Carol Jacobusse Hahnfeld March 7, 1945 - March 2, 2021

Carol Jacobusse Hahnfeld, of Milton, Massachusetts, passed away on March 2, 2021.  The cause was non-Covid pneumonia.

Carol grew up in Holland, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan and Hope College, where she met her husband of Fifty-Two years, John Hahnfeld, who also attended Hope. Following her graduation from Hope College in June of 1968, she and John married and moved briefly to State College Pennsylvania, where John attended graduate school, and Carol worked in an entomology lab at Pennsylvania State University.  In 1970 the Hahnfelds moved to Quincy, Carol taking a job in a cancer research lab at M.I.T., and John a teaching position at Curry College.  They moved to Milton in 1972, living first on the campus of Curry College for four years, before buying a house on Blue Hill Terrace in 1976.

In 1980 Carol left her job at M.I.T. in order to devote herself full-time to raising and home schooling their daughter, Rachel.  After her daughter moved to North Carolina in 2000, Carol became active as Treasurer and then Manager of the Milton Community Food Pantry, Manager and Co-Manager of the Milton Farmers Market, and Co-Manager of the Milton Public Library Used Bookstore.

Carol believed strongly in giving back to the community that had offered so many benefits to her family over the years.  While somewhat shy and not always comfortable in formal meeting settings, she worked hard to help make the various enterprises in which she participated successful and useful to the population of our town.

Carol leaves behind her husband John, of Milton, and her daughter Rachel of Newport, North Carolina, as well as her grandchildren, Landon Preswood, and Aislynn Dona Rose Hahnfeld, both of Newport, N.C.; also her brothers David Jacobusse, of Riverdale, Georgia; Lloyd Jacobusse, of Walnut Creek, California; and Steven Jacobusse, of Bangkok, Thailand.

Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to: the Milton Library Foundation, P.O. Box 314, Milton, MA 02186 or the Women’s Lunch Place, P.O. Box 170900, Boston, MA 02117, would be greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Keeley says

    Condolences to John, Rachel, and all of Carol’s family. I am very sorry for your loss, Carol was a lovely woman with a lovely family.

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    elise brink says

    Dear John and Family

    Carol was a wonderful and kind person and we spent a lot of time at the Milton Farmers’ Market together. I wish you and your family my sad condolences. Even though I have moved away, I think of Carol often and her thoughtful way of taking care of any issue that came along. She was one of the good ones you like to meet along the way.

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    Laurie Picot Flaherty says

    John and Rachel I can’t even begin to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of Carol. Thank you for sharing the wonderful words written in her memory. She was such a beautiful soul. I am grateful to have known her. I love you both

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    Gordon J Bosch says

    With deepest sympathy to John, Rachel and family and to Carol’s brothers Dave, Lloyd and Steve. I know Carol will be missed. Seems like a long road since we were cousins together growing up in Holland, MI. Such fun times.The fond memories of Carol you all have will help bridge this tough time. We are thinking of you and praying for you all that you will get some comfort from each other in the weeks ahead. Gordon and Karen Bosch

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    Marion and Joe McEttrick says

    John and Rachel, we were so very sorry to hear that Carol has passed away.
    She was a thoughtful and compassionate neighbor and good friend us, our children and our grandchildren for more than 40 years, and contributed so much to the Town. We will miss her very much.

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    Kathy McDonald & Don McCaffrey says

    We were so sorry to see Carol’s obituary. It was not long after we moved to Milton that the Farmer’s Market started and we would see her there every week. She was always involved in important things like the library and the food pantry. She leaves Milton a better place because of her work. Our condolences.

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Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to:

The Milton Library Foundation
P.O. Box 314
Milton, MA 02186


The Women’s Lunch Place
P.O. Box 170900
Boston, MA 02117