Lynnette (Lyn) Mijen Cikara, Occupational Therapist and Coach, passed away on January 5, 2020. She was born and raised in Edenvale, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 29, 1950. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1973. Being an Occupational Therapist (OT) wasn’t just a career, it was her passion. She modeled and molded her students into passionate OT’s and was one of the top psychiatric OT’s in Johannesburg, both clinically and in her supervision of her students at Wits. She enriched the lives of every patient and therapist with whom she worked. This experience led to the opportunity for her and her family to immigrate to the United States in 1994. Upon landing in Elkhart Indiana, she experienced her first blizzard. She learned about wearing layers, snow angels, creating snow sculptures, and the unpredictability of lake effect snow. In 1999, she became a professional Executive Coach and started her own business, Manager’s Success. As a coach, she helped elevate her clients’ skills as managers and leaders so they were successful in communicating their vision and goals which contributed to the success of their work. In 2008 she headed west to Portland, Oregon where she continued her OT career and grew her coaching business to Lyn Cikara Leadership Development. She retired as an OT in 2017 to focus on growing her coaching business fulltime.
She was extremely creative and loved to sew and bake, had a deep love for trees, forests, and roses, she loved classical music, and was a strong and courageous woman. She instilled all of these things in her five daughters and her legacy will live on forever.
Lyn was preceded in death by her father, Issac Samuel Mijen, her mother Lettie Mijen, and her brother Victor Mijon. She is survived by her daughters Lauren (Amy Pitlik) Cikara of Denver, Colorado, Samantha Cikara of Portland, Oregon, Melissa Cikara of Portland, Oregon, Megan Cikara of Washington, DC, and Sarah-Jane Cikara of Portland, Oregon, her sister Querida Siebert of Edenvale, South Africa, and a loving extended family in South Africa, Greece, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Lyn spent her last days with her daughters, laughing and sharing stories. Everyone who knew Lyn knows she lived her life loudly, with love, joy and compassion.
A celebration of Lyn’s life is being planned for May 2020 in Portland, Oregon when the roses start blooming. If you would like to receive information about the celebration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and contact information.
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