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Carol Ann Seals / November 28, 2017

Carol Ann Seals (nee Fazio), widow of William Henry Seals, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at the age of 73. She was born in New York City, on June 12, 1944 to the late Mary Elizabeth Fazio (nee Cesare) and Nicholas Cono Fazio. Carol was a graduate of Newark State Teachers College and received masters degrees from George Washington University and Gallaudet University.

She began her career in the education of the deaf before spending 20 years as a first grade teacher for Arlington County Public Schools. After retiring to Clarksville, she volunteered with the Lake Country SPCA, Relay for Life and Project Care For. Carol attended Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

Cherishing her memories are sons Matthew Seals (Katrina Fuller) of Atlanta, and Travis Seals (Amanda) of Charlottesville, grandchildren Becket Seals, Mary Wren Seals and Evangeline Seals; sisters Dorothy Kramer of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Margaret Palko of Eidson, Tenn., and brother Thomas Fazio of Akron, Ohio.

In addition to her husband and parents, Carol was preceded in death by brother Nicholas Fazio.

A Catholic Mass will be said Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Rogelio Largoza will officiate.

The family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 1 from 6–7:30 p.m. at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church; Lake Country SPCA, P.O. Box 14, Clarksville, VA 23927; or Gallaudet University.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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