On Monday May 13, 2013, Carol J. Simendinger, age 67, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home and surrounded by family and friends.
A lifelong resident of the MOT area, Carol attended Middletown High School and was homecoming queen in 1962. Carol returned as honorary homecoming queen 50 years later in 2012. Carol graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965.
Everyone who knew Carol thought of her as a mother. Her patience, empathy, and ability to be a relentless listener made her everyone's “go to”. Her rare ability to truly put the interests of others before her own, and her selfless nature of caring about the wellbeing of others made Carol the source of guidance and counseling for countless people in her life.
Never would you hear Carol speak a bad word about any human being. She always pointed out the positive things in all situations, and she was always a beacon of encouragement and inspiration. Though Carol was a very quiet and private person, she was always the first person to be there for friends and families in times of crisis or need.
Carol will be remembered for her amazing holiday meals and the many lists she wrote to ensure everything worked perfectly. Carol loved to rhyme, and her family considers themselves “lucky ducks” to have her in their lives.
Anyone who knew Carol knows that heaven welcomed her with open arms. (We can only imagine Chris welcoming her with a “CARE-ol”!) She was a member of the MOT Senior Center and a Patient Advisor at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. Carol recently retired after 33 happy years as a member of the St. Andrews School family, where she was “mom-away-from-home” to hundreds of students throughout the years.
Carol remained positive and courageous throughout her battle with illness even through her final days. She maintained her sense of humor, her timeless grace, and her dignity throughout.
Carol was preceded in death by both her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Leland O. Johnson, her daughter Jacqueline “Missy”, and her son-in-law Christopher Sturmfels. She is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 47 years, Gary; her daughters Kingsley Simendinger and Heather Rivera, her son-in-law Isaac Rivera; her grandchildren Beck Sturmfels and Hayden and Elias Rivera; and a loving extended family.
Visitation will be Friday May 17th from 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home located at 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709. Burial will Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 420 South DuPont Blvd, Smyrna, DE 19977. Burial will be followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews School at 350 Noxontown Rd., Middletown, DE 19709. All are welcome.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713, Attn: Donations.