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Remembering Carol Czeiner

Carol's family and friends knew her as one of the smartest, most outgoing, kindest, and most generous people imaginable. She would do anything for anybody, at any time, in the most selfless manner.

Carol Hough Czeiner, 79, of Moorestown, New Jersey, died December 23, from complications of Parkinson's disease.

She was married for 46 years to Richard W. Czeiner with whom she shares a son, James W. Czeiner. Carol had three children from her first marriage, Melissa C. Hinkle, Cynthia C. Hough (deceased) and Kenneth A. Hough Jr. Carol was very proud of her children and took great pride in their accomplishments and achievements in life. Carol was born on May 4, 1941 to Grace MacArthur Hellings Burroughs and James Woodward Hellings in Camden, New Jersey. Her father James passed away when Carol was four years old and her mother Grace later married the poet Ben Burroughs with whom she had a daughter Ellen Burroughs Van Leuven Johnson (deceased). Carol is a 1959 graduate of Haddonfield High School following which she attended Southern Methodist University, the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art. In 1963 Carol married Kenneth A. Hough Sr. (deceased) with whom she had three children. In 1968, she moved with her family to Europe for four years, living first in Holland and then in England. Carol loved Europe and made eight trans-Atlantic crossings during her lifetime on some of the great ocean liners of the day including the SS United States, the France, the Rotterdam, and the QE2. After overcoming her fear of flying she returned to Europe on several occasions over the years, including travelling there for a summer with her younger son James, visiting friends in Holland, and again to visit her daughter working in London, and later for the marriage of her stepson Scott Czeiner in Austria and to visit Prague, Venice and Florence and relatives in Hungary. Following Carol's marriage to Richard in December of 1974 and the birth of their son James in January 1976, Carol joined forces with others who shared her interest in health and nutrition and started an organic food co-op, one of the first of its kind in the region. She continued to pursue her interest in wellness and ethical eating throughout her lifetime and developed a wealth of information and knowledge in a wide variety of topics related to natural healing and nutrition. She travelled the country studying and learning from the foremost leaders in the field. In 1978, Carol suffered the sudden and tragic death of her daughter Cindy at just 12 years old. This loss forever changed Carol's view on life and after a year of recovery and moving into a new home in Moorestown she dedicated most of her time and efforts into developing the musical talents of her younger son, James, who is an accomplished violinist. She traveled twice weekly to The Juilliard School in New York City where James was a student, and accompanied him every summer to The Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, CO from 1989-2002. Carol had a great musical ear, loved classical music, and was a lifelong supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, enjoying decades of concerts and performances with her family and friends in attendance. In 1996, she adopted her first Great Dane and her love of the breed began. She went on to own and show Harlequin Great Danes for the next 20 years. She and Richard travelled with their dogs to shows throughout the United States and were invited to show twice at the National Dog Show in Oaks, Pennsylvania and twice at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. Her most recent Dane, Eleanor of Aquitaine, became a champion show dog and was also her beloved pet, Angelina (her call name). One of the greatest joys of her later life was the birth of her daughter Melissa's first child and Carol's first grandchild, Grace MacArthur Hinkle, in January of 2005. Carol spent the next 5 years visiting Grace in New York City and helping to care for her on a weekly basis, taking her to art and music classes, the zoo, Central Park, and being the best Oma possible. Her joy in being a grandmother doubled following the birth of Cynthia Carol Hinkle in April of 2008. As their Oma, she always had words of wisdom, great stories, and life lessons to share with Grace and Cindy, as well as plenty of chocolates and books. Following James' marriage to Krystyana Chelminski in 2013, Carol was blessed with three more grandchildren. First, Henry James Czeiner in 2015 and then twins, Viktoria Hope Czeiner and Mikaela Helena Czeiner in 2018. Her children and grandchildren provided her with great joy and comfort in the later years of her life. If contemplating a gift in Carol's honor, please consider Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY, an organization Carol loved, supported and whose rescued animals she loved to visit.

Or alternatively, to make a gift to the Fellowship Community in honor of Carol Czeiner please visit A full memorial service will be held on her birthday, May 4, 2021, or on such later date, as necessary, when it is safe to gather. Updates regarding the memorial service will be posted on Facebook.


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