Carol Ann Colwell
(1960 - 2012)

Carol Ann Colwell

October 11, 1960

January 31, 2012

Guest Book
I want to share this remembrance of Carol from Laura (Emanuel)Wester. The Emanuel’s were our friends and next-door neighbors in Hempstead, New York from 1965 to the late ‘70s. Laura was about 9 years old when we moved in. Laura and her brother Jim were part of the large group of kids in our neighborhood.

Laura’s comment: "It took me a month before the news actually registered in my head. Yes, Carol is at peace now and the memories will live on forever. I remember her best as a grade schooler running around outside behind all the boys with her hair flying in the wind. And her freckles."
William S. Colwell, Jr (Father)
May 2nd, 2012
Carol's life has touched mine in such a different way than most. Distance cousins and fuzzy summer memories, but years of prayers for her and our dear Colwell family. Her life has meant something so special to me in that it showed me at a young age to treasure the time we have here and to love pure and simply. The faithfulness of Carol's family has always been a joy for me to behold! God's grace on my special cousin Carol.
Sandy Wood Volk (Cousin)
April 14th, 2012
We were saddened to learn of Carol's passing and our hearts go out to all of yours. I think I remember most of what Tom and Brian alluded to regarding the carefree moments as kids. However, I seem to remember a time or two when the guys picked on Carol (after all, she was a pesky girl...and the only one at that!) and she was tough enough to more than hold her own and then some!

You know, we pray for healing for family members and friends and most often our prayer is that the person we are praying for will be restored to the way she or he once was. Yet even when restoration occurs, the healing is only temporary and mortality still looms in this life. Our Lord offers a healing that we many times cannot initially see through tears of grief. In Carol's passing, she has experienced perfect healing, being made whole and new again as she has slipped the bonds of human frailty and mortality to dwell with her Heavenly Father in a place where pain and brokenness do not exist. May God's eternal promises bring you comfort in your hour of grief.
Bart & Debbie Colwell (Uncle)
March 1st, 2012
Ann and I have played MahJongg on Monday mornings for several years. She often spoke of Carol in a warm loving way. I never met her but my thoughts are with Ann, Bill and the family at this time.
Peg Britz (Friend of Carol's mom,Ann)
February 22nd, 2012
Dear Ann & Bill and family, Have remembered Carol in my prayers all these years, and know she is now at rest. Your love and care all these years is outstanding. Our memory of Carol was a fun young lady.
Rita & Joe Graham (like to consider us frien)
February 19th, 2012
I truly miss Carol and her smile!! Also when we would gang up on Marlene just giving her a hard time and I would get Carol to stick her tongue out and get that grin I will never forget. I walk past the room and it still is Carol and Marlene's!!! Thanks for sharing her with us, at HCC
Diane Wiltse (nurse/HCC family)
February 15th, 2012
Our lasting my memory of us as kids in IN, and the few pictures I have will last forever.
Kenneth Colwell (Uncle)
February 13th, 2012
We were deeply saddened to learn of Carol's passing. Please accept our sympathies for your tragic loss. I remember how much we always looked forward to your family's visits to us in Indiana. The memories I have of Carol are of those carefree moments together as children. I remember that dad (her grandfather) spoke to me often of her situation and his hopes for her recovery. The strength and courage you maintained while caring for Carol throughout the years are an inspiration.
Tom and Denise Colwell (Uncle)
February 12th, 2012
It's been so many years since I saw Carol, and my memories are much less clear now. I guess the thing that always stuck with me through the years was her smile. It was always so striking, even as kids. And she was never mean.

What a kind, gentle, soul. My deepest condolences.
Brian Colwell (Uncle)
February 12th, 2012
I am very sorry to hear of your loss and the loss you've experienced through all these years. Your Carol will always remain in your heart.
Arlene Martin (Bookclub friend)
February 11th, 2012
Thanks for all of the pictures of Carol and all of the memories they bring. She filled a special place in the family and in the family gatherings and will forever be missed.
Uncle Mike
Mike Jeffries (Uncle)
February 10th, 2012
Angela, thank-you for sharing your experience with Carol. I had forgotten how much she loved to do her nails or others. Will miss that special smile as well (you might spot it in the photo with Marlene).
Bo Colwell (brother)
February 10th, 2012
What a beautiful soul Carol is. I will always remember the smiles she graced us with that could light up the whole room. One mention of painting her nails and the smile wouldn't leave :) I will certainly miss her warmth and hold her close to my heart.
Angela Szewczyk (Worked with Carol at Howe)
February 10th, 2012

Thanks so much for the pictures! They really bring back the memories.
We look like another version of the little rascals.
For some reason those pictures remind me of the time you and Carol were learning to play the oboe. You guys would play between our two houses and would hit some serious clunker notes.
Geoffrey Colwell (Brother)
February 9th, 2012
It is with great sadness I heard of the passing of my friend Carol. We were a close circle of friends (Geoff, Carol, Mike and Doug)growing up in the 60's and 70's and having lived next to the Colwell's I always felt like a part of their family. I can still remember our walks to school, playing tag, staying out late at night in the summer our sharing of record albums.

