SOUTH DEERFIELD- Carole Giusto, 67, of South Deerfield, passed away peacefully Sunday Oct. 21, 2012 surrounded by family.
Born Aug 16, 1945, she was the daughter of Catherine (McGuire) and Thomas Marren of New Haven, Conn. Carole graduated from St Mary's High School in New Haven in 1963.
Carole was the loving wife of Richard Giusto for 39 years. She was the mother to seven children; four daughters, Sheryl McDonough and her husband James of Wethersfield, Conn., Lynn Thompson and partner Gerald Hasty of Holland, Doreen Giusto and her partner Marge Frank of Hatfield, and Sandra LeBlanc and her husband Mike of Brimfield as well as three sons; William McDonough and his wife Irene of Key West, Fla., Richard Scott Giusto and Michael Christopher Giusto, who predeceased her. Carole was also the proud grandmother to six grandchildren, Christopher Clifford, Sean Henry, Amber Thompson, Skye Miller, Andrew McDonough and Ryan McDonough.
Having grown up an only child, Carole loved having a large family and a full house. The answer was never "no" when her children or husband brought unexpected guests home for dinner. Her philosophy was always, "the more the merrier." In addition to her own seven children Carole's home was often a crash pad to friends and acquaintances, sometimes for just a meal or a night, often for longer. She was a particularly friendly sounding board for wayward teens and young adults. Her love and firm support helped all "her kids" realize dreams and exceed their goals.
Carole and her family moved to South Deerfield from Hamden, Conn. in 1985. She settled into the community and was a member of the Women's Club for a number of years.
In 1988 after her youngest child entered school, Carole began a second career. She was appointed to the Deerfield Police Department, working as the police clerk, dispatcher and assistant to the chief. She fulfilled a personal goal, graduating from the police academy in 1990 as a Special Officer and an expert marksman. Carole retired from the department in 2011. She was quite proud of her 23 years of service in the Police Department and always lovingly considered the force "her guys." In her honor, Deerfield Town Offices will be closed on Thursday.
Carole loved life and believed in living. She enjoyed motorcycle rides, anything purple and fall getaways. In particular she cherished the holidays and the family gatherings they always brought. She loved any opportunity to spend time with her grandkids. She was on a constant quest to find them little treats and gifts, "just because Mimi can." Her generosity to friends and family was unmatched and will always be her lasting legacy.
Visiting hours will be Wed., Oct. 24, 2012 from 4 to 7 pm at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, Mass. Funeral Services will be at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Deerfield Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012 at 10 am. Burial will be at the Brookside Cemetery.
Because of the her love for all her kids, 2 legged or 4, in lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the outstanding professionals at the Oncology Department of Baystate Medical Center and to Overlook Hospice Services for their compassionate support in Carole's fight.
Expressions of Sympathy available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com