On April 17, 2014, Floral City lost one of its lights as Carolyn "Carol" Kiefer, 79, slipped away peacefully from this world to the next surrounded by her family of friends. Formerly of West Palm Beach, Fla., she was born Aug. 17, 1934, in Cranbury, N.J., a daughter of the late Earl Frank Danser Sr. and Gladys "Happy" Danser née Hand. As a young woman, she lived on the family farm where they grew potatoes and grains. She learned to ride and care for horses, which became her passion. A part of the local equine community, she spent much of her time with her two loves, Franklin and Danser. Carol, always being in great shape and active, was still riding past her 79th birthday. She enjoyed each day and everything around her. She loved her family and friends with a rare sincerity.
She will be dearly missed by her immediate family, her family of friends, her PBSO family, and especially by her furry family - Danser, Franklin, Happy, Sage and Russell. Prior to retirement in 1997, she was employed for 20 years as a consolidation specialist by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and earlier in her career, she worked in classified and legal advertising for the Palm Beach Post.
She is survived by her son, Ryan Kiefer; her sister, Minerva Baldwin (Earl); nieces and nephews, Carol Simon (Michael), Gail Dyer (James), Terri Shanko, Earl Danser, Frank Danser, Kevin Danser and Sally Kominsky; dear cousin, Cindy Vanderbeck (Frank); other family and countless friends. She is predeceased by her brother, Earl F. Danser Jr.
Carol was often heard saying "love and light," which is how she chose to live her life. If you knew Carol your life was brighter with her by your side. The family would like to thank everyone who supported and loved Carol as her cancer progressed. A special thank-you to the following for going above and beyond: Arbor Trail and Hospice of Citrus County; cherished friends Linda and Gil Gates, Ginger Leis, Cathy Milano, Debbie Rigg, Barbara Robinson, Cathy Rotola and Daren, Lisa and Peter Sansone and Jennifer Forsyth.
Relatives and friends are invited to Carol's celebration of life at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Inc. at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 34450; phone 352-726-8323. Friends will be received in visitation from noon until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Horse Protection Association of Florida Inc., 20690 N.W. 130th Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667. Federal Tax Identification Number 65-0191969.