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Obituary: Carolyn Kiblinger Mandel

Carolyn Kiblinger Mandel, a 51-year resident of Port Washington, died after a long illness at her home in Baxter Estates on May 13, 2010 at the age of 72. She was born and raised on a farm in Flint, MI, one of four children of John and Carol Carey Kiblinger. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1959, married fellow U of C alumnus Maurice Mandel, and settled immediately in Port Washington, where she taught English at Weber Junior High School for several years before raising a family.

She sang for many years in Port Singers and costumed many of their productions. She sang also in the Community Synagogue choir. Her musical talents and interests extended also to summer performances at the Berkshire Choral Festival, near her country home in Monterey, MA. She was a longtime patron of the Metropolitan Opera and active member of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club.

Her artistic talents were evident in her gardens and homes in Port and Monterey and in her floral design business, which enhanced many weddings and other special occasions over the years. She was a leader and early driving force in the reclamation and beautification of Baxter’s Pond Park. She spearheaded the complete restoration and renovation of the old sanctuary in The Community Synagogue’s original “Chimneys” section. This chapel was the site of a memorial service for Carolyn Mandel on May 16.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years; sons, David (Kathie) of Wilton, CT, Jack (Tina Eck) of Cabin John, MD and Paul (India Wood) of Boulder, CO; brothers, Stephen and David Kiblinger; sister Katherine Gottschalk; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in her memory to the Baxter’s Pond Foundation, the Port Washington Library Foundation or The Carolyn & Maurice Mandel Scholarship Fund at the College of the University of Chicago.