Carol Ann Tingwald Jalbert passed away January 31, 2017 in Danbury, CT. Carol was born in Des Moise, Iowa and lived and raised in Goshen, Indiana. Her parents were Arthur and Margaret (Blattel) Tingwald. One brother David pre deceased her. She has a brother Gregory living in Indianapolis as well as two nephews Scott and Brad Tingwald and their children.
She attended Purdue University, then moved to New York City where she was employed in various fields of the clothing industry. Later she worked for the New York City Economical Board. She married David Jalbert on April 8, 1961 and they purchased a brownstone house in Park Slope Brooklyn, which they did major renovations. On the side, Carol became a licensed real estate sales person.
They moved to their weekend house in Gaylordsville, CT. Carol purchased a small clothing store in Kent, CT, that was originally over the local hardware store. Over the years she changed the product line to more fashion styles. In 1978 she purchased a vintage (circa 1840) Colonial house on Main Street in Kent, renovated it and reopened Country Clothes in a larger space.
In the meantime, she also attended Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT, and obtained a bachelor degree in business. Carol was always involved in local fund raising issues such as the Kent House tour and raised funds to build the towns tennis courts.
Carol became a great advocate for cats. She was active in a number of volunteer cat shelters. In 1979 she started a spay and neuter program in Kent which would pay for the procedure if parties couldn’t afford it. She also spay and neutered all strays that would be adopted out of Country Clothes. Donations and contributions were given to Kent Kats that covered the medical cost.
Funeral services will take place at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Animal Welfare Society, 7 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.