Obituary — Carolyn Marie Stanoff, 1961 – 2020

CLAYTON, CA — Carolyn (Carrie) Marie Stanoff died May 5, 2020.

Carrie had been diagnosed with glioblastoma (brain cancer) in December 2015. Carrie fought bravely and remained positive during her treatment. Initially, medical professionals’ prognosis was 14 months, but she lived 5½ years.

Carrie was born in Chicago in 1961. Her family moved to Burbank, where Carrie excelled academically and athletically at Burbank High School. She later graduated with honors from Cal State Northridge with a degree in journalism.

After working 10 years as a writer and journalist, Carrie became a marketing manager for several engineering firms. She was an excellent writer and enjoyed collaborating with colleagues on projects. She was known for her bright and positive outlook, and people enjoyed working with her.

Carrie passed away with courage and grace, surrounded by her family and friends. She was a woman of strong Christian faith who loved her family, friends and Clayton. She was a very intelligent woman with a wonderful sense of humor.

Carrie is survived by her loving husband Gary, devoted son Zachary, mother Violet Bos and sister Laura Younkman.

Donations can be made in Carrie’s name to the Cancer Support Community in ­Walnut Creek.

Because of the COVID pandemic, the family plans to have a celebration of life this June. For updates about the celebration of life, contact family at