Carole Jennings
1940 - 2019
Spear-Miller Funeral Home
39 South Benson Road
Fairfield, CT
Carole Schmidt Jennings
Carole Schmidt Jennings, daughter of Lieutenant Carl M. Schmidt, Jr. BFD and Elizabeth Carroll Schmidt of Bridgeport and Rotunda, FL passed away after a long illness on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Born April 22, 1940 in Bridgeport, Carole attended and graduated from Central High School in 1958. She received her Bachelor's degree from the College of New Rochelle in 1962, and later her Master's from Seton Hall University in 1974. She married Russell Bandré Jennings in 1964. Carole was employed by the NYC Board of Education as a Speech Pathologist from 1962-1978 where she organized and operated the first elementary school speech center, then organized and operated the first intermediate school speech center on Staten Island. She also taught at the New Teacher Workshop in 1974 and 1975. She and her husband moved to Fairfield in 1977 where she worked for the Fairfield Board of Education from 1978-1999. After retirement she worked as a preschool speech screener. She was a member of St. Pius X Parish, the Gaelic American Club, and a board member of the Retired Educators of Fairfield, for whom she planned UCONN basketball events at Harbor Yard. Carole loved to travel, visiting states from Maine to Hawaii. Carole was the inspiration to host 3 exchange students and to swap houses with a family in France. She was a catalyst for planning trips and vacations for groups of family and friends, including trips to Europe and Ireland. Camping was fun for her; she and her family survived the hurricane of 1955 in a tent at Lake Warmwaug. Her favorite trip of all was the yearly vacation at the Trapp Family Lodge in VT. She loved to bake her favorite breads and cheesecakes for friends and family, birthdays and holidays. Carole is survived and greatly loved by her husband of over 54 years, Russell Jennings; their son, Brian Jennings and his wife Kerry Brown, and granddaughter, Felicia Jennings-Brown of Manhattan; Gregory Jennings and his wife Kelly Brock Jennings, their children Madison, Kortney, and Gavin of Calabasas, CA; her sister Lois Schmidt of Plainfield; her nephew Adam Schmidt and his family of New Orleans; her niece Pamela Wilcoxson and her family of Greenville, SC; as well as many cousins. Carole was predeceased by her brother John Schmidt of New Orleans. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Carole on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield followed by interment at St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford. Friends may call on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. For information or to sign an online register, please visit

Published by Connecticut Post on Jul. 1, 2019.
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home
39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Pius X Church
Fairfield, CT
St. Michael's Cemetery
Stratford., CT
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My heart goes out to the lovely Jennings family on hearing opf Carole"s passing..we all have incredible menories of her that we will always treasure in our hearts..all she did for others..she smile..her kindness, her laugh and her total understanding of all things and situations..she was patient..understanding amd loved all..she was a living saint in our midst..I was a teacher at Dwight..but I knew her from outside of school through me deceased sister , Nancy Smith..who knew Carole through their was a gift to know Carole..she and Nancy are buried nearby..I will visit her grave often..Thank you Caolre for all your inspirations..we will carry on your causes, etc..Blessings to your family..from my heart..Joan E. Kleinknecht
Joan E. kleinknecht
July 29, 2019
Carole will always be in my memory and heart..she was a personal inspiration to me from the moment I met her many years ago when my sister Nancy (age 35) passed away..Nancy was connected to Carole through their sons (school and neighborhood) Carole heart reached out to me and we were always friends spiritually. Carole was an absolute miracle..I loved talking to she saw with her soul..Her grave is right so very close to Nancy's and I will always stop by to visit Carole..and thank her for all she did for me and millions of others..for sure I will plant some flowers in the fall..Thank you Carole for being were an amazing wife, mother, friend and teacher..Blessings to all who knew her..we will make a differwnce because of you, Carole Jennings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joan kleinknecht
July 29, 2019
My Deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Carole. May the comfort of our heavenly father who is our Rock & Stronghold give you peace and in this time of grief. He is our shield and the God of refuge. Psalms 18:2. she was a dear freinds Sincerely, JR
July 8, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Russ. Carole will be missed on Winnepoge Drive for sure. Vicki and Jon Duguid
Vicki Duguid
July 3, 2019
Jjanice CIOPPA
July 2, 2019
I had Mrs. Jennings for speech when I was at Stratfield School in Fairfield from 1981-1986. I will never forget in 5th grade, she taught me about idioms, as I had trouble understanding taking things literally & figuratively. She also went the extra mile during my 5th grade year by seeing me before the school day started, as I didn't want to miss any class (prior to that, I had to be pulled from class for speech). I will never forget her as she is one of many who have contributed to my success in school and in life. Godspeed!

Jennifer Hochberg Toller
Stratfield Class of 1986
Jennifer Hochberg Toller
July 2, 2019
Sincere condolences to Russ and all of Carole's friends and loved ones. Her pure joy in doing for others and her earnest striving to contribute in all areas of her life will live in the memory of all who knew her. She was one of a kind, a precious being who will be loved and remembered for all she gave to the world. Rest in peace Carole. Your life was a precious gift to us all.
Paula Sweeley
July 1, 2019
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Spear-Miller Funeral Home
July 1, 2019
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