Harriet Kershenbaum Lynn

Harriet Kershenbaum Lynn, 91, of Arlington, VA, died March 13, 2019 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.


Born October 5, 1927 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of Martha Jaffe Kershenbaum and Morris Benjamin Kershenbaum. Harriet grew up in Washington and Arlington, and majored in Latin American history at American University. There, she met Donald Lynn, and they married shortly after graduation. Harriet worked for a time for the State Department, but found that, as a young, married woman, she was not given opportunities for advancement to the kind of job she had hoped for.


Harriet and Don raised three children, first in Herndon, VA and then in Arlington, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Harriet worked as a secretary and office manager, and volunteered in numerous Democratic campaigns. She and Don were early members of Fairfax Unitarian Church. They were active there for many years and Harriet served on various church committees. Through the church, they became involved in the civil rights movement and housed young people protesting the Vietnam War. Harriet proudly saved the stub from her train ticket from Washington to Alabama for the Selma to Montgomery march for civil rights led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965.


Harriet was in her element welcoming family and friends into her home, where she and Don hosted many family gatherings over the years. She loved to cook, and visitors were always well and deliciously fed. She and Don loved animals, and over the years their household included a number of dogs.


After she and Don retired, they spent several months each year in the village of Riverport, Nova Scotia. They made many friends there and enjoyed visits from their children and grandchildren. Harriet pursued her interest in making hooked rugs and was a founding member of a rug hooking studio in Nova Scotia.


She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Marmorella (Nicholas) and Anne Lynn; her grandchildren, Rebecca Olson, Teresa Marmorella and Anthony Marmorella; her daughter-in-law Rosa Gilda Lynn; her adopted son Carlo Contoreggi; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald Carter Lynn; her son, David Carter Lynn; and her sister, Alice Eiss.


A Celebration of Life will be held June 8 at 2:30 p.m. at The Jefferson, 900 N. Taylor St., Arlington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Simon Wiesenthal Center (www.wiesenthal.com), the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org), or a charity of one’s choice.

8 Responses to Harriet Kershenbaum Lynn

  1. Diana Newman says:

    Our sincere condolences to our extended family in the northeast. The loss of parents is such a difficult time in our lives. Most of the time it signals the end of an era. I pray that you all find happiness and peace in the memories you have of your mother and grandmother. Love you from afar!

    • Nancy Marmorella says:

      Thank you, Diana. It sounds like your part of the family will be well-represented at the memorial service by your niece. And my mother did leave us with many good memories.

      • Phil Brown says:

        Nancy–your mom’s celebration today was beautiful. I am pleased I was able to make it today, in spite of having to deal with issues for my own mom. Know that I have nothing but love in my heart for the Lynn family–my memories of the days spent with David and Charlie at your house (of course we had to shoo away the “bratty little girls!!” 😎 Your mom and dad were always so patient with us. Again, I am so sorry for the losses you, Annie, and Carlo have endured these past few years.

  2. Elisabeth Greene- Coleman says:

    One of the kindest and most caring people I have ever known and she was my aunt as well! I will never forget our great visits when we went white water rafting in Colorado and on my trip to Nova Scotia where the Lynns made my honeymoon the best trip ! Aunt Harriet also had the best Easter baskets and Christmas stockings ever. I will always cherish my conversations with her and phone calls aplenty over the years. She was so treasured and so very special. I am so glad I had her in my life. She made all those around her feel welcomed and loved and she will be missed by all of us.

  3. Nancy Marmorella says:

    Thank you, Cuz. I think Mom enjoyed your honeymoon as much as you did! She loved having both of you there, and she loved seeing you when you visited in 2017.

  4. Azar Attura says:

    Oh Annie I’m so sorry!! Your mom was so sweet and loved life so much!! Hugs my dear friend. Many heartfelt hugs. You have lost so much in two few years. My deepest condolences my prayers are going out to you and your family and loved ones.

  5. Bruce Gould says:

    Nancy, Anne…I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your parents fondly from childhood trips down to DC to visit the Washington family. I know how much your parents and grandparents meant to my parents and especially to my father, growing up in NYC. His visits to DC as a child were the oasis in a pretty bleak existence. Our thoughts are with you. Bruce
    Bruce Gould, 11 Camille Lane, West Simsbury, CT 06092

    • Nancy Marmorella says:

      How lovely to hear from you, Bruce. Your father was Mom’s favorite cousin — she always spoke so highly of him.

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