Carole L. Gauger
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It is with great sadness that the family of Carole L. Gauger announce her passing after her brave battle with cancer. Carole Gauger (Lorimer) of Harwinton, CT, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Thursday February 11. Carole is survived by her husband of 37 years, Mark D. Gauger; their two daughters, Shawna Johnson of Orange and Brittany Mayzler of Orange; her sons-in-law, Christopher Johnson and Lev Mayzler; four grandchildren, Maris Johnson (11), Chase Johnson (8), Sydney Mayzler (6), and Adley Mazlyer (3); her uncle Harold Parkes of Troy, NY; her sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Jim Murton of East Vassalborro, ME; and countless family and friends from Maine to Texas. Carole was born in Bridgeport, CT, to Iris and Robert Lorimer, and grew up in Trumbull, CT. She graduated from Trumbull High in 1976, and went to Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned multiple degrees in Special Education and Assistive Technology. Carole's passion in life was teaching and educating. She was a Special Education teacher at Martin Kellogg Middle School in Newington for 28 years, retiring in 2018. In addition to working in the public school system, she was also a professor of Special Education at the University of Bridgeport. Together with her husband, Mark, they have operated Maple View Farm since 1990. Although gone far too soon, Carole will always be remembered for her love of travel, phenomenal cooking expertise, and ability to master many crafts (sewing, quilting, spinning wool, and knitting). Carole shared a loving bond with her daughters and her grandchildren, who adored their Oma. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held on The Farm in Spring 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carole's name can be made to Tredwell Hospice, Venice, FL. https://tidewellfoundation.org/donate/

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Published in Hartford Courant on Feb. 14, 2021.
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February 19, 2021
My husband, Chuck, and I taught with Carole at MKMS. We have many wonderful memories. We were at your farm many years ago. Your family is in our prayers and we send our deepest condolences.
Barbara and Chuck Robison
Barbara Robison
Teacher
February 18, 2021
Our sympathy to her family. Mrs Gauger made such a difference in my oldest son's life. She followed him through his time at MKMS. She was that special teacher he will never forget. His best friend even invited her to come to their graduation. It was a awesome moment to see her so proud of them and share our joy. She made such a strong impression on him. My daughter also had the opportunity to experience her wonderful love of teaching. Thank you for sharing her with our community.
Dawn
Student
February 18, 2021
Mark, Shawna and Brittany, we were very saddened to hear of Carole’s passing. We always appreciated how kind and caring you were to Kevin during his high school years. Her beautiful quilt of his soccer jerseys was a real treasure when he went off to college. She will be missed. Ed and Judy Oskandy
Ed and Judy Oskandy
Friend
February 18, 2021
Mark and family, so sorry to hear this sad news. I have many fond memories of get-togethers at your farm. May your memories get you through this very difficult time.
Mary Beth Anderson
Acquaintance
February 18, 2021
Carole was always so friendly, smiling, and positive. We shared a love of Harwinton, food, and Maine. We saw her at the farmers markets for so many years, and at the tennis club parties. She was excited about Florida. We will miss her love and zest for life our deepest condolences to Mark and her family at the very sad time.
John M. Davis and Thomas C. Clark
John M. Davis
Neighbor
February 18, 2021
Shawna,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She sounds like an amazing person. May the loving memories of her help to heal you and your family.
Linda
Linda Grant
Coworker
February 18, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. My husband and I owned Garlic Headz and we would see you at the farmers market. Carol was such a kind and gentle soul, she encouraged my son to go back to school to be an educator himself. Her kindness will be remembered fondly. Deepest sympathy, Nanci Malahan
Nanci Malahan
Acquaintance
February 18, 2021
Mark and family so sorry for your loss prayers are with you and your family
Nick mainella
Friend
February 18, 2021
I’m so sorry for loss. Your mom was a wonderful person and I am grateful to have known her. She always asked me how school was going and I enjoyed our conversations. My deepest condolences to your family.
Andrew Bekstrom
Friend
February 18, 2021
So sorry Shawna to hear about the passing of your mom. It sounds like she was an incredible woman!
Take care of yourself and each other.
Sincerely,
Linda Grant
Linda Grant
Coworker
February 18, 2021
Mark & Family - I am so sorry to hear about Carole. I always looked forward to chatting with her at the Farmers Market. My deepest sympathy to you.
Marcia Fowler
Acquaintance
February 18, 2021
Such a wonderful loving person. She will truly be missed. Condolences to Mark and the family
Lori Buchas
Acquaintance
February 17, 2021
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February 17, 2021
I had the privilege of working with Carole at Martin Kellogg Middle School. Beyond being passionate about helping students succeed, Carole was always a joy to be around. Her wide ranging interests in nature and healthy cooking were a frequent topic of our conversations. We often shared stories about the owls and other bird cams we were watching. Carole was a unique, warm woman who I know has left a lasting legacy on her friends, family and colleagues. May she rest in peace.
