Carol Jean (Brusie) Pynchon

SHARON —  Carol Jean (Brusie) Pynchon, 89, passed away July 23, 2019, in Hampden, Mass. 

She was born July 30, 1929, in Sharon to Wilma (Cook)  and Ralph Brusie. She grew up on the family farm, Webutuck Spring Farm, in Millerton. 

Upon graduation from Roeliff Jansen School in Hillsdale, Carol moved to Albany, where she graduated from Mildred Elley Secretarial School in 1947. She later was employed at U.S. Plywood, where she met her future husband, John D. Pynchon.  

They married in Millerton on July 20, 1952. Together they raised four children: John B. Pynchon of Rockport, Mass., Susan C. Pynchon of Amherst, Mass., Thomas R. Pynchon of Canton, N.Y., and Nancy A. Pynchon of Nashua, N.H.  

Carol worked for many years as executive secretary of the United Way of Greater Hartford prior to retiring and traveling with her beloved husband, John. Trips to visit with her husband’s family in Hawaii and on Cape Cod were always special.

Carol fondly shared her childhood experiences on the farm with her children as they grew up, by often visiting family in Millerton, exposing them to a true working farm, and proudly showing off the one-room schoolhouse she and her siblings attended.  

Carol cherished spending time with her grown children and their families, and experiencing the joys of her 10 grandchildren. She was an avid gardener and took pride in her landscaped backyard, which flourished with flowers and plants. She was a past president of the Enfield Women’s Club and a member of the Enfield Congregational Church.  

She was a talented knitter and quilter and took pride in making each grandchild a beautiful quilt or blanket upon birth and in making Christmas tree skirts and stockings for all her children’s homes. She filled her home with flow blue china that was displayed alongside the many antique clocks that her husband, John, had restored.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, John; her sister, Mary and brother-in-law Robert DeGroff; and her sister-in-law Louise Brusie. 

She is survived by her loving four children; her daughter-in-law Carol Smith Pynchon and her husband, Tom; 10 grandchildren, John, Henry, James, Joe, Drew, David, Lindy, JulieAnne, Carrie and Madilyn; two great-grandchildren, John and Lillian; and her siblings, Orrin and John and Kathryn (Brusie) Colclough, and brother-in-law George Colclough.

A private celebration of Carol’s life will be held in Millerton. 

She lived. She loved. She laughed. She will be missed.

Donations may be made in Carol’s name to the Northeast-Millerton Library, P.O. Box 786 Millerton, NY 12546; or to the GFWC Woman’s Club of Enfield Inc., GFWC of Enfield, P.O. Box 80, Enfield CT, 06083. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. 

To send an online condolence, go to www.conklinfuneralhome.com.