EPSOM – Carol A. (Kohler) Neely, 71, an Epsom resident of 38 years, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at CRVNA Hospice House in Concord after a courageous 2½ year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Her family feels so blessed to have been by her side. We loved her so immensely and our lives will never be the same.
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Born in Bridgeport, Conn. on December 31, 1942, Carol was the daughter of the late Herbert G. and Alice L. (Plude) Kohler.
Before her retirement, she had spent 24 years as secretary with the Epsom Central School. She loved shopping and tag sales and enjoyed antiques, running an antique business from her home for many years. Carol also had a special weakness for abandoned animals and rescued as many as she could.
She was her grandchildren's biggest cheerleader and her children's biggest supporter.
Carol is survived by her husband of 53 years, William R. Neely of Epsom, with whom she would have celebrated 54 years on August 27th; two daughters, Corrine Cassavaugh and her husband, Terry, of Barnstead and Colleen Rousseau and her husband, Gary, of Hooksett; a son, William Neely of Epsom; her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Joshua, Sarah-Beth and her husband, Travis, Coleton, Lilly, Conrad, Tessa, and Holly; and two great-grandchildren, Max and Karlee. In addition she leaves six siblings and their spouses, Herbert Kohler of New York, Gail (Kohler) Bunovsky and Ron, Walter Kohler and Mary, Joel Kohler and Juanita, Chris Kohler and Pam, James Kohler and Linda, all of Connecticut; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous good friends. She also leaves her mother-in-law, Grace Neely of New York; and brother-in-law, David Neely and his wife Edie.
Carol was predeceased by her father-in-law, Donald Neely; and sisters-in-law, Linda Neely and Eileen Kohler.
Calling hours are Friday, August 29th, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main St. in Pembroke.
Services will be held Saturday, August 30th at 11 a.m. at the New Rye Union Congregational Church, 289 New Rye Road, Epsom.
Everyone is cordially invited to the Elks Club, 24 Old Mill Road in Epsom immediately following the church service to celebrate Carol's life.
Carol's request would be to donate to the CRVNA at 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301, where she was cared for so gracefully or to the Animal Rescue League of NH at 545 NH Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110.
The family would like to thank the CRVNA for their amazing care, Dr. Hayes and staff, Dr. Akey and staff, Lincare (especially Ryan and Nick), and Epsom Central School for their amazing support.
Mom you earned those angel wings. We will miss you, but this is only temporary. We will see you again for eternity.
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Petit Funeral Home
167 Main Street
Pembroke, NH 03275
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 23, 2014