Carolyn Keyes Navaldine, 91, formerly of Canton
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Carolyn Keyes Nevaldine, 91, former Canton resident, died October 22, 2012 in Palm Harbor Florida.

She was born in Schenectady. She graduated from high school in Orchard Park, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State Teacher’s College. Carolyn went to Canton in 1946 to teach at what was then ATI, now SUNY Canton. In 1947 she married Peter Nevaldine, then chairman of the Industrial Division at the college. During her years in Canton, Carolyn also taught at the Herman-DeKalb High School and at St. Lawrence University.

She was active with the Hospital Guild, the Red Cross, the Canton Library Board, the Girl Scouts, and the Canton Presbyterian Church. Known especially for her gingerbread cookies and coffee rings, Carolyn was an accomplished baker whose goodies were the first to sell out at bake sales. In 1990, she and Peter became permanent residents of Florida, where she was a Hospice volunteer, active with the Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor and in her community.

Carolyn loved the natural world, playing bridge, gardening, traveling, sewing and needlework, painting, cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays, and watching March Madness. Fun-loving and social, Carolyn always appreciated adventures, many of which she instigated.

Carolyn was predeceased by her husband in 1995. Surviving her and missing her are daughters Anne, Linda and husband Bob Feldman, and Angela and partner Barry Hecht, as well as a lifetime collection of dear friends of all ages.

Services were held in Palm Harbor Florida on October 25, 2012. Burial will take place in Canton in the spring of 2013. Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Presbyterian Church or the Peter Nevaldine Scholarship Fund at SUNY Canton.

Arrangements are with the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Condolences may be sent by visiting