ForeverMissed

Carol passed in peace Friday September 3, 2010 after battling cancer and is resting in a happier place.  Carol was born and raised in St. LouisMissouri and became a full time resident on MarcoIsland over ten years ago.  Carol is survived by her husband Robert L Boland and two children Christy Merdinian and Michael Boland.   Christy is married to Arthur Merdinian and has three children Charlie, Sara and Riley and resides in St. Louis, Mo.  Michael is married to Jackie Boland who resides in Naples.


The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, be sent in Carol’s name to Georgeson House at Avow Hospice,
1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida34105-3847, attention Karen Stevenson or should you prefer to The American Cancer Society. 

Carol has requested each of those who knew her celebrate her life in their own way in lieu of any type of bereavement service.  Any one who knew her will understand her request.  They understand her zest for life; happiness and her dedication to enjoy her friends and family were her real mission in life.  We will all miss her.

Remembered Joy

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all...
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life's been full, I've savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.

Posted by Linda Clark on March 30, 2020
Carolyn, as we celebrated Crystal’s daughter, Colette’s birthday on Saturday(she turned 4) I thought how much you would have loved her. She is a real character.

Wishing you a happy heavenly birthday. Know that we all miss you very much. Such a wonderful lady taken too soon. Love you always.
The Clarks and Coopers. ❤️
Posted by ROBERT BOLAND on March 30, 2020
Mike, Christy and I are having a toast to a great lady, Mom and Wife at 5 PM; Chardonnay of course. We all miss you and hope you have a wonderful Birthday. Bob
Posted by Linda Clark on September 3, 2019
Dearest Carolyn, remembering you today. Your spirit dwells in your beautiful children, Christy and Michael, and their families. You and Robert certainly instilled love and care for others in them. They carry on that spirit in all they do with friends and family. You are missed every day-your smile, your laughter, your presence-we all love you. God bless you. Rest In Peace. Love forever, Linda Clark
Posted by Brenda And Barry Todd Tod... on September 3, 2019
It's hard to believe how the years have passed. We cruised past the Knolls the other day and remembered the fun times with you there and so many other events and places as our kids grew up together. It is a joy to see that our kids are good friends to this day and even some of our grandchildren are close! It is truly one of life's blessings as were the times we shared together and will never forget.
Posted by Linda Clark on March 30, 2019
Dearest Carolyn, remembering you on your birthday and missing your infectious smile and laughter. Miss you and love you, until we meet again. ❤️
Posted by Peter Piro on March 30, 2019
not forgotten I remember your smile
Peter Piro
Posted by ROBERT BOLAND on March 30, 2019
You are forever missed but would be very proud of your kids and grandkids.
Bless you, love you. Bob
Posted by Richard Niess on September 3, 2018
Think of you often, along with my wife Ann who passed in 2015 and loved the poem you have o your site.
Posted by Suzanne Piro on March 30, 2018
Dear Carol, think of you often....Believe that you are pleased with the lives that your loved ones are enjoying. Know that you are in a peaceful place wearing that big smile on your lovely face.
Miss you..
Love, Suzanne
Posted by Gail Crawford on September 6, 2015
Remembering Carol with love. Tom and I think of her often. Wish we had had more time together. 
                              Tom and Gail Crawford
Posted by Linda Clark on September 5, 2015
Carolyn, a beautiful name for a beautiful lady who is missed everyday. Your smile and laughter are present at every gathering and your memory will never die. I know you are watching over the family and keeping them safe. We love you as we always have and always will. God bless and keep your family healthy and safe.
Posted by Suzanne Piro on September 4, 2015
Carol your special smile is forever burned in my memory. You will always be a part of our wonderful memories. I know that you are enjoying the next phase of life and still bring joy to those around you.
Suzanne
Posted by Susan Carey on September 4, 2015
Hey there Carol, I think of you often. There are so many memories all around us of you. Miss you much. May God Bless you up there and your beautiful family down here forever.
Love, Sue Cantatore
Posted by Mike Boland on September 4, 2015
It is hard to believe that five years have passed; what a journey it has been. It is interesting how sadness can turn to reflection which turns to positive memories or a lofty idealistic goal. The void of something or someone can make you act or think in the manner you feel that person would act or feel in a certain situation. In my mind this is a direct reaction to a positive influence or a positive role model.

One of Mom B's best traits was a positive attitude or in adversity a positive outlook. The glass was more than half full at all times and many times full of Chardonnay. Fun, zest for life, travel, friends and family would top the list of agenda items. Life experiences are better shared and if you do not have someone to share them with get off your butt and find someone. Do not take yourself to serious because serious is the antithesis of fun; laugh. Adventure is in your mind and what makes things fun and interesting: live. Passion family and faith were the two most important items above all; love.

