Lynne Raimondo

Lynne M. Raimondo

1957 - 2020
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Lynne M. Raimondo, 63, passed away unexpectedly on November 12. She was born April 21, 1957 in New York, New York to Joseph R. and Janice (Heide) Raimondo.
Lynne graduated from St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Staten Island, New York and received both a B.A. and J.D. from New York University. She met her husband of 34 years, Stanley Parzen, in Chicago and they settled in Evanston, Illinois where they raised three children together. In 2011, Lynne achieved a lifelong dream of purchasing a home on Mt. Desert Island, where she made many dear friends.
Lynne had two successful careers, first as an attorney and then as an author. She was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP and then became general counsel of Arthur Andersen and of the Illinois Department of Revenue before turning her attention to writing. She published three mystery novels, Dante's Wood, Dante's Poison, and Dante's Dilemma. She was also an excellent cook and an accomplished watercolorist. She was most happy when hiking the trails of her beloved Acadia National Park.
Lynne is survived by her husband Stanley, her three children Kendra, Jacob, and Tamsin Parzen, her father Joseph Raimondo, her sisters Louise Raimondo (Jim Gaffney) and Sandra Berg, and her nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private remembrance service at their home. Gifts in Lynne’s memory may be made to the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor ( Condolences may be expressed at
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Posted at 04:37pm
I am writing to Lynne's family to convey what you already know: what a special person Lynne was. I knew her for 35 years. I first met her at Mayer Brown, where we were both associates, and our friendship bloomed. We socialized and traveled together, and our families traded hosting various dinners and holidays when the kids were younger and before she moved to Maine. Perhaps my favorite trip was our 4-day weekend in Paris, where we enjoyed museums and meals and where Lynne's erudition and joie de vivre really shined. Lynne was well-read and well-informed (and opinionated!). It was always fun to chat with her about books, current events, history, culture, you name it. In a world where the only thing that matters is who is texting you or what "link" someone sent you, Lynne was of the old school, i.e., paying attention to things that mattered and not "the screen." She was an avid learner, always expanding her mind, She learned to speak Italian as an adult, and then taught herself to write mysteries (three quite good ones, all of which were published). She never stopped growing, which is a lesson to her children; yes, all life ends in death, but that is not a reason not to love it and not to experience it to the fullest. Lynne did just that; even people in their 60s can find the world ever fascinating. The fact that Lynne was also an accomplished lawyer, author, artist, and cook--among other talents -- is no surprise to her family. Clearly Lynne was a Renaissance woman. On top of all that, she was a true friend. She would listen and advise. She was generous. She was funny. And she was fun to be around. Her death is a great loss to the world. I will miss her. Love, Caryn Jacobs

Jordan Feierman and Rachel Mckenna

Posted at 02:13pm
To honor and celebrate the life of my good friend Jacob Parzen's mother, Lynne Raimondo. May she rest in peace.
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Susanna Calkins

Posted at 11:12am
I met Lynne in 2013, as another crime fiction author in the Chicagoland area. A friend had excitedly told me about her and her first book, which had just come out. When I read it, I loved it. Later I met her too, and we became friends. Over the years we were at many of the same events, and we'd have dinner and drinks from time to time. Lynne was just one of those people I enjoyed talking to--she had a wry sense of humor and many interesting observations. She also had that rare goofy moments when talking about wine or cats :-) She was really a special part of our mystery community and she will be missed. Hugs and love to her husband and children and to the rest of her extended family. My heart goes out to you all.

Andrea Stark and Chris Tickner

Posted at 09:33pm
With much love, gratitude and deep sympathy. Lynne is a model of the strong and creative feminine. I am blessed to have known her. Love to S, K, J, T.
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