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Carol L. Grainger

November 19, 1941 ~ June 25, 2022 (age 80) 80 Years Old


PITTSFIELD – Carol L. Grainger, 80, of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her daughters on Saturday, June 25, 2022 following a lengthy battle with dementia.

Carol was born on November 19, 1941 in Arlington, MA, daughter of the late Frank S. and Dorothy E. (Morrill) Breen.

Carol was a woman of many talents, a selfless person who was always willing to help. She was a graduate of UNH where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and met her future husband. After graduation, she worked as a hotel manager for the Carpenter Hotel in Manchester taking with her many stories she loved to share. She spent some time as a stay-at-home mom to her four daughters and later went back to school at Notre Dame for her teaching certificate. She worked for over 30 years at the Pittsfield Elementary school first as a Tutor and later as a First Grade Teacher where she helped mold little minds. She also enjoyed her time as a Children's librarian at the Josiah Carpenter Library.

Carol enjoyed being social, doing yoga, going on walks, traveling with her husband and later her daughters. She took pride in being a caretaker for some of her friends that couldn’t drive or needed a little assistance. Her quiet time would be spent reading, gardening, completing crossword puzzles with ease (and a pen) and she was very involved with the Our Lady of Lourdes Church family in Pittsfield. Carol participated and belonged to many Community organizations.  She was a Brownie leader, member of Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family, Budget Committee, PCDC, Library Trustee, PES PTO and Booster Club.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Dean R. Grainger in 2010 and her twin brothers, Stephen Breen and William Breen.

 She is survived by her four daughters, Andrea Riel and her husband Mark of Pittsfield, Michele Karwocki and her husband Peter of Penacook, Lisa Fries and her husband Andrew of Epsom and Robin Blais and her husband Fredrick of Swanzey, sisters-in-law, Dianne Breen of Tacoma, WA and Judy Breen of Manchester, seven grandchildren, Nicole Semales and her husband Nick, Nicholas Karwocki and his wife Danielle, Jennifer Karwocki, Nathan Fries, Lucas Fries, Kyle Blais and his fiancé Kelsey LaQuerre and Kali Blais and her significant other Peter Spanos, five great grandchildren, nephews, William Breen and his wife Melanie, Jay Breen and his wife Karen, Jason Breen and his wife Shelly, Brian Breen and his wife Lindsey and niece Kelsi and fiancé Adam Ransavage.

The family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the many caregivers that had a special place in our mother’s life.  Thank you to Nicole & Nick Semales, Deb Foss, Lexi Brown, the staff at Home Instead, Sara Drew and the staff at The Inn at Deerfield, the staff at Harris Hill Center and Concord VNA Hospice.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29th from 4PM to 6 PM with a funeral service to follow at 6PM in the Roan Family Funeral Home – Still Oaks Chapel, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home beginning at 6PM.Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Josiah Carpenter Library (payable to Town of Pittsfield), 41 Main Street, Pittsfield 03263 or to a charity of your choice. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit


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June 29, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Roan Family Funeral Home - Still Oaks Chapel
1217 Suncook Valley Highway
Epsom, NH 03234

Funeral Service
June 29, 2022

6:00 PM
Roan Family Funeral Home - Still Oaks Chapel
1217 Suncook Valley Highway
Epsom, NH 03234


Josiah Carpenter Library (Payable to the Town of Pittsfield)
41 Main Street, Pittsfield NH 03263


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