, Newburyport, MA

September 11, 2013

Carolyn M. Arcisz

Newburyport — Carolyn M. Arcisz died peacefully early Thursday morning, September 5, at Kindred Brigham Manor. Formerly of Merrimac, she had also resided at the Elizabeth Calsey Home in Amesbury for five years.

Carolyn grew up in Worcester, Mass., and spent time in Connecticut as well, graduating from New Britain High School. She attended Becker Junior College in Worcester. She was the oldest living of six siblings.

Carolyn was employed by the Haverhill Police Department as principal clerk, and retired in 1986 after 28 years of service. Following her retirement, she had part-time jobs at the Haverhill Public Library and the former Hale Hospital. For many years, she was a member of the water aerobics class at the Newburyport YWCA.

Her family includes her two daughters, Lindy Davis and husband, Ed, and Gretchen Handerson and husband, Bob, all of Merrimac; her grandchildren, Lee-ann Willwerth and husband, Thomas, and Kimberly Gendron and husband, Ronald, all of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Eric Davis and wife, Heather, of Merrimac, Courtney Connolly and husband, Kevin, of Chicago, and Brett Handerson and wife, Olivia, of Pleasanton, Calif. She was the great grandmother to Bennett Strayton, Elorie and Caroline Willwerth, Claire and Charles Gendron, Shamus Mitchell, and Jack Davis, and Maisy, Emma and Nolan Connolly. Her oldest daughter, Dorothy Peterson passed away in 1987.

Carolyn will be missed by everyone she knew and cared about. She was loved by so many people due to her kind and caring personality.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Brigham Manor for the wonderful care she received over the last year and a half, but especially over the last two weeks.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relative and friends are invited to a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 14, at 1 p.m., at the Davis residence, 59 Highland Road, Merrimac. Burial will be private at later date.

Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill.

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