East Lyme - Carolyn "Carlie" M. Powers (Klestinec) Gunn, 95, died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
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She was born in Gloucester, Mass., on March 23, 1917, daughter of Mary McPhee and John H. Powers. Carolyn attended St. Ann's Elementary School, and Gloucester High School, graduating in 1934. She graduated from Salem State Teacher's College in 1937. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Boston University in 1942 and a master's degree of science in education from Southern Connecticut State College in 1967/1968. Carolyn taught school at the Maplewood Elementary School, Gloucester, Mass. from 1937 to 1944 and the Essex Elementary School in Essex, from 1967 to 1978. Carolyn joined the U.S. Coast Guard serving as a SPAR during World War II from 1944 to 1946. Carolyn was married to Robert J. Klestinec of the U.S. Coast Guard who predeceased her, and to Gilman C. Gunn Jr. of Groton, who also predeceased her.
Carolyn owned and operated an antiques shop, OPUS I Antiques in Stonington from 1978 to 1994 and later, The Alcove Antiques in Old Lyme.
Carolyn is predeceased by a daughter, Mary V. Klestinec. She is also predeceased by three brothers, John H. Powers, Dr. Walter J. Powers, Dr. Francis B. Powers; and four sisters, Catherine Powers, Isabelle Evans, Veronica Wolfe and Priscilla Harting.
Her daughter, Margo Crump, resides in South Boston, Mass. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at Union Cemetery in East Lyme. Services will be private.
Donations may be made to: Marian Manor, 130 Dorchester St., South Boston, MA 02127.
Published in The Day on Feb. 24, 2013