Carolyn J. Kozak
1954 - 2017
Ashley Funeral Home
35 Oak St
Middleborough, MA
Carolyn J. Kozak (Spence) passed away peacefully in her home on June 19, 2017 in Middleboro, MA due to complications from cancer. She was 63. Carolyn was born on March 31, 1954 in Fall River, MA to her parents, Dot and Bill Spence. She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 1976 with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Ken Kozak in 1976. They moved to West Hartford, CT, and later to South Windsor, CT where Ken worked as an accountant and Carolyn co-owned a nursery school for more than twenty years. Upon retirement, she enjoyed her position as a sales associate at Williams-Sonoma. They recently moved to Middleboro, MA. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Ken of Middleboro, MA, her daughter, Elizabeth of Portland, ME, her son, David of Westerly, RI, and her sister Doro and her family of Stratham, NH. She is preceded in death by her parents. She will be remembered for her love of cooking, group exercise classes, UConn Womens Basketball, and the Boston Red Sox. The family would like to give thanks to the exceptional staff of Cranberry Hospice for the compassionate care provided. It was Carolyns wish that services and cremation be private and a scattering of ashes occur later in the summer. The family is grateful for the condolences, but in lieu of flowers, donations in Carolyns memory may be made to Cranberry Hospice, Philanthropy Office, 275 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, MA 02360.
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Published by The Herald News on Jul. 1, 2017.
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Ken, Elizabeth and David,
I was so sorry to hear about Carolyn's passing from my mother. I was a cousin who grew with Carolyn and Doro, seeing them quite often as we lived just one town over in Swansea. Our grandmother's were sisters. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Brad Paul
July 7, 2017
Dear Ken,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I can't imagine the pain. May your special memories of Carolyn provide som comfort to you going forward. Thinking of you.
Dave Sullivan
David Sullivan
July 3, 2017
Ken ... My sympathy for your loss.

Joe (Butch) Stankiewicz
joseph stankiewicz
July 3, 2017
Dear Ken:

I am so sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Alberta Noonan
June 29, 2017
Ken, Elizabeth and David,

We were sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. She was a special Lady and will be remembered.

Tom & Helen Davis
Helen Davis
June 27, 2017
Dear Mr. Kozak, Liz and David, I am so sorry to hear Carolyn has passed away. We got together this January for coffee and caught up on everything going on in each other's lives. I am grateful to have her as a friend, and for the loving and positive influence she had on my three girls. We will miss her.
Liz Glaviano (South Windsor, CT)
June 26, 2017
Ken - I was so sorry to read about the loss of Carolyn. I have been thinking about you, Elizabeth, and David and how difficult this must be for you all. I'm sorry that we have lost touch over these last few years but I wanted to offer my sincere condolences.
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Phil Cardone
June 24, 2017
So sorry for the loss of Carolyn I worked with her Mom and Dad they spoke of her often Prayers to her family
Carol Chace
Carol Chace
June 23, 2017
Dear Kozak family, All of us at Great Harvest Bread Co in Vernon will truly miss Carolyn. We has a beautiful addition to our staff from opening day to her last day. Our thoughts are with you all.
June 23, 2017
Ken, Elizabeth, and David, my heart is with all of you....Carolyn was the cousin closest to my age and I remember so many good times shared with her growing sincerest sympathy to all of you...Love, Sue (Tom and Krys also)
Susan Ayers
June 22, 2017
Dear Kozak family, We are so sorry for the loss of Carolyn. We knew your family so well from church and she was such a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Nancy & Joel Zimmerman
June 22, 2017
Chris and I saddened beyond words at the loss of Carolyn. God bless you.
Ron & Chris Zeidler
June 22, 2017
Thinking of you Ken. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Maura Girouard
June 22, 2017
I remember growing up with Carolyn, a year ahead of me in school. Always friendly, always smiling, and always laughing. I have very fond memories! My condolences to the Spence and Kozak families.
Benjie Rubinstein
June 22, 2017
Liz and family, I am so saddened to hear of your mom's (and wife) passing. I last saw Carolyn working at Williams Sonoma a few Christmases ago and we had a pleasant but short conversation as it was a very busy time for her. I have fond memories of sitting together cheering our daughters on at Field Hockey games and Field Hockey camp. She was very proud of her children and their many accomplishments. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Dotti Hajek
June 22, 2017
Dear Kenny, Liz and David and to all my cousins and Family. I will miss Carolyn. I have known her since I was a young girl in Somerset and she would come to our house and hang out with my sisters Kathy and Nancy. She was kind, thoughtful and generous and truly she will be missed. I'm grateful to have seen her this past Christmas at my cousin Lisa's home, and spend some time sitting with her and talking. May God keep her in his gentle arms. Much love to you all, Sue Kozak
Sue Kozak
June 22, 2017
I was very saddened to hear of Carolyn's passing. We became good friends while working at Williams-Sonoma and shared many great experiences together. I'll always remember our first holiday season there, with Carolyn greeting customers at the door holding a platter of peppermint bark. We kept in touch even after I moved away. She displayed tremendous courage during her illness. I was honored to know her and will miss her terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with Ken and her children.
Mary Francis
June 22, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss.
Peter Wilbur
June 22, 2017
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