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Longtime Scrabbler Jean Carol has died (entered December 5, 2011)

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There’s a big hole in the Scrabble (copyright til you die) community of Cincinnati and the United States today. Jean Carol, who recently was forced to moved from Cincinnati to a nursing home in Rochester, NY, has died. I miss her. She was an excellent player and you could always tell (except when she was losing) that she she knew it and was proud of it. Like a lot of Scrabble (copyright til yu die) folk, Jean was proudful as was repeatedly demonstrated during her early years when she hesitated to suck up to those of us with ratings that didn’t quite meet her 1600 requirement. Well I remember the day she walked up to me giving me the once over in her shy-but-n0t-shy way. Once I passed the test, though, we were tight buddies. I’ll miss her mixing the tiles so loudly your ears were in danger …. along with her mantra “Mix Mix Mix Mix Mix Mix…..

Jean A. Carol

Carol, Jean A.

Rochester, N.Y.: November 12, 2011. Predeceased by her parents, Florence and Jonas Carol. Survived by her sister, Mary Lou Heilman (Alfred); brother, Robert W. Carol (Sakila); nieces, Shannon M. Heilman (Dominic Lazara), Katie Heilman, and Vrinda Carol; nephew, Govinda Carol (Lila); sister-in-law, Marie McGill; and great nephews, Andrew Lazara and Aaron Lazara; and great niece, Jamuna Carol.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jean was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Jean taught instrumental music in Montgomery County, Maryland, and then to generations of students in the Northwest School District in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. In addition to her musical talents on the French horn and with all stringed instruments, Jean had a great facility for languages and studied Russian and traveled to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, learned French at the Alliance Française in Paris, and mastered Spanish in Mexico City and at the University of Cincinnati. Ranked as the top player in the state of Ohio for many years, Jean was also a nationally ranked championship Scrabble player and inveterate traveler who especially enjoyed Scrabble cruises, including to the Galapagos Islands, through the Panama Canal, to Australia and New Zealand, to Scandinavia, and to the Greek Islands.

The Family is grateful to Jean’s loving and faithful friends, Nancy Huppertz and Lonna Smith, who worked tirelessly to support and help Jean following her strokes; companions Deborah Elliot and Susan Gentry at Cedar Village, companions Susan Farber and Kay Moskowitz and caregivers at the Jewish Home, 6NE. Jean’s warmth, generosity, wisdom, and zeal for life will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WVXU Public Radio (, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214, or to Heifer International (, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at White Haven Memorial Park in All Seasons Chapel Gathering Room, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534.


Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from November 15 to December 1, 2011

Written by frankieleeee

December 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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