Covell Funeral Home

200 N Brownson, Kingsley, MI


Carol Sandra Zenas

13 December , 194131 July , 2019

Carol Zenas, age 77, of Williamsburg passed away on July 31, 2019 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. Carol was born on December 13, 1941 to Genevieve and John Mistell in Mt. Clemens, MI. She attended St. Louis the King grade school and high school graduating in 1959. Carol matriculated to the University of Michigan majoring in nursing. She met her husband Stan on a blind date the summer between her freshman and sophomore year. They were married in July of 1963 and began life together in Livonia, MI. In 1965, the first of their 4 sons, Jeffrey was born followed by Mark in 1966, James in 1969 and David in 1970. In 1973 Carol returned to the University of Michigan to pursue a master’s degree in nursing. Upon completion, she took a full-time teaching position at Madonna University in nursing while simultaneously studying for her doctorate in Education at the University of Michigan. In 1984, having earned her PhD, Carol joined the faculty in the School of Nursing at Oakland University. As Graduate Program Director at Oakland, she guided the nursing school’s development of a master’s level CRNA program in partnership with William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Zenas served as Acting Dean of the School of Nursing for several years and also as a college accreditation visitor for the National League for Nursing. Carol and Stan traveled extensively throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe. However, the best of times were spent at their cottage on Skegemog Lake in Williamsburg, MI boating, dirt biking and snowmobiling with family and friends. In 1996, they tore down the old cottage and built their dream home on the lake. They also became “snowbirds” with a second home in North Fort Myers, FL. Carol was an amazing hostess and gourmet chef. Her hobbies included quilting and bridge. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, John and Genevieve Mistell. She is survived by her husband Stan of 56 years, sons Jeff (Julie), Mark, Jim (Tara) and Dave (Lori) and grandchildren Steve (Liz), Rob, Greg, Riley, Trevor, Claire, Madeline and Jessica. An announcement for a celebration of life for Carol will be made at a later date.


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Penny Cass

3 October 2019

Carol was my teacher at Madonna then my colleague at Oakland University. So sorry to hear of her death. Prayers for Stan and the family.

Mary Mittelstaedt

24 September 2019

I am so sorry, I just learned of Carol passing. I was a colleague of hers at Oakland University. My sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

Ken and nancy Freeman

8 August 2019

Have so many fun memories of cruising, snowmobiling, dinners, etc with Carol and stan. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Jim and Bonnie Kline

8 August 2019

Carol was a dearst friend friend to both of us. We shared many many times together snowmobiling, boating, cruising and traveling in many countries throughout the world. We will miss you very much and send our deepest sympathy to Stan and all the family. Love, Jim and Bonnie

Barbara Test

5 August 2019

Herb and I loved visiting with Carol and Stan. We became close friends because of our babies Shelly and Buddy and Tori and Diesel. We also had other vacation places in common before Upriver. We will miss her fabulous meals and our visits . Stan you're the best husband ,person I ever met. Please take care and Carol rest in peace. Love you guys ..Barb Test

Brenda Gresell

2 August 2019

Dear Stan and Family,
I am at a loss for words at the news of Carol’s passing. She was a dear friend and will be greatly missed. I’m very thankful that I was able to visit and spend some time with her last week.
My prayers are with all of you. Cherish your memories.
Love, Brenda

Marty and Marge Bledsoe

2 August 2019

Dear Stan and Family,
Words cannot express our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
We will be keeping you in our prayers.
Marty and Marge Bledsoe