Caroline was born in Brooklyn, NY and was married to her first love, Cosimo, on August 4, 1945 until his sudden death in 1969. She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn and Emily, and son-in-law, Charlie Foster.
Caroline and her husband bought a little candy store in Brooklyn in 1956 so that they could raise and be close to their young daughters. During the thirteen years they ran the business, it grew to a luncheonette, and then a catering business that serviced weddings and other functions in New York. After that, Caroline, Carrie, as she was known then, worked at The Methodist Hospital in the coffee shop.
Caroline was a kind and compassionate wife and mother for whom family came first. She supported her daughters in all their endeavors and never wanted to let too much time pass before visiting them wherever they were living. Living in New York City, she never saw the need to drive, so she traveled by bus, plane, or train to various states, bringing all sorts of Italian treats to her daughters so they would always feel her love. She saw it all as an adventure. She loved life and never missed an opportunity to have fun.
When she moved to Oregon City in 1988, she was never idle. She was skilled at knitting and crocheting and always had a skein of yarn at her feet and either knitting needles or crochet hook in hand. She made thousands of hats for children and babies and the homeless. She was always bringing bags of hats to whatever group needed them. When she discovered the Pioneer Center she volunteered there. She was at the Center every week, folding newsletters or doing whatever else needed to be done and she was part of the Busy Bees, a group of women who sewed and made various knit and crocheted items for any organization that needed such items. She and her daughter, Carolyn, were very active in the "Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart" and over the years Caroline sewed hundreds of Christmas stockings for that group. And she made many teddy bears for the firemen's children's project. For all her selfless actions, she was recognized as "Oregon City Volunteer of the Year" several times.
Caroline lived a full life. She loved helping people whenever she could. She accepted everyone she met with open arms and treated everyone with kindness. She made a lasting impact on all who knew her, with her smiles, her positive attitude, and her love.
A service was held on Tuesday, January 16th at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. Arrangements by Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.