Carolyn Ann Schwarz passed away peacefully, in her home surrounded by her family after several long battles with cancer.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Steven Schwarz, and her sister, Nancy Lackey. She is survived by her brother, George Coon, by her loving daughters, Jennifer Schwarz and Susan Pryfogle and son-in-law, Andrew Pryfogle. She is “Nana” to one amazing granddaughter, Hannah Pryfogle.
Carolyn was born in upstate New York, in the town of Ithaca. Her family would relocate to Lubbock, TX and later moved to California where her Father, George Coon, worked in the college book business. After marrying, Steven followed in her Father’s footsteps and began a long and successful career at Missouri Book Service.
Carolyn & Steve raised their daughters in San Lorenzo, CA before moving to Danville, CA. They moved to St. Helena, CA to begin their retirement, and several years later would move to the village of Glen Ellen, CA to be close to family.
In addition to being a wonderful Mother, Carolyn had a long and successful career of her own. She started out as a secretary for potato chip company, Granny Goose in Oakland, CA. She worked her way into sales and would later finish her 20+ year tenure as a Vice President. She would later serve as Vice President of Sales for Oakland-based Hooper’s Chocolate.
Known for her impeccable taste for fashion, Carolyn tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit to launch her own business, Wrap Yourself Up, making beautiful wraps and ponchos that became a big hit in the Sonoma valley.
She had a passion for high fashion and never left home not dressed to the nines. Carolyn will always be remembered for her sense of humor, her laugh, her love of life, and her immeasurable grace.
A two-time breast cancer survivor, Carolyn was a fighter. She was an encourager and a giver of joy to so many people. She lived a full life and helped others to do the same, and the world is a little bit better because she was in it.