Carolyn M. Gunn

March 23, 1917February 22, 2013

Carolyn (Carlie) M. Powers (Klestinec) Gunn, born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on March 23, 1917, daughter of Mary McPhee and John H. Powers. Died on February 22, 2013 at age 95. Carolyn attended St. Ann’s Elementary School, and Gloucester High School, graduating in 1934. She graduated from Salem State Teacher’s College in 1937. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Boston University in 1942 and a Master’s Degree of Science in Education from Southern Connecticut State College in 1967/1968. Carolyn taught school at the Maplewood Elementary School, Gloucester, Massachusetts from 1937 to 1944 and the Essex Elementary School in Essex, Connecticut from 1967 to 1978. Carolyn joined the U.S. Coast Guard serving as a Spar during World War II from 1944 to 1946. Carolyn was married to Robert J. Klestinec of the U.S. Coast Guard who predeceased her, and to Gilman C. Gunn, Jr. of Groton, Connecticut, who also predeceased her.

Carolyn owned and operated an antiques shop, OPUS I Antiques in Stonington Connecticut from 1978 to 1994 and later, The Alcove Antiques in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Carolyn is predeceased by a daughter, Mary V. Klestinec. Her daughter, Margo Crump, resides in South Boston, Massachusetts. Carolyn is predeceased by three brothers, John H. Powers, Dr. Walter J. Powers, Dr. Francis B. Powers, and four sisters, Catherine Powers, Isabelle Evans, Veronica Wolfe and Priscilla Harting. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at Union Cemetery in East Lyme, Connecticut. Services will be private.

Donations may be made to: Marian Manor, 130 Dorchester St.,South Boston, MA 02127.


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T.C. ..

February 28, 2013

To Carolyn's family and friends: Please accept my condolences. May she remain alive in your memories just as she will always be in God's memory.

Karen Arata

February 26, 2013

I joined Essex Elementary in 1975 fresh out of college and a brand new teacher. Carolyn kept me laughing and in great spirits. What a heart and soul she had.

Mary Porter-Price

February 24, 2013

Dear Family of Carolyn Gunn,
What a trailblazer your mother was! Indeed I was fascinated by her educational career as I too am an educator. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers as you continue your earthly journey.