Carol S. (Schroeder) Knapton

  • Died: June 5, 2018
  • Location: Needham, Massachusetts

Eaton Funeral Home

1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Tel. (781) 444-0201

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carol S. Knapton, 86, of Needham, beloved wife of David A. Knapton, passed away on June 5, 2018. Born in Newton, MA, to Rev. Louis Clarence and Emma Johannaber Schroeder, Carol was a resident of Needham for more than sixty years. She earned her bachelor's degree at Oberlin College, and later a master's degree in English literature at Boston University. Carol taught English in the Lakeview Ohio public school system before her marriage, and in later years, taught English at the Kingsley School in Boston. She served as a professor of English as a Second Language at Bentley, Lasell, Babson, Boston College, Lesley, and BU. She also was a journalist for the Needham Times and The Patriot Ledger. Carol was active in the League of Women Voters and Friends of the Needham Public Library, as well as a vocal and influential champion of civil rights and the environment. Carol was a lively conversationalist, passionate in her beliefs, an arts aficionado, and had a wonderful and witty sense of humor. Carol loved to swim, garden and play word games. Carol is survived by her husband David; her four children: Paul Knapton of Malden; Sally K. Schroeder of Tempe, AZ; Emily Knapton Chang of So. Salem, NY; and Cheryl Toler of Swampscott; two grandchildren: Aubrey and Bobby Chang; and her sister, Emily Scroggs of Bridgewater. On Wednesday, August 22 at 2 p.m., a memorial service will be held at First Parish in Needham Unitarian - Universalist, 23 Dedham Ave, Needham, MA, with a private burial for family prior. Memorial contributions may be made in Carol S. Knapton's name to the Alzheimer's Association.