May the void of a loved one be replaced by a positive moment of reflection knowing the outcome has been life-changingly good!

I hope today was better than yesterday and tomorrow is better than today!
Posted by Marilyn Pascale on September 4, 2015
We miss your sweet face today, tomorrow and always. I think of you often. RIP!
Posted by ROBERT BOLAND on September 3, 2015
Hard to believe 5 years has passed; seems like yesterday. I will never forget and forever miss Carol, her smile, zest for life and family. She has given me the will to enjoy life every day and challenge to make sure all friends and family deliver on her challenge as well. She was one of a kind and will be forever missed and loved. She would be the most proud of her family; Christy, Mike, and all the kids. We love you and miss you every day. Bob
Posted by ROBERT BOLAND on September 3, 2015
Hard to believe 5 years has passed; seems like yesterday. I will never forget and forever miss Carol, her smile, zest for life and family. She has given me the will to enjoy life every day and challenge to make sure all friends and family deliver on her challenge as well. She was one of a kind and will be forever missed and loved. She would be the most proud of her family; Christy, Mike, and all the kids. We love you and miss you every day. Bob
Posted by Peter Piro on September 3, 2015
Carol will always be remembered in so many of our lives.

Peter and Suzanne
Posted by Marilyn Pascale on September 4, 2014
Sweet Carol,
I think of you often with that beautiful smile and all your wonderful hats.
I miss you still.
Posted by Linda Clark on September 3, 2014
Dearest Carolyn, we all remember your smiling face and loving ways. We miss you and you are never far from our thoughts. May your light continue to shine forever.

Love and miss you--Linda Clark and family
Posted by Suzanne Piro on September 3, 2014
Sweet Carol,
I think of you so often, you were such a special person, Your joie de vive was infectious. Dark clouds were not allowed to darken your path. To be around you was such a pleasure. Thank you for being in my life.
Suzanne
Posted by Mike Boland on September 3, 2014
To the worlds best MOM. The thought of you makes us all smile and understand how important it is to laugh and enjoy life.

I love you and miss you a ton.
Posted by Linda Clark on March 31, 2014
Dearest Carolyn, It's hard to believe another birthday has come and gone. I will be celebrating mine on April 3, so I wanted to send you a message to let you know we haven't forgotten you. You are in our hearts and thoughts everyday. I remember seeing you at Crystal and Nick's wedding shortly before you parted this world. I will keep your smiling face from that night in my mind forever. You so loved to party!!
And that is exactly what we did that night--PARTY PARTY PARTY. It was a great time and you looked so BEAUTIFUL, as always. Love and miss your laughter and smiling face. Until we meet again. Love Linda Clark and family.
Posted by Susan Carey on March 30, 2014
Hello my friend. I still miss ya. There you are up there, classing up the heavens. There are still so many times during the year that you are thought of because, I remember your joyful presence. Thanks for the memories:)
God Bless you up there, and your wonderful family on earth.
Love, Sue Carey
Posted by Marilyn Pascale on September 7, 2013
Your candle still burns brightly. We miss you.
Posted by Linda Clark on September 3, 2013
Today we celebrate your life passing. We miss your smile and laughter every day. The love you shared with us was unconditional and from the heart. No one will ever be able to hold a candle to you. We light one today to keep you close. With love from Dwight, Linda, Adam, and David Clark and Nicholas, Crystal, and Liam Cooper.
Posted by Linda Clark on April 1, 2013
Dear Carolyn, we all wish you were here to see how beautiful your grand daughters have become, how big Charlie has grown, Michael and Jackie's twins and our own little man, Liam. We know you watch over all of them everyday and we all thank you for your protection. Your smile and laughter will be forever in our minds and the love that you gave will forever be in our hearts. Love u always!
Posted by Marilyn Pascale on March 30, 2013
Carol,
Thank you for teaching me how to present the sponsors at the Newcomers meetings. And I miss our one on one lunches they were so special. You were such a sparkle in all our lives and that is why you are still missed.
Posted by Linda Clark on September 3, 2011
I cannot believe it's been a year. Today is a day for remembering the love and excitement that Carolyn shared with everyone. Let's all raise a glass to her memory and the lovely family she watches over everyday! Miss you Carolyn and I am certainly blessed to have known you!
Posted by Susan Carey on September 3, 2011
Wow, we can't believe it's been a year. On Sunday Oct. 2 at 10:30am we have requested a mass be said in your honor dear Carol at the San Marco Church. All friends and family are invited to attend and celebrate this mass. May God bless you and your wonderful family always.
Posted by Linda Clark on March 30, 2011
On this, the anniversary of Carolyn's birth, we all remember this fantastic woman. Her spirit will remain with all who knew her. We miss you Carolyn, and thank the Lord for sharing you for 68 years. Your light shines on!! The Clark Family
Posted by Jan & Bill Hensley on March 30, 2011
Happy Birthday Carol,you are the first thing I thought of today when I saw the date.

