PORTLAND — Carol Lee (Loring) Pipinias, 66, died May 23 after a brief illness, surrounded by family.

Pipinias was born Dec. 25, 1948, in Portland, to Harold Greeley Loring and Roberta (Lee) Loring. Soon followed by sister Roberta, and later sister Barbara and brother Harold, Carol and her family lived on Munjoy Hill.

As a child, she demonstrated great initiative for exploration and learning, which foreshadowed her later calling as a public school educator. She excelled in her studies at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception elementary school, junior high school and high school. Among her many accomplishments were starring roles in the Cheverus High School production of “Our Town.”

Pipinias earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at Rivier College, of Nashua, New Hampshire. As an undergraduate, she taught special needs students at a camp in Belgium, and subsequently backpacked throughout Europe with a college friend.

After college, she worked as a social worker at The Osteopathic Hospital of Maine and at Portland City Hospital. She went on to attend the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned a master’s degree in special education. She also met her future husband, Joseph Pipinias.

Carol began her teaching career of over 40 years in northern Maine, but then taught at public schools in Cumberland and Portland, as well as Brentwood, New Hampshire.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Alexandra Muschinski, son-in-law, Andrew Muschinski and granddaughters, Madeleine and Lillian; mother, Roberta Loring; uncles, the Rev. Thomas Lee and Paul Loring; sisters, Roberta Donnini and Barbara Loring; brother, Harold Gregory Loring; “sister-friend,” Julie Marshall; cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces; and many friends, education colleagues and students.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 25 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Portland. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, at childrens-museum.org, or to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, at kitetails.org.

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