A particular memory was just after Carol got her drivers license. Geoff and I wanted to go to the beach and Carol had this very large white car (may have been a Pontiac Catalina?). She made us scrape together $4.00 for gas before she would drive us.

I will always remember her -
Jim Emanuel
James Emanuel (Childhood Friend)
February 9th, 2012
Ann and Bill and family,
Having known your family for so long, and looking at this wonderful memorial, Carol was blessed to have you for her caring family all these years.
She is lovingly remembered and touched all your lives in remarkable ways.
My love and thoughts are with you. She is gone but will live on in your heart and soul forever.
Judi Carr (friend)
February 8th, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Please find comfort that Carol is at peace and rest.
Ann & Tom Woodbury (Family Friends)
February 8th, 2012
My sincerest condolences on the loss of Carol Ann. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Kevin Walsh (Friend of Bill Colwell)
February 8th, 2012
Our thoughts are with you. May your memories and the love you share comfort you.
Marge Mogelnicki (Family friend)
February 8th, 2012
It was with the deepest sadness when we received this news. We went to see her in the hospital right after this happened and had such high hopes that she would wake up and lead a normal life. That was not meant to be.
To this day,every time a rerun of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" comes on we think of Carol. We remember she always looked forward to going to perform her part.
Our wish is that Carol's family find the strength to get through this terribly difficult time.
Rest in peace Carol.
Ralph & Trudy Natale
Ralph & Trudy Natale (Very old friends of the C)
February 8th, 2012
I never knew Carol but I do know what it is to lose a child, no matter what the age. My heart understands your sorrow and goes out to infold all of you.
Rhoda Wolshon (Friend of Bill and Ann)
February 7th, 2012
Some of the strongest memories I have involve hiking trips to the Muttontown preserve on Long Island. Carol was one of the main instigators of these trips. Kids from the neighborhood would go (Jim & Doug) and sometimes Carol's friends (Elizabeth). The preserve was filled with the ruins of old Long Island family mansions(think Vanderbilts). A day spent there was like spending time in another world. We would came back tired but exhilarated.
Geoffrey Colwell (Brother)
February 7th, 2012
I lost a member of my family and I never had the chance to know her. I am so sad for this whole situation. From everything I’ve heard about Carol, I’m sure I would have really loved her. I’ve heard so many wonderful stories. She sounded like so much fun! I would never have had the nerve to dye my hair bright colors. I grew up in the Midwest. Punk didn’t come to our neck of the woods until much later than it did in NY. Carol was way ahead of me and I’m not sure I’d have ever caught up with her!
Linda Caraboa Colwell (Sister-in-law)
February 7th, 2012
Carol and I shared living quarters for over 20 years. The similarities we shared were phenomenal.

We were both "Daddy's Little Girls". Shortly after my Dad passed away she loaned me her Dad! Mr. Carol belonged to both of us. My Dad used to say "life is too short to be mean and grumpy, so put a smile on your face and enjoy life!" Our Dads did everything possible to ensure we did just that! Neither Carol nor myself were actually "Spoiled"; we were just both extremely well loved!!

Anytime someone picked on me Carol's grin became an ear-to-ear smile! When she passed I knew she was in heaven laughing at me dealing with her parting.

Marlene Reed
Marlene Reed (Roommate)
February 6th, 2012
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The Colwells
February 5th, 2012
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"Another year, another birthday. She would have been 59."
William Colwell
October 11th, 2019
"October 11, 2018, She would have been 58. Happy Birthday doesn't seem to do it."
William Colwell
October 11th, 2018
"It seems like all of the pictures show Carol smiling and having fun, usually with one of her brothers or sister. She really seemed to enjoy her family. I wish I could have been part of that. It would have been a blast!"
Linda Caraboa Colwell
February 7th, 2012
"I noticed near the end of the 1965 Christmas video Carol is eating one of Grandmother Ruth's oatmeal fudge cookies. In later years she would lead the production of that wonderful holiday snack!"
February 6th, 2012


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