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Carolyn "Chickie" Panasevich

STOCKBRIDGE Carolyn Clarke "Chickie" Panasevich of Needham and Stockbridge, died peacefully at home on May 22, 2014, at the age of 89. She was the loving mother of Karen Panasevich-Cummins and her husband, Robert Cummins, of Still River, and the late John Panasevich; devoted grandmother of Mark of Ayer, Alex and his wife, Coleen, of Marlborough, and Christopher Albert of Granby; great-grandmother of Leo of Marlborough; dear cousin of Christine and Gary Kleinerman of Lee; sister of Anne Meixsell and her husband, Mike, of Sudbury and William Bruch and his wife, Laura Balent, of Bellevue, Wash. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, students, family, and friends. She was a former valedictorian of the High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, graduate of Queens College magna cum laude, did graduate work at Hunter College, and received a Masters of Arts from Boston University. She played the french horn for Washington National Symphony, Kansas City Philharmonic, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Theatre, Ice Capades, and Young Audiences, and was founder of the Pro Arte Woodwind Quintet. She was a former faculty member of Boston University, Emmanuel College, Rivers Country Day School, All Newton Music School, Walnut Hill School, and the Needham public schools. She was a valiant advocate for those in need, working for social justice issues and helping homeless families stabilize in permanent housing. Carolyn was a member of the Needham Council of Churches, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Mississippi Box Project, and Second Home and Christ Episcopal Church. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service honoring her life will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 472 Lincoln St. Marlborough, MA. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the service for the local food pantry. Interment will be private at a later date at Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Needham. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to Fair Foods 3 Nottingham St. Dorchester, MA 02121 or Circle of Hope 65 Rosemary St Needham MA 02494.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 1, 2014
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