Caroline Bennett Fahlen

On May 6, 2019, Caroline Bennett Fahlen passed away at home in Alameda after a long battle with lupus. Her beloved Pastor Dot Lundgren was by her side. A mother of six and grandmother of nine, Caroline’s strong will, determination and quick wit will be missed.

Born on Nov. 14, 1947, and raised in the St. Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco, Caroline graduated at the top of her class at Lowell High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Mills College in psychology, receiving a key to the school for her academic achievements. She continued her schooling and received a Master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University. While working in technology systems, Caroline met Patrick D. McAvoy, they married in 1983, and settled in Alameda.

Caroline was a gifted artist and flautist, passionate about politics and her faith, a loving owner of her feline roommate, Mac, and an avid student of foreign languages. She was very active in her church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alameda, and volunteered regularly for Alameda Food Bank distributions. She enjoyed spending time with her large family and was surrounded by an incredible community of close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick D. McAvoy; father, Dr. Charles “Cub” Cuthbert Fahlen; mother, Dorothy ”Dot” Stauffer Fahlen and brother Charles ”Chuck” Cuthbert Fahlen. She is survived by her brother Theodore “Ted” Fahlen (Lynda), many nieces and nephews and children: Kirby Lawton (Laura) of Berkeley, Ted Lawton (Katrina) of Pismo Beach, Katie Honegger (Travis) of Alameda, Erin Kaller (Chris) of Pasadena, Grace McAvoy (Ken) of Portland, Ore., and Patrick C. McAvoy (Andi) of Pacheco. She was loving Oma to grandchildren: Tomis, Charley, Brayden, Layla, Luke, Cadence, Elliana, Charlotte, Logan and two grandchildren-to-be.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alameda Food Bank at 1900 Thau Way, Alameda, CA 94501, or the local National Public Radio station in Caroline’s memory. 
A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St., Alameda.