Love you always,
Bill & Jan
Posted by Linda Levine on March 30, 2011
Dear Carol,

Happy Birthday - I know that you are having a wonderful
celebration in heaven and that the light shines bright
in your eyes and smile. We all miss you. Linda L.
Posted by Brenda And Barry Todd Tod... on March 30, 2011
Ah, Carol - no doubt a special and festive hat for the day would be appropriate and maybe a frozen beverage or two. Roosevelt Franklin probably has icing on his whiskers too!

Brenda and Barry
Posted by Mary Hamand Weilert on March 6, 2011
To all the amazing memories that you brought to my life! Your love. laughter and joy will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers to the Boland family!

Mary Hamand Weilert and family
Posted by Jan & Bill Hensley on September 23, 2010
Carol, your such a family angel. You have brought so many fun, happy memories to all of us. You will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Susan Carey on September 23, 2010
Carol,
You are the "Class" within our Classy Cooks, and always will be. We will strive to follow your example of enjoying life with "spice"! All of the special times we have spent with you and your wonderful family will be treasured forever my friend. You now brighten up the heavens for eternity. May God Bless you, and your family on earth. We miss you so much. Love, Sue and the CC's
Posted by Gail Crawford on September 14, 2010
We'll always remember and treasure our great times with Carol. One of many special memories is that of Bob and Carol in France clowning in front of a statue of
van Gogh. We're so happy to have known and loved Carol. 
Tom and Gail Crawford
Posted by Linda Clark on September 14, 2010
"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when day is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done." We miss you Carolyn!!! God bless your family.
Posted by Linda Clark on September 14, 2010
To the entire Boland family, our hearts are broken at the passing of Carol. Know that she is always with all of us and that we will never forget her "blue eyes" that smiled all the time and the warmth she exuded to everyone that knew her. God be with you, Carol on the next phase of your journey. The Clark Family
Posted by Cindy Crane on September 10, 2010
Carol,
You were such a wonderful & spirited lady. Your smile and contagous laugh will always be remembered by all who had the grace to know you. I know that your spirit will always remain with those that you have touched. May God bless and keep your family and friends with the wonderful memories of the good times with you. Keep the angels laughing until we all all together again.
Cindy Crane
Posted by Sahlee Macauley on September 10, 2010
Our hearts go out to the Boland family in this time of sorrow. Stephen and I will always remember her fun loving persona and wonderful hospitality. Please accept our deepest condolences.

"It is better to add life to your years
than to add years to your life."
Posted by Marie Lynn McChesney on September 9, 2010
Carol, thank you for bringing joy and happiness to our lives. I feel blessed that you have been a part of our lives. You have set an example for us on how to live life and enjoy it, and we appreciate your work to make this world a better place.
Posted by Myrna OReilly on September 8, 2010
Carol, you made such a poitive impression on Tom & I when we brought you dinner. I will always think of you when I eat my meatloaf dinner & lemon bars,and have a toast to you. Thanks to classy cooks I met you, and so many wonderful people. You will be missed.
Posted by Jan Rich on September 8, 2010
We will never forget the sound of your laughter as the kittens would jump on the broom and help you sweep up in the shelter. The more you laughed, the more the kittens would try to "help" and we all laughed with you in delight and joy. You will be with us and the kitties always and we miss you.
Jan and Jim and all the kitties at For the Love of Cats
Posted by Courtney Trudeau on September 8, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. I will always remember her kind and gentle manner and her sense of humor. It was great having her as my Mom's best friend. My love to all of you.
Posted by Alice Zaimes-Strong on September 8, 2010
Carol it was a year ago we shared wine tasting together in Paso Robles will never forget the time spent with you and Bob, love Alice and Don Strong
Posted by Ken Kerckhoff on September 7, 2010
So many fun memories from the seventies! And what a wonderful couple!
I know the big party will be a fun one with Carolyn getting there early to make sure.
I'll never forget "tacky night" at White Castle with Carol and Cathy as roller derby queens. And she was SO nice to my kids too.
Posted by Gerry Prinster on September 7, 2010
I will always have GREAT memories of "Graceland" and what fabulaous Hostess and Host Carol & Bob were. What awesome times...she will be sorely missed. 'til we meet again. GLP
Posted by Ciara Cooper on September 7, 2010
What great childhood memories I have of Bob, Carol, Christy and Mike. Our families had great fun together. My heart is with all of you. Ciara McCarthy Cooper
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Posted by Linda Clark on March 30, 2020
Carolyn, as we celebrated Crystal’s daughter, Colette’s birthday on Saturday(she turned 4) I thought how much you would have loved her. She is a real character.

