Carol Sisson Freeman died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on the morning of Monday, May 13, 2019, at 93 years of age. Carol was pre-deceased by her parents, Walter Coffin Sisson of Potsdam, NY, and Ruth Griffith Sisson of Ilion, NY, and her sister, Sylvia Sisson Hart (Polly). She is survived by her brothers, Joseph Sisson and Walter Sisson, Jr. (Pete). She leaves behind her husband of 71 years, William Freeman (Bill), plus their children and families: Lisa and Stephen Sarfaty, son Joseph and daughter-in-law Lisa; Polly Rua and Chester Yee, son Luca Rua; William Freeman Jr. (Bill) and Alicia Dolce, daughter Perri and son Pierce; and Amy and Brian Johnson, son Kiran and daughter Tula.
Carol was born at home in Potsdam, NY, on June 16, 1925. She grew up in Potsdam and at Oak Point in Hammond, NY, where her family had built a summer home that the extended family now owns and occupies. She attended Wheelock College, graduating in 1947 with a degree in Elementary Education. She was married to Bill on July 12, 1947. They moved to Northfield, OH, in 1954, where they lived until 1994. Carol taught first grade at Northfield Elementary School for many years, retiring in 1993. She loved teaching and was chosen as Teacher of the Year twice. After retiring, Carol and Bill moved to their home at Oak Point full-time. From 2014-2017, they summered at Oak Point and wintered in Madison, CT, near their children. The last three years of Carol’s life were spent living full-time in Madison and New Haven, CT, although she and Bill were able to spend time at their beloved home at Oak Point each summer.
In addition to teaching, Carol loved to sing and perform, which she did with the Sweet Adelines for many years, singing bass in the Greater Cleveland Chorus (OH) and Acapella North (NY). She also loved to travel and went on many trips with her Northfield Elementary School and Sweet Adelines friends. Carol maintained her playful nature throughout her life. She was, often, the life of the party. She found people fascinating and engaged with them whenever possible, even in her last months at the Mary Wade Home (her last residence), making friends with many of the employees there, who mourned her passing.
A memorial service for Carol will be held on Saturday, July 6, 11:15 a.m., at the Acorn at Oak Point in Hammond, NY, with a reception following at Carol’s and Bill’s home, Birch Cottage, 17 Ferguson Drive, Hammond, NY.