On March 25, Carole Weaver-Linsner, PhD passed away from cancer at her
home in Sloatsburg with her husband and sons by her side. Anyone who had
the pleasure of meeting Carole knew she lit up the room with her warm smile,
welcoming words and vibrant spirit. A longtime supporter of the Friends of
Harmony Hall – Jacob Sloat House and wife of past president Kenneth Linsner,
Carole afforded the Friends her expertise in writing and fundraising, her time at
events, donated the material and installation of the kitchen sink and cabinetry
and her Estate is providing the funds for the much-needed foyer-grand staircase
archway restoration. She donned the most creative costumes at Haunted
Happenings and Victorian Holidays. Carole was a treasured friend to the Friends
of Harmony Hall and will be greatly missed.
She was born Carole Ann McKewin on October 28, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland
to Milton McKewin, a steamfitter and Jeanette (Dubiel) McKewin, a housewife
and department store salesperson.
She attended Baltimore’s Saint Ursula’s School, Catholic High School and
received a full scholarship to Mount Saint Agnes College (now part of Loyola
College) where she stood out as an award-winning actress and graduated Cum
Laude. In 2021, she received the Mount Award, the highest alumni award given
by her alma mater for her service to her community.
After getting her Masters in English from the University of Maryland, she taught
American military dependents for the University in among other places such as
Wiesbaden and Munich, Germany as well as Oxford, England before coming
home and earning her PhD.
After receiving her doctorate, she taught at the University of Delaware and Iona
College in New York. After many years in the classroom, she turned to
fundraising, first for Iona, then the College of New Rochelle and later for Sound
Shore Medical Center on Long Island.
One of her most satisfying and successful fundraising efforts was the ten years
she spent on behalf of the National Medical Fellowships, a non-profit sponsoring
qualified, underprivileged students to attend medical school.
Carole authored two books after she received her diagnosis: SIDE EFFECTS:
The Art of Surviving Cancer and PIES TO DIE FOR: How to Live a Vibrant Life
Despite a Fatal Diagnosis. Her vivid language and encouraging words
exemplified Carole’s love of life and the life she wanted for all those she met.
She was known for her sunny disposition, her dramatic wardrobe, her ability to
quote Shakespeare at the drop of a hat, her life-long love of thrift shops, her
singing, especially in her church choir, a Scotch before dinner and her
unconditional love for her family.
She is survived by her second husband Ken Linsner, an appraiser and art
historian, sons James Weaver, a film and television producer and David Weaver,
a film marketing executive, a grandson Mac (McKewin) Weaver, daughters-in-law
Kari and Carla, her stepdaughters Whitney and Lara and her beloved niece,
Katie. Her brother Vince McKewin, a long-time screenwriter, also survives her.
He always said his sister was the best writer in the family.
Carole liked to say one of the best times in her life was the six months she spent
teaching English Composition to American fighter pilots in Bermuda as part of
her overseas stint for University of Maryland. Fighter Pilots in Bermuda! – The
girl liked to party!