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Carolyn K. House

October 29, 2015
Lake Placid News

Carolyn K. House, 94, of state Route 73 in Keene Valley passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown.

She was born in Binghamton, New York on July 4, 1921 to the late Joseph and Josephine (Slezak) Ksionzyk.

Carolyn graduated from Alice Freeman Palmer Central School in Windsor, New York and went on to Charles S. Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Johnson City, New York. She moved to Keene Valley in 1945 to be near her "big" sister and work at the Keene Valley Neighborhood House as a registered nurse. She subsequently met Frederic House, and they were married on May 31, 1946.

Carolyn was employed at the Neighborhood House and then the Keene Valley Hospital until her retirement in the mid-1970s.

Carolyn enjoyed traveling with family and friends, golfing, knitting and in later years was passionate about counted cross-stitch. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family. She took special pride in mowing her lawn and was often seen on her riding lawn mower. One local resident commented that "the older your mother gets, the bigger her riding mower gets."

Carolyn was "Granny" or "Granny Carolyn" to many children in her extended family.

Carolyn is survived by her two children, Lawrence (Larry) House of Keene Valley and Diana House also of Keene Valley; one granddaughter Amanda Batres and her husband Juan of Charlotte, North Carolina; and one great-granddaughter Victoria. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and four step-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, Fred; one sister Julia; and three brothers, Stanley, John and Edward.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley. Burial will follow immediately at Norton Cemetery in Keene.

Donations in Carolyn's memory may be made to the Keene Valley Fire Department Ambulance Fund or the Frederica Mitchell Legacy Fund at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. An opportunity to share memories and stories at Baxter Mountain Tavern will follow the burial.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Marvin-Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street in Elizabethtown.

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