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OBITUARY: Caroline Zayka, 77

BOLTON–Carolyn A. (Smith) Zayka, 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 surrounded by family at her home in Laconia, NH.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Nicholas Zayka; their three daughters, Anne Kristine Onorato & husband Michael of Bolton; Karen Zayka of Norwood, NY; and Kelly Wendler & husband Steven of Bolton; her brother, Paul Smith of Clinton; her adoring grandchildren: Bradley Spilios, Alexander Spilios, Nichole Izzo, Nicholas Favreau, Allen Favreau, Joshua Wendler, and Rachel Wendler; great-grandchildren: Jolaina, Nevaeh, Camron, Alexander, Jr., Leila, Morgan, Aiden, Grace, Andrew, Angelina, Gabriella, and Beau; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends. 

Daughter of the late Donald & Anna Mae (Gustafson) Smith, Carolyn was raised in Bolton, attended Hudson High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Nashoba Regional High School, Class of 1962.  In addition to raising her family, Carolyn worked in the cafeteria at the Emerson School and was a long time election warden for the Town of Bolton.  She was a woman of great faith and devout member of the First Federated Church in Hudson, MA, and Weirs United Methodist Church in Laconia, NH.  Carolyn served her faith communities in various capacities, notably as a long time Sunday School teacher, Deaconess, Pioneer Girl leader, choir member, and church fair volunteer.  Carolyn and Nick enjoyed retirement years at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee, where she gracefully hosted and loved to entertain family and friends.  Carolyn will be most remembered as the loving, caring, kind, and selfless matriarch of her family, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. 

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 10AM-12PM with a funeral service at 12PM in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton.  Burial will follow in West Cemetery, Bolton.  Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carolyn Zayka to: Weirs United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5268, Laconia, NH 03246 or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 13770 Noel Rd., Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380.  Online condolences may be placed at