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CARNEGIE, PA. - Carol Ann Gaetjens, 71, of Carnegie, Pa., on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

She was the beloved wife for 48 years of Arthur G. "Gerry"; loving mother of Jennifer (William) Brandenstein and Donald Garett (Carol) Fairbank; daughter of the late Donald and Eva (Finch) Inforati-Hall; cherished grandmother of Robert, Windsor, Bryce, Holden and Bellamy; and aunt of David, Alex and Kirsten.

Carol graduated from Bangor H.S., class of 62, and the University of Maine, Orono, class of 66, where she was a founding member of Alpha Phi Sorority. She enjoyed riding in the Penobscot Pony Club and taught third grade at the Capehart School. While living in Taiwan, she taught ESL at a school for the blind. After returning from a year tour of duty in Taiwan, the family was assigned to Plattsburgh AFB, NY, and were active in the community on and off Base. Living at 192 US Oval from 1973 to 1977, she planned and participated in many events at the Officers Club and was an officer in the O.W.C. She belonged to the Trinity Episcopal Church and was devoted to church activities. The family moved to Peru, NY, where they lived from 1977 to 1987. While there she was a Girl Scout Leader. After which she and her husband Gerry lived in Peabody, MA, until 2013. As a lifetime horse women she participated in recreational riding and a volunteer at the Windrush (MA) Farm's Equitation Therapy. She was a early pioneer in dog therapy visitation at a nursing home in Peabody, MA. Carol worked with people having special needs helping them ride horses (Equine-Assisted Therapy at Windrush farm).

Friends will be welcomed at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon, Pa., on Monday at 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Service in the funeral home chapel Tuesday morning at 11:30. Interment at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pgh., PA 15205 or Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation Program (Horse Therapy for individuals with special needs),  479 Lacy Street, North Andover, MA 01845. She will be in are hearts forever.

Published on  April 25, 2015
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