Carol Van Alstyne, 81

Carol Virginia Van Alstyne, of Wilton, died peacefully in her home, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. She was 81. She was the wife of the late Peter R. Van Alstyne who died in 2005.

Born Nov. 18, 1931 in Providence, R.I., she was a daughter of the late Carl O.M. Carlson and Harriet Newman Carlson. She earned her bachelor of arts in psychology in 1953 from Colby College. She started graduate studies at Brown University before moving to New York City to work for Redbook Magazine. In New York, she met her husband of 48 years, Peter Van Alstyne. They moved to Wilton, in 1958, building a house where she lived until her death.

In Wilton, she was an accomplished real estate broker, working for Realty Seven for over 30 years. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and most recently the Wilton Garden Club. In addition, she was a member of the board of the Wilton Bank.

“Carol was an avid tennis player. She loved all animals and deeply enjoyed watching the wildlife that inhabited the fields and woods surrounding her home,” her family said. “She enjoyed poetry and was a frequent participant in many of the exceptional programs hosted by the Wilton Library. She also was a dedicated alumna of Colby College, venturing frequently to class reunions with her close friends as well as annually raising donations through her classmates.”

She is survived by four children and their spouses: Kristen Lessard, her husband Brian and their children Samuel and Katie of North Andover, Mass.; Deedee Van Alstyne and her children Adam and Toby Riffle of Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; Peter Van Alstyne, his wife Rosemary Halligan and their children Jane and Natalie of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Susan Van Alstyne, her husband David Lechner and their children Cailen and Evan of Cherry Hill, N.J.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., at The Wilton Presbyterian Church, 43 New Canaan Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.