Carolyn Krysteen (Cole) Reynard
August 6, 1934 - .April 18, 2023
Poughkeepsie, New York
As a younger brother (Richard) my sis had a big influence on me. But I was no match for her talent as an artist. Chester Gould was in his heyday and sis just had to make her own drawings of Gould's Dick Tracy characters and, I might add, a few of her own creations. Carolyn followed her art through a Bachelor's degree (Magna cum Laude) at The University of Wichita and a master's scholarship at the U of Ohio at Athens. Not bad for a kid who was advised that she wasn't college material.
While studying in Ohio, she met and married Robert Bruce Reynard. That was the beginning of an odyssey including The Devereux School (Santa Barbara, Ca.), New York towns inc., Watertown, Copenhagen, Oswego, Wappingers Falls and finally, Poughkeepsie. Also, after her divorce, she taught in Florida.
Upon retiring, Carolyn kept busy traveling to places like Newfoundland, Labrador and the West. Taking a nod from our dad, she adopted his love of geology. Carolyn became an avid collector of gems and minerals; So much so that she eventually became the President of The Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Society. Even then, she kept busy with her art and her last endeavor centered on portraits in oil of notable inventors.
Through it all, Carolyn found friends. In my estimation, friends enrich life, which made her rich beyond description.
Eventually smoking took its toll, and almost constant use of oxygen became necessary. At the end she was hospitalized where she succumbed to complications of the lungs. I miss her.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil B. and Krysteen (Cooper) Cole, and a brother, Virgil C. (Jack) Cole of Sedona, AZ. The last survivor is Richard B. (JuRie) Cole of Wichita, Ks.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 11th at 12pm at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, 342 South Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Please visit Carolyn’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.