Florence Carbonell, 88

Florence Jean Carbonell, 88, of Ridgefield, wife of John Carbonell, died of congestive heart failure on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Danbury Hospital.

Jean was born February 20, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of George and Florence (Reed) Malloy.  She grew up in Philadelphia and was predeceased by her brother, George.  

Jean received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Temple University.   While at Temple, Jean met John.  More specifically, she spilled a cup of hot coffee on him, and the rest was history! They married in 1952 and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.

Jean and John lived throughout the country:  California, Michigan, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.  They moved to New Canaan in 1978 and then to Ridgefield about 18 years ago.

Jean began her teaching career in California and later taught in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.  She retired from West School in New Canaan in 1993.  After retirement she became a teacher at the New Canaan First Presbyterian Church Nursery School.

With the beginning of every school year, Jean declared that it was the best class ever.  She had a gift of making every student feel special and kept in touch with former students and their families for decades.   

In addition to her husband John, she is survived by two daughters, Carol Gardell and her husband John and Nancy Schneider and her husband Bruce all of Ridgefield, John Carbonell and his wife Karen of Huntersville, NC, George Carbonell and his wife Eileen of Gaithersburg, MD and Jim Carbonell and his wife Julie of Danville, CA.  She was blessed with thirteen grandchildren:  Jenny Carbonell, Kevin Carbonell, Christy Carbonell Lord, JP Gardell, George Carbonell, Tim Gardell, Maria Gardell, Geoffrey, Alec and Erin Schneider, and Jack, Will and Matt Carbonell.  Her three great granddaughters, Maddie and Charlotte Lord, and Camden Carbonell, brought her such joy!

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.  A service will take place on Saturday at 12 noon in the funeral home.

Contributions in Jean Carbonell’s memory may be made to Rides for Ridgefield, 400 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.  Rides for Ridgefield  provides seniors and those with mobility disabilities access to transportation so they can continue activities and services needed to maintain quality of life.

— by the family