Carol A. (Vachon) Zalis

  • Born: May 4, 1929
  • Died: December 1, 2019
  • Location: Derry, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carol A. Zalis, 90, of Derry, passed away on December 1, 2019 at Elliot Hospital, after a lengthy illness
Born May 4, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Helen A. (Priest) Vachon. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College and her Master's degree from UNH. Carol was an English teacher at West High School and a German and Latin teacher at Central High School for many years.
Surviving family members include her loving husband of 47 years, Joseph E. Zalis; two children, Joan and Mark Perry; two grandchildren, Kristin and Jason Labay; one brother, Philip Vachon; three sisters, Susan L'italien, Mary Vachon, and Ann Coney; many nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by one brother, Francis Vachon.
SERVICES: There will be no calling hours and services are private. Memorial donations in Carol's memory may be made to: New Horizons of NH, 199 Manchester St., Manchester, NH 03103.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My memories of Carol are wonderful. She was a devoted teacher, respected colleague, and devoted friend. Her commitment to her students was legendary. In later years, she swam with my aunt, again revealing her compassion and kindness. Please know you all have my very deepest sympathy.

Posted by Selma Naccach-Hoff - Manchester, NH - Coworker   December 09, 2019

Carol's intelligence and quiet humor brightened our knitting guild meetings. We'll miss you, Carol. Rest in peace.

Posted by Monica Cataldo - Derry, NH   December 08, 2019

All our love, hugs and prayers for Joe and all the family mourning the loss of Carol. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. We met at the credit union and then enjoyed our stops in the driveway to talk while walking our dogs. Carol and Joe offered much love and support during a very dark time in our lives. I hope that all the family can feel our love and prayers for all of them now.

Posted by Diane & David Breeden - Derry, NH   December 06, 2019

One of those teachers who really left an impression upon her students. She told us "your education is the one thing no one can ever take away from you." Rest in peace, Mrs. Z.

Posted by Amy Murphy - Deerfield, NH   December 04, 2019

My sympathies to the family of Frau Zalis. She was a dedicated teacher and an amazing person! One of the few teachers that made an impact on me at CHS. She will be missed.

Posted by Doreen Lewis - York, ME   December 03, 2019

I enjoyed her German class at Central High. My sympathies to her family. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Melody McKinstrie - Manchester, NH   December 03, 2019

Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Joan. Know that I'm thinking of you and your family...

Posted by Dottie Camerato - Manchester, NH   December 03, 2019

HS freshman Latin teacher 72-73. Delightful lady, glad to see she had a long life

Posted by Sue Robinson - MI   December 03, 2019

Goodbye Aunt Carol

Posted by Jeff Vachon - St. Charles, MO - Family   December 03, 2019

Rest in peace Frau Zalis, I fondly remember you and your devotion to your students. You will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have you as their teacher.

Posted by Gregg Blanchard - Manchester, NH - Student   December 03, 2019

My sincerest condolences to your family. Frau Zalis was my all time favorite teacher at Central. She will be missed!

Posted by Michelle Simmons - Concord, NH - Student   December 03, 2019

Such a lovely lady, met her at CHS and then later at the pool at Envy was always wonderful chatting with sympathies to her family.

Posted by Connie High - Acquaintance   December 03, 2019

Always smiling and offering positive advice or thoughts. A pleasure to have been a coworker with her and sharing her knowledge of German with my son and students. Thank you for sharing your wife and Mom with us at Central.

Posted by Nancy Kelso - Candia, NH - Coworker   December 03, 2019

It was a pleasure to know Carol!! Great teacher and she got my jokes. RIP Carol, Mrs. Z!!!!

Posted by Don Tibbetts Mr. T in PE - Orlando, FL - Friend   December 03, 2019

Frau Zalis, great teacher and better person. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Henry Pariseau - Manchester   December 03, 2019


Joan, We are saddened to hear that your mother passed away. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers and hope you feel surrounded by much love.

Posted by The Maguire Family - Manchester, NH   December 03, 2019

I had double duty with Carol over the years at Central High School. First, I was a student of hers in German and later a colleague on the faculty. Always, always a first class lady. Condolences to the family.

Posted by Bob Rosenthal - Hooksett   December 03, 2019

So sorry for the recent loss of your wife and mother. She was a wonderful teacher and friend and will be missed. Her memory will be fondly remembered. My sympathy. Joyce Fitzgerald-Guill

Posted by Joyceann Fitzgerald-Guill - Bedford, NH - Family   December 02, 2019

Dear Vachon family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss... even though we didn't know Carol very long and into the later years of her life, we could see what a strong thread she was in the fabric of your family. Her kindness and thoughtfulness will be dearly missed. May your family be comforted by the loving memories you have of her. Rest in peace, dear Carol. Love, Wendy Gloyd & Lisa Deitch

Posted by Wendy Gloyd - Westford, MA - Family Friend   December 02, 2019

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