, Salem, MA

April 14, 2014

Carolyn S. (Smith) Tiihonen, 77

Peabody — Carolyn S. (Smith) Tiihonen, 77, beloved wife of Desmond Tiihonen, died peacefully at her home on Sunday April 13, 2014, while in the comforting presence of her family.

Born in Sumter, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Evelyn (Boykin) Smith. She grew up and attended schools there, and met her husband while working as a civilian at Shaw Air Force Base.

Mrs. Tiihonen moved north to the Boston area, settling in Peabody, where she had lived for the last 50 years. She graduated from North Shore Community College. She loved her profession as a nurse with the Outpatient Surgi-Center of Salem Hospital.

Carolyn enjoyed dance, and had many fond memories with her husband square dancing with the Lancers Square Dance Club. She loved being outdoors, and tending as a gardener growing roses. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, and she will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Desmond Tiihonen of Peabody, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage; three daughters, Susan Jacobson of Litchfield, N.H., Cynthia “Cindy” Vondenhuevel and her husband, John, of Titusville, Fla., and Pamela Silva and her husband, John, of Beverly; 11 grandchildren, Brian, Nicholas, and Allison Silva, Sarah, Kimberly, Laura, and Daniel Jacobson, and Emily, Ryan, Rachael, and Kyle Vondenhuevel; one great-granddaughter, Addison Pittman; two sisters, Betty Jo Macdonald and her husband, Donald, of Melbourne, Fla., and Evelyn Garrison and her husband, Lawrence, of San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Patricia Smith of Lexington, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death, besides her parents, by a brother, Benjamin Smith.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m., from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m., in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinsons Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-477,7 or to the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 325

Bethesda, MD 20817. Please visit for her obituary and to sign condolences.