Carolyn S. Arvidson

  • Died: January 12, 2017
  • Location: West Hartford, Connecticut

Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home

136 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

Tel. (860) 521-4400

Tribute & Message From The Family

ARVIDSON, Carolyn S. Carolyn Arvidson (née Short) died peacefully on January 12, 2017 after a short illness. She is survived by three daughters, Amy Arvidson of Seattle, Rebecca Kelly of Philadelphia, and Cadie Pruss of Kamiah, ID; their husbands Matt Geyman, Chris Kelly and Mike Pruss; and five grandchildren: Lauren, Grant and Cadence Kelly and Ben and Emily Geyman. She is also survived by two sisters, Marjorie Comstock of Poland, OH and Louise Knowlton of Kailua, HI. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 51 years, R. Regner Arvidson. Carolyn was born to Edna G. Short and William F. Short on December 17, 1930 in Hartford, CT. She graduated from Oxford School in West Hartford, CT in 1948 and from Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH in 1952. She later obtained a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Joseph's College in West Hartford. She taught elementary school, in Rochester, NY following graduation, and then traveled in Europe during a year teaching in Hamburg, Germany, before returning to West Hartford, where she married Regner Arvidson after a long courtship. She taught elementary school at King Phillip Elementary School and later taught preschool at the Jewish Community Center. She was active in First Church in West Hartford and many civic organizations and clubs. She supported Hartford's arts and culture scene, and she loved to play bridge. In retirement, she volunteered at Hands on Hartford and at Center Church in Hartford. A memorial service will be held on February 19, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at First Church of Christ, Hartford (Center Church), 60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT. Carolyn would wish her memory to be honored with contributions to Manna Assistance & Advocacy (memo line: Food Pantry), 55 Bartholomew Ave., Hartford,CT 06106 or The First Church of Christ, Hartford (memo line: Memorial Fund), 60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. For online condolences please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Becky, Kadie and Amy,

Tom and I were so shocked to learn of your mother's death. We had seen her twice in the fall and she looked amazing - as she always did. It sounded like the cancer moved so fast. Everyone was devastated. We are so sorry we were unable to attend the funeral. We send our love and prayers to all of you. She was an amazing woman and we be missed so much by so many.

Sally and Tom Tresselt

Posted by Sally and Tom Tresselt - WEst Hartford, CT - Neighbor   February 25, 2017

I was so sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. She was a valued & long time member of the West Hartford Garden Club & will be missed. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Susan Petty-Bailer - West Hartford, CT - Acquaintance   January 31, 2017

To The Family of Carolyn Arvidson

It was with sadness that we learned of Carolyn's passing in the Hartford Courant. She was a friend for so long,and she will be missed. It all seemed so sudden but now she's reunited with Reg. To live on in the hearts of those one leaves behind is not to die. Carolyn will live on always in the hearts of her famiily and many friends. We're thinking of you at this time of your great loss. With most sincere sympathy.
Gladys and Bob Dunn

Posted by Gladys and Bob Dunn - West Hartford, CT - Friend   January 21, 2017

Oh my dear Carolyn,
You went so suddenly i didn't get to say good bye or so long, but your memories will stay for ever in my heart. You and your husband Reg were so supportive of our food pantry at hands on Hartford, meeting you and working with both of you was such an honor , you were the light and hope of many families in Hartford and will never be forgotten, you will remain in our thoughts and heart for ever.
Rest in Peace now my friend,

Love- Rosa Santiago =Hands On Hartford

Posted by Rosa Santiago - West Hartford, CT - Friend   January 16, 2017

I have many fond memories of Carolyn and Reg as next door neighbors to our parents, Dee and Art Fay. Carolyn was always interested in what was news in our family, generous with her time and concern - especially as Mom and Dad aged, and always cheerful and a joy to visit with.
She will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers for her family, who I never met, but feel I came to know.

Posted by Susan FAy-Wilcox - Louisville, KY   January 15, 2017