Carolyn Salminen
Carolyn Salminen

Obituary of Carolyn Salminen

Milton – Carolyn A. Salminen, 70, died peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, March 28, 2017, following a nearly year-long battle against ovarian cancer, with her loving family by her side.

Carolyn was born on April 18, 1946 in Greenport, New York, the daughter of William Adams Jr. and Carolyn (Morrell) Adams.

On June 27, 1969, she married her college sweetheart, Karlo Salminen, in Greenport, NY.

In July of 1969, she and Karlo moved to Milton, which she has called home ever since.

In addition to Karlo, her family includes, daughter Anna Wellman and her husband Army SFC Matthew Wellman of Clarksville, TN., her son Matti Salminen of Brattleboro, VT, her beloved grandchildren Elaina, Lauren and Wyatt, and her brother John and his wife Marilyn “ Mac ” Adams of North Truro, MA . She was predeceased by her parents and her brother William “Billy” Adams.

She graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State College. Carolyn enjoyed a 26 year long career as an educator, primarily in the Milton School District. She will be remembered by her first graders as being the Queen of earrings, wearing those that matched the theme of what she was teaching that day. Carolyn loved volunteering at the Family Center, and singing with the church worship team, with Karlo at nursing homes, and with her oldies band, “Bobby and the Retrotones”. Most of all though, she loved her family, her children and her grandchildren.

A Celebration Service will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Noon at the New Life Christian Fellowship, located on Center Drive in Milton, following the service, there will be a gathering to share food and memories at the Eagles Club, next to New Life.

Carolyn has requested that attendees wear their most joyous purple attire! She would like for us all to celebrate her life with as much happiness as we can muster.

She has also requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or to the UVM Cancer Center, Eleanor B. Daniels Fund, c/o UVM Medical Center Foundation, Mailstop 363 UVM, 111 Colchester, Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.