Carol Stoveken

Carol Ann Stoveken

Monday, October 29th, 1951 - Monday, August 19th, 2019
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Carol Ann Stoveken, of San Diego, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 at her home after a life well lived. Carol was born in Bridgeport, CT in Oct 1951, and resided in Fairfield and Newtown, CT. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1974, and received Masters from Brock University, Ontario in 1993.

She discovered in the late 1990’s that the bad fever she had as an eight year old was polio. She had many adventures in life, over 250 scuba dives, two African safaris, travel across both Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. It never slowed her down.

Once out of university she developed a Horticultural Therapy program at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, CT. She then went on to be a croupier on Carnival Cruise lines Mardi-Gras. Then to Holyoke/Greenfield, MA where she was a DUI instructor/counselor and developed peer education programs in the local high schools.

She married John Stoveken in 1983, with her two bunnies, and moved to Canada to start her own Alcohol Education and Awarness program working with court ordered clients.

She is survived by her husband, John Stoveken, a sister, Gail Link and a brother, Kurt Becker.

There will be two celebrations of life held for her. One at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla CA on 22-Sept, and a second at Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT on 26-Oct-2019. Donations in her name can be made to Planned Parenthood, the House Rabbit Society or a local humane society/animal shelter.
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Posted at 04:08pm
I will never forget Carol working in the garden at Fairfield Hills with the clients. She encouraged them to be hands on doing something few of them had ever done. She lobbied for a small greenhouse and managed to get it funded so the work could be year round. When all the crops were in, she was able to get the kitchen staff to let us cook a meal with the clients so they could enjoy the fruits of their labors. They were so proud. Carol was a formidable force for those who could not represent themselves. I miss her. Barbara

Gaynell Schenck

Posted at 02:26pm
John, my condolences on Carol's passing. I know how much she loved her Mondays at the Aquarium. She will be missed. Sincerely, Gaynell Schenck

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