Carole (Gardino) Volz, 58, of New Britain, beloved wife of Francis “Bud” Volz, passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital surrounded by her family, friends, clergy and caregivers, on Dec. 26, 2018.
Carole was predeceased by her parents, Julia (Lattarulo) and Carl Gardino. In addition to her loving husband, Carole is survived by two daughters, Lindsey Volz and fiancé David Doherty, and Emily Volz and her boyfriend, Tyler Smith; two sisters and their husbands, Claudia and Frank Peronace Jr. and Judith and Thomas Boccia; as well as several nieces and nephews. Carole was especially close to her surviving, longtime friend, Catherine DeMarco.
Carole graduated from New Britain High School in the class of 1979, where she was an active member of the music department, most notably as an alto in the original NBHS Madrigal Singers, and was the 1979 class vocalist. Later on, she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Connecticut State University, and began her career as an early childhood teacher at Northwest Children’s Center in Cromwell. She then worked with volunteers to form the First Lutheran Co-Operative Nursery School in New Britain and served for many years as a teacher and the director. From there, she worked for the Consolidated School District of New Britain, from managing Parent Volunteer Organizers to coordinating tutoring services, she held a number of positions over the course of 17 years.
Within the community, she played a lead role organizing Kids’ Main Court for the Main Street USA festival when it was located in downtown New Britain, was an active volunteer and PTA member at her daughters’ schools, and served on the board for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for many years.
Growing up, she was a parishioner of Saint Joseph Church in New Britain and later became a member of Saint Paul Church in Kensington. She was an active member of Saint Paul’s folk group, “The Messengers,” and met her husband, Bud, while singing in this group. Carole enjoyed cooking, camping, singing, and spending time with her family and many pets.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at 9 a.m. from Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin, with a Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church on Alling Street in Kensington. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or at http://giftfunds.stjude.org/carolevolz.
Directions to the funeral home can be found at www.portersfuneral.com .