Carol A. Mead, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 16, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by her family. Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Edmond J. and Edna Frances (Horgan) Mead.
Carol grew up in Wenham and was a graduate of St. Cretienne Academy in Salem, Class of 1951. She attended and graduated with a B. Music degree from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in White Plains, N.Y., in 1955. She loved spending summers in Gilmanton I.W., N.H., with her family. When she first moved to Manchester in the 1950s, she sang with the Mascanotes, but was best known as a local vocal performer. Carol was an active member and choir director at Sacred Heart Church in Manchester for many years, later becoming a member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms. Carol taught music at both Brookwood School and much later in her 70s at the Shore Nursery School. Carol was a talented singer and composer, who also took great joy and pride in teaching voice, guitar, and piano privately. She was a loving and caring person with a huge heart.
Carol is survived by her son, Adrian DiNapoli of Gloucester and his father, Roger DiNapoli of Manchester; one sister, Faith C. Bertrand of Wenham; her loving niece, Hope McKenna Sanford of Essex; her two grandchildren, Matthew DiNapoli and Jason Lefenfeld; her daughter-in-law, Sandra Lefenfeld of Charlotte, N.C.; several other nephews and nieces from California to Washington, D.C. She was predeceased by her son, Mark DiNapoli; and siblings, Edmond J., Donald P., Robert E. and Peter M. Mead, also Ellen M. Eblan, Edna F. “Polly” McKenna and Janice M. Hughes.
A memorial service will be held at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly Farms on Friday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A reception will be held immediately following the memorial service in the church hall. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Carol’s Memory to Children Singing For Children, care of Salem Five Bank (any branch). Carol founded this organization in the late 1990s and until her health prevented her doing so, they raised $26,000 in just five annual Christmas concerts to aid children both locally and globally. Carol urged her sister to reactivate the group in 2015 as a cable television production. The fund is still active. These funds will be divided equally and sent to the two groups that Carol chose as beneficiaries in the fall of 2015. Donations can also be sent to Anthony Weller, Carol’s guitar teacher at . Information, directions and condolences at .