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CARLEEN GODDARD MAZUR DIES AT 75

A death in the family. . .All the qualities so dear to St. Louisans – urbane, glamorous, charming – applied to Carleen Goddard Mazur, who died last night at Delmar Gardens on South Outer I-64  The 75 year-old  had lingered – unresponsive and non-communicative – for almost four years after suffering a stroke while in her kitchen.  She lived alone and was unconscious for three days before a cousin became suspicious. She was hospitalized and then was checked into Delmar Gardens, where her support system – cousin Colleen Fink most prominently  – stood vigil during her final hours in a room full of flowers and a framed Apostolic Blessing  from Pope John Paul, II. As a young woman, Carleen served as a hostess at one of the restaurants at the Chase-Park Plaza. She rode a nuptial merry-go-round that consisted of eight marriages, several of them to the late Globe-Democrat columnist Bob Goddard. Her last spouse was the late Sig Mazur, an optician and the son of a prominent rabbi. She was an accomplished organist, which  was evident at the funeral services for Goddard when she accompanied herself while singing liturgical music.. Some of her greatest pleasures were derived from crashing dinner receptions following weddings, where she exchanged bon mots with the guests. Her wedding to Mazur took place at the former Omni Hotel, where formal attire by the guests was de rigueur. Programs were distributed on which credits were given to the cake baker, the printer, the photographer, her gown’s merchant, the florist and the band. Now she is gone, but she left a delightfully quirky and indelible stamp on our town.

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