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Carol-Ann Rita Callaghan , 70, of Moretown, passed away in the comfort of her family at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Friday, July 15, 2011. Born in Coventry, RI, on July 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James and Rita (Blanchette) Callahan. Carol was previously married to Dennis Bache of Moretown.
Carol was a 1959 graduate of Coventry High School and continued her education at Rhode Island College where she earned her degree of Bachelor of Arts in Education. A lifelong educator, Carol began teaching third grade in Scituate, RI, and then in 1971, moved to the Mad River Valley, settling in Moretown where she led a busy life as a homemaker and raising her five children.
In 1985, Carol resumed teaching at the Moretown Elementary School as a substitute teacher and para-educator. She began taking night school classes at St. Michael’s College where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education and another Master’s in Special Education. She worked at the Moretown Elementary School for 22 years doing what she loved, teaching children how to read, write and learn. She worked tirelessly at additional coursework to meet the needs of her students with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Down syndrome. She retired in 2007 as a special education teacher in Moretown.
Her memberships included the St. Andrew Society; she attended church at St. Patrick in Moretown, St. Andrew in Waterbury and St. Augustine in Montpelier where she enjoyed singing in the church choirs in both Waterbury and Montpelier. She enjoyed singing and being a member of several choirs in the Central Vermont area, and loved the arts, opera and theater. She was a long time member of the 4-H community working as a volunteer leader. In her leisure time, Carol liked to cook, garden, sew, knit, research genealogy, travel and spend time with her family.
Carol is survived by her children, Christina M. Bache of Tampa, FL, Judith A. Bache and her husband David Schantz of Starksboro, Sarah E. Bache of Waterbury, Michael A. Bache and his wife Sarah of Fair Haven, and Andrew M. Bache of Santa Barbara, CA; her grandson Gabriel A. Bache of Fair Haven; her sister Marie Andrade of Coventry, RI, and her three nephews James, John and Jeff Andrade.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church dining room. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Mad River Valley Interfaith Council, P.O. Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673. To send online condolences please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.