Carol Ballard
1939 - 2020
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Carol (Donahue) Ballard, 81, of Broad Brook, CT, entered into eternal rest on April 6, 2020 as a result of complications from Covid-19 at the Kimberly Hall Nursing Home. She was born April 2, 1939, daughter of the late Frank and Mabel Donahue. She is predeceased by her sister Lorraine Fortuna and niece Sharon McCullough. She is survived by her daughter Brenda Anagnos and son-in-law Joshua Anagnos of Havertown, PA, her daughter Lisa Tremonte of East Hartford, CT, and four beautiful grandchildren, Brandon, RJ, Jamie and Leah. She also leaves nieces and a nephew, whom she loved very much, Bruce Fortuna, Pamela Fortuna and Wendy Husk. As a mom, Carol led by example. Carol singlehandedly raised two girls, instilling a strong work ethic, unconditional love, and teaching to always find the good in others and every situation - she was and always will be our hero! Carol was a member of the first graduating class of 1957 from East Windsor High School. She went on to proudly work as a secretary for 50+ years, highlighted by positions with United Acoustics Consultants, Reino Hyyppa & Associates (where she established everlasting friendships with Ken Smith and Dan D'Amelio), BSC Group Engineering, and Welti & Associates, all in Glastonbury, CT. Carol enjoyed all aspects of life, especially her faith, Broad Brook Congregational, the church choir, her friends, country music, her grandchildren and most of all being a dear friend to others. Also, Carol was a longtime member of the South Windsor Choral Group and East Windsor Senior Center. She loved music and loved to dance the Polka. She made a difference in all our lives through her patience, strength, gentle and kind spirit and warm smile. This is how she will be remembered. Carol had so many people that loved her and she loved back. Carol's best friend, Sandra Dion, was family as was her husband Len Dion, Donna & Dean Clisby, Helen Senk, and Fred Schadt as well as many others. The family has entrusted Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home with the arrangements. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. A celebration of her life will be planned with the date TBD. Donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation are welcome. Online condolences may be expressed through

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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 10, 2020.
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April 18, 2020
Auntie Carol,

Thank you for your special gift of brightening up a room with just your presence!
Bruce Fortuna
April 15, 2020
I was deeply saddened to learn of our loss of our good friend Carol. She was always a shining light, cheerful and friendly. She was a good Matchmaker as well as she introduced my husband Peter and me and Ralph to my sister, Helen. She was a good sport and we enjoyed her company wether it was square dancing, polka dancing, going to a movie, or just lunch or for coffee. I will always treasure great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Frances Keenan
April 13, 2020
Mommy, you were my everything! Please give me the strength to get through the pain. Give me a sign once in a while to let me know your with us. All My Love - Brenda
April 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. She was a wonderful person. My memories of Carol go back to when my father hired her after Mrs. Durfee retired. She was the core of Reino E. Hyyppa and Associates and the subsequent businesses. My parents thought very highly of her...Keeping you both in my prayers. Taffy Hyyppa, Vermont
April 10, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Carol's passing. She was someone I always enjoying seeing while visiting my Dad's (Ken Smith's) office for many years, and she was very dear to our family.
You're all in our prayers.
Jessica Hodder
April 10, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Carol, you were and always will be my best friend. We shared so many things together and I shall miss you forever. Til we meet again, may you rest in peace. Sandi and Len Dion & Family
Sandra Dion
April 10, 2020
Remembering Carol (and Lorraine and Mrs. Donahue) from long ago. Wonderful ladies, very sincere and genuine, it was an honor that our paths crossed in life. Sincere sympathies to all the family.
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April 10, 2020
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Leonard Dion
April 10, 2020
Carol something drew me to look at obituaries today. There my friend is you, with your beautiful face to match your beautiful grace. I am glad to have shared our time sitting together and singing like birds at South Windsor Community Chorus. Your quick wit and smile was always a pleasure to be near you. God bless you on your journey home and sing the melodies the angels sing. I'll be listening. from your choir friend the Other Carol-Lynn
Carol-Lynn Miller
April 10, 2020
David Wilson
April 10, 2020
Lisa and Brenda, we are sorry to hear of Mom's passing. Thinking of you.
David and Karen Wilson.
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