Carol L Pellegrine

January 23, 1937October 16, 2016

Carol Louise (Britton) Pellegrine, of Homosassa passed away on October 16, 2016 after her fourth courageous battle with cancer. Carol was born on January 23, 1937 in Valley Stream, New York, the daughter of Ethel Alice (Rosenkrantz) and Albert Edward Britton. She grew up in Dobbs Ferry and White Plains, New York, graduating from Dobbs Ferry High School in 1955 and Wells College in 1959. A brief career in the insurance industry took her to Connecticut, where she eventually decided to become certified as a teacher. As a first year elementary school teacher in Cromwell, Connecticut she met Richard Pellegrine who was taken by her “perky” personality. They married in 1963 and in 1964 moved to Mansfield, Connecticut which would be their hometown for the next 48 years.

After taking time to raise her three children, Carol went back to work as a teacher’s aide and later went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education (as a reading specialist) from Eastern Connecticut State University. After earning her Master’s, Carol was hired by Coventry (CT) public schools working at Nathan Hale Middle School as a Title 1 teacher until her retirement in 1998. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Carol served as the building representative for the teachers’ union.

In her 48 years in Mansfield, Carol lived out her commitment to public service in many different ways; as a leader of the Eagleville Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, a member of the Southeast Elementary PTO, town soccer coach, Head Election Moderator, Republican Town Committee chairperson, various committees at the Storrs Congregational Church, and fundraising committee chairperson and program manager for the Windham Theatre Guild. Carol also held elected office serving as a long-time member and chairperson of the Mansfield Zoning Board of Appeals as well as serving as Judge of Probate and a long-time Justice of the Peace. She was also a leader of the Town of Mansfield’s Charter Revision Committee. When not teaching or serving, both Carol and Dick enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, reading, golfing and traveling. Some of their favorite places were Gananoque, Canada and Wells Beach, Maine where they spent many summer vacations with their children (and later grandchildren). Other favorite trips were a 6 week drive across the US with their children and Carol’s mother in 1979, as well as trips to the Soviet Union, the Swiss Alps, Greece, the Rocky Mountains, and Alaska. When not “on-the-go” Carol was an avid UCONN Women’s Basketball fan.

After Dick’s death in 2012, Carol moved to Homosassa, Florida to be closer to her grandchildren and began serving in her new hometown through the Friends of the Homosassa Library, The Riverhaven Village Garden Club, the Riverhaven Village By-Laws Committee, the Sugar Mill Chorale, volunteering at the Citrus Memorial Hospital Walk-In Clinic, and as a Citrus County Election official. Carol Pellegrine is survived by her sister Betty Vinton of Delaware, her three children Cliff (Ann) of Forest Park, Georgia, daughters Deb Dioguardi (Glenn) of Castle Rock, CO and Pam Pellegrine of Coventry, Connecticut. She is also survived by her three beloved grandchildren; Shane Pellegrine, Amanda and Gillian Dioguardi. Carol is pre-deceased by her sister, Audrey Britton.

A memorial service celebrating Carol’s life will be held Sunday, October 23 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W. Bradshaw Street, Homosassa. The family is also planning a celebration of Carol’s life in Connecticut in early 2017. In memory of Carol’s lifetime of service, the family asks that donations be made to one of the many organizations Carol supported: the Friends of the Homosassa Library, the RIverhaven Village Garden Club’s Scholarship Fund, the Richard Pellegrine Scholarship (Coventry Dollars for Scholars Program, 78 Ripley Hill Road, Coventry, CT 06238), or the Windham Theatre Guild (P.O. Box 802, Willimantic, CT 06226). Words of condolence may be written at


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, October 23, 2016


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October 30, 2016

Dears Pam, Cliff, and Deb, We have special memories of your mother (and your father); she was so vibrant, so sincere, so willing and energized when we knew her. She passed that along to you! Please accept our deepest sympathy to you and yours. Julie, Carl, David, and Stephen Lindquist

Eric Ouellette

October 26, 2016

Pam, Debbie and Cliff - So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom! She was a wonderful, strong and giving person and made a positive impression on all the lives she touched!

Pam and Dick Roberts

October 21, 2016

To Pam, Cliff and Debbie, I wanted to send our thoughts and prayers on the loss of your Mom, how often we think of the contributions you and your family made in the success of the Windham Theatre and in this Storrs Mansfield community. I will think of your Mom and Dad as we enter the new season of Women's Basketball and am so happy to have gotten a hug from Carol at tournament games. Hugs and love from the Storrs Congregational Church Roberts.

October 20, 2016

Dear Pam and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. We were grateful to have spent some time with her at the last show at the Windham Theatre Guild. Her wonderful spirit shined through, even though she was so near the end. We will always remember her with fondness.
Nora and Steven Stein (Mansfield Center)

Naomi Sachs

October 20, 2016

Carol was a wonderful woman - she really did have a "perky" personality, and was always warm and loving. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Betsy Paterson

October 20, 2016

To Carol's family,

I am sorry for your loss. Carol (and Dick) were active, contributing members of the Mansfield community for so many years, serving in so many roles over the years. The world would be a better place if people gave back to their communities as much as she did.

Jon Hand

October 20, 2016

Very sorry to hear of Carol's passing...Wishing you all strength and perspective during this most difficult time.

Patricia Tanaka

October 19, 2016

Dear Pam, Cliff & Deb, My sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Carol. She and your dad were both such great people. She will be missed.
Patty Tanaka (Storrs)

Ernie & Elsie Herrick

October 19, 2016

To Pam & Family

We are very sorry for your loss. We knew both your Mom & Dad for many years. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Sara Frankel-Bermel

October 19, 2016

To Cliff and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss! Your mom was amazing! May your many wonderful memories of her be a blessing.