing their boat on the bay.
Carolyn was a very good friend to many and always made room for all, both neighbors and her world visitors, at her home. She was fun-loving, bubbly and a giver. And above all she had her own style and did things her own way.
She was multi-talented, and never hesitated to get involved in the causes of the community and help her friends.
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate to one of these organizations that Carolyn cared about.
• Hospice by the Bay, 17 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939. They have a summer camp for children and youth who have lost their parents.
• Buckelew Programs, 555 Northgate Dr. #100, San Rafael, CA 94903. Suicide prevention and family service agency.
• New Day for Children, P.O. Box 439, Alamo, CA 94507 or www.newdayforchildren.com. Recovery from human trafficking.
• Canal Alliance, 91 Larkspur St., San Rafael, CA 94901. Helping immigrant families in Marin.
• DARE Program, 1535 Airport Blvd. Napa, CA 94559 or www.countyofnapa.org/sheriff/dare/. Drug prevention.
• Ritter Center, 16 Ritter St., San Rafael, CA 94901. Support for the low-income and homeless.
Carolyn is survived by her sisters, Barbara Avila and Lorraine Thorsted; her son, Donald Delano Friedman; and her two grandsons, Peter Garner Thomasson and Joshua Allen Thomasson; and Chris Atchison and Max Atchison, who are related by marriage.
A Celebration of Life party will be held for Carolyn on Monday, April 30, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the San Francisco Yacht Club at 98 Beach Road, Tiburon. All of Carolyn's friends are invited. Please bring stories and memories to share.
Our Friend, Carolyn Friedman passed away peacefully on March 13.
We will all miss her radiant smile and fun company.
A Celebration of Life will be held on April 30 from 2 pm to 5 pm. at the San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road in Tiburon/Belvedere.
All her friends are welcome!