We bid a fond and loving farewell to dear wife, mother and friend, Carol Ann Mielbrecht, who passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on October 23, 2019.
Born Carol Ann Blanchard on July 19, 1934, to Florence and Raymond Blanchard in Hasbrook Heights, New Jersey, Carol grew up in Norwood, New Jersey with sister Joan and brother Donald.
Upon graduating from Tenafly High School, Carol attended secretarial college. Shortly thereafter, she moved with her sister Joan to Berkeley, California where she met Raymond E. Mielbrecht.
Ray and Carol were married on May 14, 1960, and moved to the Pacific Northwest, settling on Vashon Island, Washington, in 1968 where they raised their four children: Karen, Sharon, Mark and Cheryl. No strangers to hard work, Carol and Ray found great reward in their dedication to family and attainment of a self-sustaining lifestyle on their small farm.
Carol’s tireless devotion to God, her appreciation of beauty, love of animals, creativity and spunk, fierce yet forgiving nature, made the world a brighter place.
Carol was a loving wife and devoted mother whose kind and gentle spirit will be forever cherished. She will be missed by all whose hearts she so profoundly touched. She will live on in the loving memories of her husband, daughters, son, brother, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.