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Obituary for Carole Ann (Flynn) Painter

Carole A. Painter of Stow, MA (formerly of Sandwich, MA and Phoenix, AZ), 87, passed away on 10/22/23. Carole was born in Worcester, MA to Leo and Helen Flynn. She grew up in Shrewsbury, MA, and attended Worcester State Teachers College, where she earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Education.

She was happily married to Howard Painter, Jr. of Bloomfield, CT for more than 60 years. Carole is predeceased by Howie and survived by her children, Ted and Helen, along with their spouses, Liz and Sean and 4 loving grandchildren – Katie, Lee, Liam, and Caroline. She is predeceased by her sister Nancy and survived by her sister Joanne, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Carole was a devoted educator whose illustrious career and life’s work spanned 40 years in Massachusetts and Arizona, where she taught primary, special needs, and gifted students. Outside of school Carole created a perfect home for two children as they migrated with Howie’s itinerant career around the globe making extended stops in Tokyo, Munich, Zurich, Stow, Phoenix, and Sandwich; opportunities Carole seized upon with her omnipresent smile and effervescent charm to nurture an ever expanding circle of deep and enduring friendships. In retirement, Carole served as a docent for the Heard Museum of American Indian Art and the Phoenix Art Museum. She pursued avidly painting, crafting, quilting, and continued to teach pre-K and primary children on orchard field trips to Shelburne Farm. Carole found life-long joy in socializing, entertaining, nourishing, and gathering with friends, family, Howie, and especially her grandchildren in Sandwich on Cape Cod.

A service is scheduled for Monday, November 6th at St Isidore's Church in Stow, MA at 10 AM followed immediately by a burial at the Brookside Cemetery in Stow, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the New England Home for little wanderers Boston (, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital (, or the Alzheimer’s Association (