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Kay F. (Prebensen) Carroll

Family & friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass at 11 am, on Saturday, January 10th in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere, for Kay F. (Prebensen) Carroll, who died on Monday, December 29th at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester following a long illness. Kay was born & raised in Cambridge. She was educated there and attended & graduated from St. John’s High School. Kay biggest pleasure in Life was being a mother, she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She is the loving mother of Esther M. Vatalaro of Winthrop, Andrea E. Vatalaro, Maryellen Vatalaro both of Everett & Paul Vatalaro of SC, and the late Wendy M. Strauss & Alan J. Vatalaro. Cherished grandmother of Anthony, Rickey, Khyle, Christopher, Sara, Tristan, Dante & Eli. She is the beloved sister of  Eileen T. Prebensen of IL & the late Josephine Concannon. She is the adored great grandmother of Ahryanah & Domenik. She is the beloved wife of the late Joseph Vatalaro & David Carroll. Kay was part of a very dear & special extended Family, the many Children, families & co – workers of the Boston Higashi School.. Kay is a 25 year employee at the Higashi School. She had a profound passion about her association there. Interment is Private.  In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to: Boston Higashi School,Development Office,800 North Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368 or Maryknoll Sisters,P. O. Box 311,Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311.


Memorial Funeral Service

Saturday, January 10th at 11 a.m, in St. Anthony of Padua Church (250 Revere St. Revere)



 In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to: Boston Higashi School,Development Office,800 North Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368

or Maryknoll Sisters,P. O. Box 311,Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311


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  1. Rilke Kolwiate
    Jan 24 2018

    I miss you so much Kay!!!! Everyone of my birthdays I wish you were here. I´m so glad i could see you before you died. I love you so much!! I pray everyday!! I know you told me not to cry but i just wish you were here for me.

  2. Susan Scialoia
    Apr 30 2015

    Aunt Kay:

    It’s been 4 months since you have passed. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem possible. I find myself still picking up the phone or wanting to facebook you about Kimberly having her 1st baby. I know you would of been excited and happy for her.

    My Mom and I miss you terribly, I can’t imagine how tough it is for my
    Mom because she always spoke to you, at least once a week, I know she misses you terribly and is having a tough time with it. She always felt like you were a sister to her, not a sister-in-law.

    We love you Aunt Kay and miss you. Tell my Dad we said Hi and we Love him. When you see Michael, tell him the same.

    May you now reset in peach pain free and fly like an angel.

    Dance with my Dad, he would really love that.

    Love Sue and Carmella.

  3. John (Jack) Gorrell & family
    Jan 10 2015

    Kay was a great person & fun to be around when she was always @ my mother in law ( Carmelia Scialia) could always tell some good stories about the family.She was always there for you or anybody around her. She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace & watch over her family and friends. Love Jack Gorrell & family

  4. The Kolwaite Family
    Jan 9 2015

    Our love goes out to Kay’s family and friends and especially to Kay. We know you’re up there Kay–We hope you have a big candy jar to pass out goodies!! We truly and deeply thank Kay for all her dedication, friendship and love (and sense of humor!!) A cornerstone of Higashi and our lives–we will truly miss our Weymouth Grandma!!

    Love and Prayers–Aya, John, Ethan Bodhi and Rilke

  5. Ray and Janet Murphy
    Jan 7 2015

    Our deepest sympathy to Kay’s family. Kay was a wonderful person to all and especially she loved all the children at Boston Higashi School.
    We are parents at BHS and we are sincerely sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace . She was always great to see on your arrival and pick up for our daughter at school. She always had a smile on her face and always willing to give a helping loving hand. She will be truly missed by all .
    With deepest sympathy,
    Ray and Janet Murphy

  6. Marilou Wilkinson
    Jan 6 2015

    My heartfelt condolences to Kay’s family on the passing of this vivacious woman who always told it like it was, like it or not! I hope the wonderful memories you shared together will provide you great comfort during this difficult time. May her spirit live on through all of you.

  7. Boston Higashi School
    Jan 6 2015

    The staff and students at Boston Higashi School extend our sincere condolences to all of Kay’s family from our hearts to yours. She will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.

    With gratitude for 22 years of exemplary service,
    Boston Higashi School

  8. joyce j.jones
    Jan 6 2015

    Sending condolences to Kay’s family…..
    And to her sister who I know quite well Eileen Prebensen…

  9. joyce j.jones
    Jan 6 2015

    Streaming thoughts of Love/Light and Joy…that you Kay are where we will all be in time..enjoying the Peace/Love/Light and Joy of ALL that IS..
    Rest in Peace and Enjoy the Love/Light and Joy…

  10. Margo Newcomb
    Jan 5 2015

    What a lady, so true. I will always remember her strength.
    RIP Kaye, love always your friend who misses you so much

  11. Miho Yasumura Maemori
    Jan 5 2015

    I express condolences.
    She was the staff who was really splendid for us and was an adviser and was existence like mother.
    I miss Kay so much.
    I pray for there being her happily at the next place.

    Love you forever. Miho Yasumura Maemori

  12. Cheryl Begnal
    Jan 4 2015

    I met Kay at the Boston Higashi School, and it was a true delight to chat with her when I picked “my” Andrea up on Fridays. She would tell me about ” her ” Andrea and the rest of her family. I loved her upbeat, tell it like it is attitude. I am grateful for her friendship and the kindness she showed my daughter by saving her magazines for the ride home. She made that Friday pick up and drive special for both of us.

    With sympathy,
    Cheryl Begnal

  13. Mark & Lisa Burgess, Jamie & Dakota
    Jan 4 2015

    Thinking of her family at this most difficult time. May your memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Kay will be so missed as she touched the hearts of all who knew her. Her spirit will always be a part of the Boston Higashi School and the many children who blessed to know the lady with candy dish. Rest in peace, dear sweet friend. We are better people for having you as a part of our lives for the past 15 years. xo

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