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Caroline Pipal, 1924–2021

Caroline Pipal, 1924–2021
Caroline Pipal 1924–2021.Source: Family photo

In the wee hours of Nov. 23, 2021, Caroline Pipal (née Dunsmore) died peacefully, surrounded by her children, at her home in Kenwood.

She was born in Perth Scotland to Buchanan and Elizabeth Dunsmore on March 1, 1924.

Growing up she loved sports, in particular riding, skating, and tennis. Then came World War II and Carrie went up to Edinburgh to earn an M.A. in modern languages.

On graduation she was recruited and for a year worked as a translator at Bletchley Park, where Nazi codes were broken. The work was secret and she never spoke of it until 1975, when it was made public. Sixty- five years after the war a medal of recognition arrived from Britain, of which she was justly proud.

Working in post-war London she met the love of her life, George Pipal, an American reporter for the United Press (UP). They were married in 1946 in Prague and lived here and there in Europe for a hectic couple of years, wherever George was sent. Then they settled in the London suburbs and raised a daughter and three sons.

In 1966 the family moved from London to Connecticut. In 1980 they came to Sonoma County and built a house in Kenwood, where she stayed to the very end.

Caroline’s interest in social issues led her to volunteer and mentor young people throughout her married life. Back in the 1960s she was involved in Head Start and Meals on Wheels, and she later helped refugee families settle here in California.

Her friends and family celebrate her lively intelligence, loving character, quick laugh, and quick ability see another’s point of view. She leaves four children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by her son, Frank Pipal, who lives on Warm Springs Road.