The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 7, 2008


Carolyn L. Pennini
As a young woman, grew up in Carlisle

Carolyn L. Pennini, 87, of Newark, Delaware, formerly of Lexington and Carlisle, passed away peacefully at home, on February 24.

Mrs. Pennini was born in Somerville on November 10, 1920. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Edna (Noyes) Biggi of Bedford Road, Carlisle.

She was raised in Carlisle and was a graduate of Concord High School.

From 1951 to 1969 she lived in Lexington, where she raised her family, subsequently relocating to Pennsylvania and then to Delaware. While living in Lexington, she was active in the Hancock Congregational Church and Girl Scouts.

She will be remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She enjoyed being with her family and grandchildren, working in the flower garden, caring for her pets and birdwatching.

She was the wife of the late Roy Vincent Pennini, who died in 1988.

Mrs. Pennini is survived by her daughters, Nancy J. Block and her husband Robert of Lunenburg and Susan E. Bradley and her husband Michael of Newark, Delaware, with whom she lived, one sister, Virginia Hills and husband Russell of Weston; four granddaughters, Deborah Fugazzotto and husband Stephen of Dracut, Rebecca Block of Leominster, Andrea Ott and husband Richard of Newark, Delaware, and Diana Estrello and husband Jason stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and five great- grandchildren, Emily, Katelyn, Elizabeth, Nathan and Joel.

Her funeral service was held at the Bedford Funeral Home, Bedford, on Friday, February 29.

Interment was in Green Cemetery in Carlisle.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

• Kyra Prats of River Road and Catherine Brennan of Bedford Road have earned academic honors at Newton Country Day School. Prats, a junior, received Gold Distinction and Brennan, a seventh grader, received Silver Distinction. Prats was inducted into the Sedes Sapientiae Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Dollina Borella (second from left) talks with MIT president Susan Hockfield following the MIT 2008 Excellence Awards ceremony. Guests of Borella’s include Mary Lou Koning (left) and Phil Conti (to Borella’s left). (Photo by Ellen Huber)

• Dollina Borella of East Riding Drive, a MIT/Lincoln Laboratory employee, was a member of a four-person visitor reception services team who received a serving-the-client award at the MIT 2008 Excellence Award ceremony at Kresge Auditorium on February 28.

• Shelley Reeves (left) of Carleton Road, a nationally certified teacher, has been selected as the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association 2008 Teacher of the Year. Initially Reeves had planned to attend medical school, then made a left turn into geology and science teaching, then an about-face into music school. She finds herself astonished and honored to be recognized in the music profession.Reeves has led workshops for the Concord Area Music School Association and taught a music appreciation course for the Carlisle Council on Aging. Reeves moved to Carlisle in 2000 and established her piano studio here.

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