Wishing you a happy heavenly birthday. Know that we all miss you very much. Such a wonderful lady taken too soon. Love you always.
The Clarks and Coopers. ❤️
Posted by ROBERT BOLAND on March 30, 2020
Mike, Christy and I are having a toast to a great lady, Mom and Wife at 5 PM; Chardonnay of course. We all miss you and hope you have a wonderful Birthday. Bob
Posted by Linda Clark on September 3, 2019
Dearest Carolyn, remembering you today. Your spirit dwells in your beautiful children, Christy and Michael, and their families. You and Robert certainly instilled love and care for others in them. They carry on that spirit in all they do with friends and family. You are missed every day-your smile, your laughter, your presence-we all love you. God bless you. Rest In Peace. Love forever, Linda Clark
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Everything Mom

Shared by Mike Boland on September 20, 2010

Everything Mom


You’re an Irreplaceable part of who I am
You have taught me wrong from right
You have picked up the pieces when I have fallen
You have bitten your tongue even thought it hurts
To let me be my own person
To learn in my own way


The things you have taught me, too many to say
Your have always been a peace maker in your very own special way
You have taught me joy, love and pain
You have even cheered me on standing in the rain


We have seen some amazing places a journey our whole life through
My constant quest for adventure, I owe it all to you
I have stumbled and fallen many times
To your knowledge I have not committed any crimes
All the heart ache, tears and pain have created an unbreakable bond
The memories we have made together will live forever and beyond


There is no replacing your love
Your lessons continue from above
Compassion and wisdom always showing through
I am proud of everything you’ve been able to do


I could not have asked for a better friend and parent
Your love and devotion so inherent
It amazes me how much you knew
You were always there to see thing through
The way you conducted yourself with grace and class
Even when I was a total pain in your ass


I know that you have ventured on
So many fond memories you’ve passed on
Your legacy of mischievous fun will be our bond
Our family understands why you had to abscond


As we both start our new adventure we will always have each other
You know Dad will do a great job to fill the void of you our mother
I know you will always be cheering me on in whatever I do
You will make our wishes always come true
I wish you a world of happiness, peace, joy and love
With God and the rest of your motley clan above


You have been everything to us and have shown us the way
I raise my glass to you mom and will love you each and every day

Your Son

My Best Girlfriend

Shared by Catherine Hullverson on September 8, 2010

September of 1973 was a special time for me.  My children both attended Masonridge Elementary School.  After dropping them at the door for their first day of school, I met another Mother that had dropped off her daughter. She introduced herself as Carol Boland.  We became fast friends and for fourteen years enjoyed a friendship that few people have in a lifetime.  Never a day went by while we were in St. Louis that we did not talk to one another.

Carol taught me so many lessons--great and small.  I learned to macrame, find great pottery, enjoy art(photography), plant daffidils, entertain, cook, water ski(sort of) and throw a great party.  We shared being Brownie and Girl Scout leaders, being room Mothers, Adventure Club and our great dinners held in our backyards.  We loved our trips to Sanabel and Keystone.  The Bolands exposed us to "The Lake" and many wonderful, happy experiences(too numerous to mention) were shared by the McCarthys and others.  "Partytime" grew out of our need to see each other and became the dreaded word for our friends.  Carol taught me to be patient, to laugh alot at myself, to love life and to be tough.

We grew up with our kids as we hauled them  to Queeny Park for night time cross-crountry skiing and bike rides to Dunkin Donuts on Sunday mornings.  We once went for a walk on Mason Road, got lost, and got home five hours later.  We talked the whole walk.

Our lives took us away from each other but I always thought we would meet again--maybe in a nursing home where we would hug and start planning another escapede.

You left too early, my sweet friend.  I feel such sadness for all of us, as you were so loved.  Maybe I will be lucky enough to see your smile and hear your laugh in the distant future.  The world has lost a great gal, wonderful wife, super Mom, Grandmother, and friend.

Sweet Dreams,

Cathie

P.S.  You looked splendid in the big white hat

Remembered Joy (What Mom Would Want)

Shared by Mike Boland on September 7, 2010

Remembered Joy

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all...
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life's been full, I've savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.