Sunday, December 02, 2012

Death Number Ten

Lyn Cima married my mother's brother, Augustin (Guy) Cima. We lost touch with her when he died and today I received an email with a link to her obituary. It sounds like she led a good life an was surrounded by people who loved her very much.

photoLyn (Carter) Cima, 75, formerly of Gurnee, died in Greenville, Maine on October 20th. After her husband was killed in a car accident in 1971, she obtained a law degree at John Marshall Law School and raised their six children as a single mom. She was an active member of the Lake Forest Friends (Quakers) Meeting. Lyn, the daughter of John and Mary Jane Carter was born in Camden, New Jersey and attended the University of Chicago at age 16, where she met her husband, Augustin Cima. They married in 1955. She vehemently opposed the war in Vietnam War. She marched, refused to pay war taxes, boycotted Hostess and edited the newsletter for the North Shore branch of the WILPF. She was a Draft Counselor during those turbulent years, and was arrested drawing attention to the Army's illegal surveillance of anti-war citizens. (Charges were dropped.) She joined the Lake Forest Friends Meeting and convened its Peace and Social Concerns Committee. Lyn was among the early organizers of PADS, Lake County's still-active community effort to feed and shelter the homeless. Until recently, she taught literacy to adult students and was honored when her student won Illinois' Spotlight Award for Literacy achievement. Her daughter, Kathy, remembers, "Mom was an intrepid warrior for peace and justice and had a special rapport with younger children who were drawn to her warm personality and Mickey Mouse sweatshirts" Lyn practiced law in Waukegan until 2001 when she retired to Maine. She is predeceased by her grandson James, and survived by her children, Chris, Steve, Tom, Kathy, Jeffrey, and Becky Bardosy, brother, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at the Lake Forest Friends Meeting House at the corner of Old Elm and Ridge Road. 
Published in Chicago Tribune on December 2, 2012

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