Remembering Carolyn Lorence

Raised: $3,924.00
Goal: $2,500.00

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Julie Zare

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Remember the inimitable, extraordinary, and much missed Carolyn Lorence with her favorite view of Lake Michigan! Dear Carolyn Lorence Fan Club, For years, our mom has enjoyed walkin... more


Updated posted by Julie Zare 10 months ago

Today we have great news to report! We met with the representative from Evanston's Parks and Forestry Dept. today and confirmed the location where our mom's bench will go. The bench will be a new bench that is called for in the plans for revamping the lagoon at the Church St. beach, which many of you know was a favorite spot of our mom's and one where we spent a lot of time together growing up and also in recent years.

When we were beginning our research into where to place the bench, Elena was going through some papers and out flew a watercolor of our mom's. It was of the lagoon and the view of the lake! We knew we wanted to have the bench there if possible. Today, the location we confirmed is likely the location she was painting from, which is delightful.

As some of you already know, the City of Evanston is renovating the lagoon this fall. This means that we will place and dedicate the bench next summer, ideally for our mom's birthday, June 29th. So, save the date! We'll be sending you more information on that as soon as we have it.

Thank you again for your support! We'll keep you updated on the forthcoming donations for Edgewood Middle School and the Botanic Gardens as well as we put those plans in place.

Elena, Amelia, and fam


The spot where the bench will go

Someone sitting on the "bench"


Updated posted by Julie Zare 11 months ago

Hello everyone!

Our research in bench-land has continued, and we have determined two things so far. We hit a final wall with Northwestern. The bench will not be placed there. Their policy of not taking on anymore memorial benches is quite firm, unfortunately. In happier news, we will be securing a bench by the Evanston lakefront. We are doing reconnaissance over the next couple of weeks to choose the correct spot, and will keep you updated as to where the bench will be, when it will be dedicated, and how we will celebrate that event.

The unhappy news from Northwestern also means happy news for the Botanic Gardens and Edgewood Middle School, both very important places for our mom. Since the benches at the Evanston lakefront are less expensive, we will be able to afford commemorative gifts to both of these wonderful places on behalf of our mom and thanks to your tremendous generosity. We're still in the planning phases for those as well, but we will keep you updated.

Again, thank you for keeping our mom in your hearts and for thinking of us. We've been so touched to share in the different memories people have of her. We love hearing your stories.

More soon,
Elena, Amelia, and family


Updated posted by Julie Zare 11 months ago

We wanted to let everyone know about our discussions with Northwestern regarding the bench. They say they have stopped allowing the purchase of memorial benches, to which we say NO! We've asked them to go to the highest levels in search of permission to sell us a bench and have indicated the incredible level of support this project has from our mom's many communities. If we are rebuffed (and we are digging in our heels as our mom trained us to do), the City of Evanston has a very clear process for the purchase of a memorial bench. As we see it, this can either be a bargaining chip with Northwestern or a secondary option for us in purchasing a bench.

PS: Since this website doesn't allow us to accept gifts without a "goal" we have twice moved our "goal" as our mom's many communities take this opportunity to remember her. We don't want anyone to think there is a fixed point where gifts will be cut off, since they can easily go to the library fund when the bench is secured. Thank you thank you!

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Created by Julie Zare on April 24, 2013

Remember the inimitable, extraordinary, and much missed Carolyn Lorence with her favorite view of Lake Michigan!

Dear Carolyn Lorence Fan Club,

For years, our mom has enjoyed walking by the lake, picnicking and playing on the beach, riding bikes at the lake, painting by the lake, and even just driving by the lake to fill up on its magnificent energy in every season. She has long wanted to be remembered by a bench near the lagoon at Northwestern, one of her favorite spots, and now the time has come for us to make that happen. We're still working on the details with the University, but in the meantime we wanted to open up the opportunity to her many friends and supporters to be a part of remembering our mom in this special way.

On behalf of our mom and other visitors to the lake, thank you very much for helping us provide a resting place for people to drink in the infinite greens, grays, and blues and to feel peaceful in the presence of the Great Lake.

Elena and Amelia, together with Simon, Terry, and Emmett


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Recent Donations (59)

$3,924 raised by 59 people in 11 months.


Patricia Haughney

9 months ago



Suzanne Ott

9 months ago


This is from Edgewood Middle School.



Amy Johnson

10 months ago



Marci Enos

10 months ago


I look forward to meditating on the bench! What a beautiful and fitting tribute! Love, Marci



Jennifer Jeffris

11 months ago


I remember Carolyn so well, and her dedication to making the library at Chiaravalle a special place with a vision for the future. My condolences to Carolyn's family.



Terry and Katie Thomason

11 months ago



Terry Yang

11 months ago


thinking of you and your family, always



Emily Nash

11 months ago



Karen Strode

11 months ago


We will miss our dear cousin. Godspeed, Carolyn. Karen & Tom, Joe & Beth, Ed & Kim, and Dan & Wendy



Sam Goldbroch

11 months ago


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