Lynn Sundborg


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Former Juneau resident Lynn Marie Sundborg died Aug. 5, 2007, in Seattle. She was 36.

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She was born March 14, 1971, in Group Health Hospital, in Seattle. She was adopted from the Children's Home Society when she was 3 weeks old by Jean and Pierre Sundborg. Her parents named her for both grandmothers in her adoptive family, Lynn Penrose and Mary Sundborg.

She was a Juneau resident from 2006 to the spring 2007. Her father lived in Juneau from 1939 to 1968 and married his wife, Jean, after she came to Juneau in 1965 to teach home economics as "Miss Penrose" in Juneau-Douglas High School.

Lynn lived in New York, Texas, Minnesota, Alaska, France, Normandy Park, Olympia, Seattle and Spokane, Wash. She attended the American International School in Nice, France.

Family said 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, her family said.

"Lynn was a lovable, capable and gifted person who made friends easily," her father said.

She struggled with alcoholism and mental illness for more than half her 36 years.

"Those of us who love Lynn learned that alcoholism can be a fatal disease," said her mother. "For the sake of loved ones, seek early treatment and visit support groups for alcoholics and their family and friends."

She is survived by her parents; a grandfather, George Sundborg, one of four surviving writers of Alaska's constitution; three aunts, three uncles and their four spouses; a brother; and 15 cousins, plus their 11 spouses and 16 children.

A private gathering to celebrate her life will be held. Those who knew Lynn and wish to attend should contact the parents at (206) 283-6140. Her cremains will be interred in a small pioneer cemetery overlooking Oregon's Willamette Valley.

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