Barbara Vanmoerkerque
Coworker
February 16, 2021
Carole was one of the most gracious, kind, knowledgeable, and compassionate people I ever had the pleasure of working with. She treated everyone - students, teachers, and tutors - with respect and dignity and she elevated every room she entered. She was a role model and a friend and she will be greatly missed.
Ashley Sheridan
February 16, 2021
My husband and I were saddened to learn of Carole's passing. We so enjoyed her bright smile and engaging conversation every Sunday at the Collinsville Farmer's Market. She touched so many hearts and lives, young and old, and we will fondly remember her, especially that generous spirit she showed to everyone. Condolences to her entire family.
Charlie and Elena Cunningham
Acquaintance
February 16, 2021
Friends..Carol was in my Breast Cancer group more than 20 years ago. She brought light and spirit to the group, and I will never forget her coming with her friend Linne .My deepest sympathy
Janet Hooper, formerly at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Janet Hooper
Acquaintance
February 16, 2021
My sincere condolences to Shawna and her family.
Paula Matei-Grysiak
Coworker
February 16, 2021
I knew Carole from when I was a Social Worker in Newington and had children at MKMS. Carole was an amazing and talented person. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Joan Guerrera
Friend
February 15, 2021
Mark and family, I am so sad to hear about Carole. I cannot claim to have her known her well, but and I did so enjoy when we crossed paths at farmers markets. Mark and Carole amazed me with their strength as they went through Carole's illness.
My sincerest sympathy to all of you.
Ellen Eberle
Acquaintance
February 15, 2021
My most sincere sympathies to my friend,, Shawna and all her family on the loss of her beloved mother. I am so sorry and am with you in spirit and with prayer at this time of great loss.
Toni Criscuolo
Coworker
February 15, 2021
Sorry to hear about your mom. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. Deb Deluca
Debra Deluca
Coworker
February 15, 2021
Very sad to hear this Mark, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Ed
Friend
February 15, 2021
My heart aches for Mark, the girls and grandkids. Carole was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. I will remember all she taught me about food preservation and cherish the recipe's she so freely shared. My deepest sympathy to Mark and the family.
Karen
Friend
February 14, 2021
I am so saddened by Carole’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of times spent with Carole at our MK “girl outings/weekends”. She had a great laugh, great stories and always a delicious homemade dish to share. Gone much too soon, my deepest sympathy goes out to Mark and their beautiful family.
Lori
Friend
February 14, 2021
God Speed Carol.You were on my mind last week. All the great memories of the parties and gatherings in Jr High and High school days. Prayers to you and your family.
Ron Rifkin
February 14, 2021
I was a teacher in the same school as Carole. Even though we never actually taught together, I could always tell she was a special, kind-hearted person! She always had a smile on her face and was so willing to help others! She taught me some tricks to knitting, since that was one of her passions and gave me an open invite to visit her farm! She was truly a sweetheart and has left us too soon!
Norine Brown
Coworker
February 14, 2021
We are so so very Sorry to hear of Carole’s passing❤... sending all our Love & Hugs to her family . Many prayers for you all during this very sad time❤❤ Laurie, Brad Brett , Alyssa Otis
Laurie Otis
Family
February 14, 2021
Carole had a wonderful sense of humor and a great smile. She was a great cook and everything she made was always delicious and she shared her recipes! We will miss her.
Butch and Marianne
February 14, 2021
We are so so very Sorry to hear of Carole’s passing❤... sending all our Love & Hugs to her family . Many prayers for you all during this very sad time❤❤ Laurie, Brad Brett , Alyssa Otis
Laurie Otis
Family
February 14, 2021
I am so sad today to hear this. I am truly sorry to each one of you, Carol was very special. I loved seeing her in the salon and when I would come to your house to get my veges. My heart hurts today and I hope you all are okay. She was a special lady, cherish all those amazing memories you all have made. She loved her grand babies she was so proud of you girls with all your accomplishments. Mark you both were so cute together. ❤
If you guys need anything please don't hesitate to ask. Love you guys,
Sherrie
Sherrie
Friend
February 14, 2021
I am so sad today to hear this. I am truly sorry to each one of you, Carol was very special. I loved seeing her in the salon and when I would come to your house to get my veges. My heart hurts today and I hope you all are okay. She was a special lady, cherish all those amazing memories you all have made. She loved her grand babies she was so proud of you girls with all your accomplishments. Mark you both were so cute together. ❤
If you guys need anything please don't hesitate to ask. Love you guys,
Sherrie
Sherrie
Friend
February 14, 2021
It has been many years since we last spoke, but you were an amazing colleague, mentor and friend during my years at MKMS. You will be sorely missed. I hope you and George Stevens are dancing up there.
Jodi Faro Langellotti
February 14, 2021
Carole and I worked together at Martin Kellogg and had lunch together everyday. We remained friends after we both retired. I will truly miss the connection we had......
Donna Bimonte-McKean
Friend
February 14, 2021
Mrs.Gauger was a wonderful teacher to my son for several years. She was compassionate, dedicated and an incredible teacher. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss.
Michele Feldblum
Acquaintance
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