Thursday, October 30, 2008

Carolyn J. (Wells) Molinaro

Carolyn J. Molinaro, 82, left this world to join her husband Gene in heaven, October 30, 2008. Carolyn, daughter of the late James and Rose (nee: De Mark) Wells was born May 8, 1926, in Racine. Carolyn and Eugene Molinaro were united in marriage on August 20, 1955, at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Racine Together they raised three children. Eugene preceded Carolyn in death on January 16, 2008.

She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee. Carolyn began her teaching career in Home Economics at Grafton High School, Grafton, WI. She also taught in Dundee, IL and Union High School in Union Grove where she took early retirement due to a visual disability. She enjoyed being active and keeping busy and delved into church and community work. She was a charter member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and organized the Mission Club there which did much local, national and international mission work. She also worked in many other church functions.

Carolyn was co-founder of the Union Grove Area Food Bank. She was a former member of the Lioness Club, former board member of the Graham Public Library and the now-defunct swimming pool. She enjoyed her work there and time spent in Union Grove. In 2002 she moved to Racine and was currently a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Carolyn was an avid knitter. She made numerous afghans which were given to family, friends and fund-raising organizations. She also enjoyed golf, playing cards, cooking and entertaining. Her children and grandchildren were the joy in her life and brought her much happiness with the time spent with them whether attending their events or phone conversation. She will be missed greatly.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter, Michael (Lynn) Molinaro of Monroe, Jan (Lori) Molinaro of Enumclaw, WA, Maribeth (Mark) Osmundsen of Raymond; eight grandchildren, Gina and Luke Molinaro, Angela, Airman Kyle and Giuliana Molinaro, Melissa (fiance, Rick), Maria and Mark Osmundsen; great-grandsons, Collin and Riley Klaus; brothers and sister, Guy (Karin) Wells, Tony (Dorothy) Wells, Florence (Bob) Rivers, all of Racine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. Al (Marilyn) Molinaro of Wausau, Bob (Mary Ellen) Molinaro of Waterloo, IA, Tony Molinaro of Slinger, Edith (Bill) Hibbard of Milwaukee; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Monday November 10, 2008, at 11 a.m., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Park, Hwy C, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Gene and Carolyn Molinaro Scholarship fund would be greatly appreciated to help further students’ education.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and the staff at Vitas Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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