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Carol Baumert Buonato Obituary
Carol Baumert Buonato of Kennett Square Carol Baumert Buonato, 70, died on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Born on February 22, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Helen Baumert. She was the beloved wife of Nicholas S. Buonato with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Carol is survived by her sister Joy Grim of Saylorsburg, Pa.; niece Jenna Paradis of Columbia, Md.; and nephew Todd Jones of Baltimore, Md. Carol graduated with honors in biology from Dickenson College, Carlisle in 1963 and spent the next 22 years in medical and pharmaceutical research, most of it at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Radnor. Around 1980 her husband, Nick, became interested in antique clocks and their repair. They joined the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and while attending meetings, Carol, seeing all the different clocks with their reverse painted glasses and painted dials, developed a strong interest in learning the art and techniques involved. She found a local teacher of reverse painting and took lessons for several years. The methods and materials used were of the period and learned about an organization dedicated to preserving and teaching those techniques, the Historical Society of Early American Decoration (H.S.E.A.D). She joined the organization as an Applicant and went on to fulfill the requirement to become a member. Later she earned a Specialist Award which enabled her to teach dial painting. Carol was basically self- taught in the art of painting and restoring dials since when she started there were no instructions or books to follow. She has painted dials for clients all over the country and Canada, has taught classes and workshops on dial painting and was chosen by H.S.E.A.D. to make a professionally filmed DVD on how to paint clock dials. Restoring and painting clock dials has been her full-time job since 1988. Besides her profession of dial painting, Carol was interested in horticulture, enjoyed courses at Longwood Gardens and planted many flower beds around her house, receiving compliments not only from customers but by passerby who admired her work. She also was a lover of animals, especially dogs, and had many over the years. Having spent many years in research she knew how important it was to support research in animal diseases. Recently, her heart was touched seeing the struggle of our wounded veterans and was supporting them. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her name be made to either the Morris Animal Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements for a memorial service have been made and will take place between 1 and 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, 100 E. Locust Lane and Rt. 82, Kennett Square. Arrangements by the Founds Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester, 610-696-0134. Online condolences may be made at www. foundsfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Feb. 21, 2012
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