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Carol Guernsey

Carol Guernsey (Chuckrow)

Thursday, July 15th, 1948 - Sunday, September 1st, 2019
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Carol Chuckrow Guernsey died Sunday, September 1st at home with her family around her, after a 7 month struggle with a malignant brain tumor.

She was born in New Rochelle, NY to Robert Chuckrow and Adelaide (“Petie”) Phillips Chuckrow. She grew up in Chappaqua, NY and attended Horace Greeley High School where she especially loved the sciences, studying languages (traveling to Russia and France) and playing the flute.

She enjoyed her studies and got a bachelor’s degree from Mt. Holyoke College, a degree in nursing from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree in nurse midwifery from the Frontier School of Nursing. Professionally, she found pleasure helping women with childbirth and breastfeeding, and gave birth to two of her three children at home.

While attending Mt. Holyoke, she met the love of her life, Sherwood Guernsey, with whom she spent the rest of her days. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 21st, just two months before Carol’s passing.

Carol was a smart, focused, enthusiastic, and joyful person. She was small in stature, but big in heart. Her love and care to all those around her brought goodness into the world; a quality sorely needed today.

Carol loved adventure and travel. She joined the Peace Corps with Sherwood, during which time they had two of the best years of their lives. The meaningful relationships they developed in Panama informed them in ways that served them the rest of their lives; they became avid supporters and advocates of immigrants. Later in life, she and Sherwood returned to Panama to start computer learning centers in schools in the poor rural areas that are still operating today. They also traveled throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, many European countries, and Guernsey Island.

She was also a real lover of nature and the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking, and spending time each summer at her family home in Nantucket.

Carol understood that our personal relationships are the most important things in life. For Carol, that meant devoting herself to her three incredible children (Margo, Katie, and Matthew), and her seven grandchildren (Marla Mae, Luke, and Leo Feeney; Darvin and Aleyna Montero; and Sasha and Adrian Guernsey), all of whom survive her, along with her beloved husband Sherwood, her sister Amy Chuckrow, and her three special “serenity sisters”, Deborah Windover, Doe Zottoli, and Karen Charbonneau.

A celebration of this amazing woman’s life will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown, followed by a reception at her home at 402 Hancock Road, Williamstown 01267. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to the “Fund for New World Development” c/o of Sherwood Guernsey at the home address above, to support Carol and Sherwood’s computer learning centers in Panama. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 1:30pm
    First Congregational Church Williamstown
    906 Main St.
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    Rev. Mark Longhurst
  • Interment

    Southlawn Cemetery
    New Ashford Rd.
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Posted at 08:26am
Carol and those who became her serenity sisters, Deborah, Zoe and Karen, were my go to women when I worked as a social worker with pregnant and parenting adolescents for the PASS Project in the 1980's.
I send Carol off with my full respect and honor for her contribution.
And, to her family, and dear friends, my hearfelt sympathy for your loss,
Warmest wishes.....Maggie BIttman

Diane Carazas

Posted at 12:05am
SIncere sympathies to Sherwood and the whole family. Carol brought love and joy to our world in so many ways but especially through her service to the people of Panama. WE celebrate her life with gratitude because of who she was and how she loved and served.

Lisa Welch

Posted at 11:58am
Margo and family, We are so saddened by your tremendous loss. We're holding you and your Mom in the light. Stuardo, Lisa, and Isabella

Sheila Murray

Posted at 02:24pm
Sherwood, I am sooo sorry to hear this. You have been in my prayers since I knew of this. I found Carol to be a kind, gentle person and obviously the rock in the family. My deepest sympathies. With love and prayers to you and your family.
Sheila Murray

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