Kasilof resident Jean (O'Dea) Carroll died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at home with her family by her side. She was 84.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father John Holleman will officiate. She will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery with her husband and son in Lackawanna, N.Y.
Mrs. Carroll was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Buffalo, N.Y. to John and Lois O'Dea. She married Robert J. Carroll in 1946 in Lackawanna, and they raised five children. She moved to Kasilof to be near her children in 1979 and embraced the Alaska way of life.
"She loved God and her church, her cabin in the woods, her dogs, her friends and her family. She had a gift of making everyone feel welcome and loved in her presence. She was proud of her Irish Heritage and passed that to her children," her family said.
"We were blessed to be able to call her mom, and she will leave a hole in this world and in our hearts with her passing. May the road rise up to meet you, Mom, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."
Mrs. Carroll was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Rosemary, Patricia and Sheila; husband, Robert; oldest son, Sean; and grandchild, Katlyn Carroll.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Robbie and Susan Carroll of Kasilof, Buck and Theresa Carroll of Soldotna and Kevin Carroll of Kenai; daughter-in-law, Claire Carroll of San Mateo, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary Carroll and Terry Berger of Soldotna; grandchildren, Jason Sintek, Keenan and Robert Coltin Carroll, Liam Andrus and John and Wyatt Kenyon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Ernie Henner of Sacramento, Calif., and Moira and John DeCeasar of Guilford, Conn.; and many friends and relatives in Alaska and New York.
The family prefers donations be made to the American Cancer Society, the SPCA or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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