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Catherine  E. Carroll

Obituary for Catherine E. Carroll

July 9, 2021
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania


Catherine E. Carroll, wife of the late Joseph E. Carroll has died.
Sister of Roseanne Burroughs and the late Marie Blount and late John C. Cianchetta.
Mother of 15 and mother-in-law of 11:
Joseph Carroll (Nancy), Rosemarie Walsh (Michael), Maryanne Wallingford (Roby), Theresa Kitch Seymour, John Carroll (Therese), Michael Carroll (Donna), Patricia McLaughlin (John), Kevin Carroll (Carmen), Margaret Goodman (Bern), Paul Carroll, Regina Fabrizio (Rick), Christine Carroll, Katie Manchester (Bill), and the late Gerald Carroll and Kathleen Mahoney (Chuck).
Grandmother of 37 and 15 by marriage:
Jason (Ashley), Zita (Tracy), Phin, Kieran, Rachel (Collin), Danny, Jen (Ed), Shawn (Nicole), Mike (Kim), Paul, Alex, Morgan, Angela (Rich), Maria, Dana (Shawn), Rebecca, Giana, Michael, Nick, Dominic, Alyssa, Sarah (Danny) , Erin, Dominique (Andrew), Ciara (Kellen), Ari, Emily, Kathleen, Lizzie, Maria, Ricky, Joseph, Michael, Antonio, Cait (Matt), Jimmy, Gwyn, Julia, Billy and the late Matthew.
Great-Grandmother to 23 with 2 on the way:
Josiah, Emery, Maddie, Dash, Danny Jr., Isabella, Madelyn, Noelle, George, Luke, Emilia, John, Joseph, Brian, Ted, Kayla, Danny, Connor, Rory, Angel, Kevin, Jaxon, and Zoey.
Aunt Cassie to niece and special caretaker Josie as well as:
Kevin, Melanie, Timothy, Michael, Diana, John, William, Father Jim, Susan, Roseanna, Father Anthony, Maria, Jimmy, Kenneth, Dennis, Phillip, Kathy, Colleen, and the late Concetta, the late Catherine, the late Tommy, and the late Mark.
Catherine was born at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1928 to Catherine Farrell and Frank C. Cianchetta. Her father was from Sulmona, Italy and was known for his talent for gold leaf lettering and innovative neon sign design. She and her family initially lived in South Philadelphia but later moved to the Lower Northeast area when she was ten. At sixteen, she took a job at the local drug and confectionary store as a cashier. There she met the love of her life, Joe Carroll, clerk, who after many attempts charmed her heart. The following year, in 1945, she graduated from Little Flower High School, excelling in history and spelling. She loved books and was an avid reader. She read daily throughout the rest of her life. That same year, she was asked to be in the Miss America Pageant, but could not get her father's permission. When she was twenty, her father moved the family to Tampa, Florida, however, she returned the following year to Philadelphia to marry Joe and for the next forty years the two created a beautiful family and rich and loving household. Throughout her life her attention to detail was inspiring, evident, and palpable in the way she acknowledged each one of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and others. Not one to miss a special occasion or event, she made sure each and every person in her life knew how very much she loved them. During her 92 years, she thoughtfully and consistently sent letters, cards, and notes never missing important days or celebrations. She truly made each and every person in her life feel as if they were the most important person in the world to her. All were invited for a seat at her table and amazing food and excellent cooking was in abundance at her home. Her faith was central to every aspect of her life and Sunday Mass was a priority. She dedicated Mondays to saying the Rosary and often said the intercession of the Blessed Mother Mary carried her through many trials and tribulations. Last year, when the COVID-19 Pandemic swept the nation, causing devastation, isolation, and separation of families worldwide, she invited every person she knew to join her in an organized prayer group to pray the Rosary with her on Monday evenings at 7:30PM. Amazingly, well over 300 people participated in unison asking for God's healing and grace for the conditions in the world. Her fervent prayer of "be kind and love one another" is a gift and her legacy will live on in the hearts and lives of all those she loved and inspired.

Family and friends are invited to Catherine's Life Celebration, Wednesday, July 14th, from 6-9pm at John F. Givnish of Academy Rd., 10975 Academy Rd., and Thursday, July 15th, from 9:30-11am, at St. James RC Church, 8320 Brookside Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027 followed by her Funeral Mass at 11am. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the above named church or St. John's Hospice, 1221 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 would be appreciated.
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