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Caroline Kenney Obituary and Cause of Death (1994-2022)

Woodstock, Caroline Kenney, 28, peacefully passed away on August 18, 2022, at Baystate Memorial Hospital in Springfield, MA, surrounded by her loved ones. She fought a brave battle against Cystic Fibrosis and finally found relief from her pain.

Caroline was born in Willimantic, CT, and was the beloved daughter of Jerry and Lisa (Hall) Kenney. She was also a cherished sister to Kaitlyn Kenney and Jason Kenney. Caroline attended St. Mary School in Putnam, where she graduated in the class of 2008. She then went on to The Woodstock Academy, graduating in the class of 2012, and received Highest Honors when she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in the class of 2016. Caroline worked as an editor for AARL, but her true passion was to become a published author.

During her time at St. Mary School, Caroline actively participated in the community. She served as the youngest female altar server at that time, was involved in and eventually became the president of Interact, and enjoyed being a member of the Photo Club. Caroline also played softball on the St. Mary team and joined her sister in the little league team.

At Woodstock Academy, Caroline excelled academically, ranking among the top 5 students in her class. She was a member of the climbing club, served as a peer tutor, and was part of the National Honor Society. Caroline also co-captained the Interact Relay for Life team and discovered her passion for pottery.

Her time at Assumption College was marked by success and personal growth. Caroline wrote for the Catholic Digest and had the support of the role models she met at St. Mary School. She also contributed to the college newspaper and worked as an English tutor. One of Caroline’s cherished experiences was her visit to London, a place where she felt truly in her element and loved exploring.

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Colleagues who worked with Caroline admired her dedication and talent as an editor. While in the office, she would leave small messages and origami for her colleagues, brightening their day. Her career also provided her with opportunities to travel and attend conferences across the country.

He also posted a condolence for ARRL Caroline Kennedy;


ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® mourns the passing of our colleague and friend Caroline Kenney. Kenney died August 18, 2022, after battling cystic fibrosis. She was 28 years old.

Kenney was Assistant Editor for QST, ARRL’s monthly membership journal. “Over the past 6 years, Caroline has been a committed professional member of our editorial team,” said CEO David Minster, NA2AA, in a message he shared with the ARRL staff and Board of Directors. “Despite having to live a life with illness, she always rose above it, excelling in her job as Assistant Editor, pushing us and herself to do better. To be better. The world is a lesser place today. God bless her and her family.”

Kenney was born in Willimantic, Connecticut, and attended The Woodstock Academy, class of 2012. She received Highest Honors when graduating with her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College, in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2016. Although she worked as a full-time editor at ARRL, her dream was to become a published author.

Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, shared that Kenney had joined the ARRL staff fresh out of college, quickly fulfilling the role of an incisive editor. “Her skills and contributions grew over the years,” said Schoenfeld. “She approached her work with an intensity that never abated, even in these past weeks. She was also a joy to be around. I dearly wish she were still among us; I miss her already.”

Donations in Caroline’s name can be made to the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a group that supports the cystic fibrosis community, at Caroline was gifted a college scholarship through this foundation when she was attending Assumption College.

Caroline was known for her intelligence, spunkiness, mischievousness, and kindness. She had a knack for giving thoughtful gifts that brought smiles to people’s faces. Unbeknownst to her, she was the true gift to her family and friends. Caroline adored thunderstorms in the summer, going fast on jet skis, anything related to London, and having tea or coffee while catching up with loved ones.

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Caroline is survived by her parents, Jerry and Lisa Kenney of Woodstock; her sister Kaitlyn Kenney of Wellesley Hills, MA; her loving partner Anthony Devlin of Chicopee, MA; her brother Jason and his wife Christine Kenney of Fenton, MI; as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and numerous friends and family members across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Caroline departed from this world knowing just how much she was loved and cared for. She will be forever remembered as a beautiful person who touched the lives of others with her smile and kindness.

Relatives and friends are invited to join Caroline’s family for a visitation from 9:30 am to 10:45 am on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Gilman Funeral Home, located at 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, located at 218 Providence St. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Caroline s name to the Boomer Esiason Foundation at Caroline was gifted a college scholarship through this foundation when she was attending Assumption College.

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