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Carol A. (Molleur) Bergholm

Carol A. (Molleur) Bergholm
Lowell, MA native; 73

CORINTH, VT -- Carol Anne (Molleur) Bergholm, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. The beloved and treasured wife of Donald Ralph Bergholm.

Carol was born in Lowell, MA on December 24, 1939, to Virginia (Feeney) and the late, John Blake Molleur of Chelmsford MA.

Carol and Don shared a long, wonderful life together. Meeting at church youth fellowship at the age of 14. They were married four years later, in 1958, and recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past June. Their unconditional love was beautiful to behold and a gift to all who had the privilege of witnessing such true commitment.

Carol had an amazing capacity for love and a limitless generosity. Her life's work focused on caring for others. The consummate caregiver, she and Donald were foster parents in Massachusetts and Vermont for 40 years providing long term and respite care for over 150 children. She gave her heart to each and everyone and loved them all.

Carol was a member of Chelmsford Street Baptist Church and East Corinth Congregational Church and over the years served both congregations on various committees, as youth fellowship leader, women's fellowship leader, and singing in the choir. Always there whenever she was needed, Carol could be counted on to organize any event, bake for the church suppers, and visit those who were home bound. She attended schools in Lynn MA and Lowell, MA.

Carol's heart and soul belonged to her family. They were her greatest joy and pride.

Besides her husband and mother, she lives on in the hearts of her children, son, David Scott Bergholm and daughter-in-law, Shannon Moody of Fairlee, VT and their family, granddaughter, Hailey Nicole Bergholm, of Arlington, TX, and grandson, Dawson Donald Bergholm of Fairlee, VT; daughter, Deborah Bergholm-Petka and son-in-law, Stephen Lance Petka and grandchildren, Mitchell John Petka and Kathryn Carol Petka of Chelmsford, MA. She was the beloved sister of Blake Molleur and his wife, Cherie of Westfield, MA; Linda Molleur of Dracut, MA, and Robin Hennessey and her husband, Ronald of Chelmsford, MA. Carol was a loving aunt to Christine Hennessey, Mackenzie May Morgan, and Justin Hennessey of Chelmsford, MA, Karen Joyce, husband, Alfred and their children, Alexander and Alana of East Longmeadow, MA, Deborah Molleur of Springfield, MA, Brian Molleur, his wife, Jolie and their children, Hannah and Kayla of Southwick, MA; She also leaves behind brother-in-law, John Bergholm and his wife, Marilyn of Westford, MA and their sons, John, William, Steven, and Douglas and their families.

Carol was a dear friend to many.

Her kindness and bright smile will be remembered and cherished by those whose lives she touched.

Special thanks go out to the caregivers, clinicians and staff who cared for her over the years from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Little Rivers Healthcare.

Her family will celebrate a private memorial ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to continue Carol's work with children in foster care to VFAFA (Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association) Children's Activity Fund, P.O. Box 220, Graniteville, VT 05654, www.vfafa.org

Published in Lowell Sun on Oct. 6, 2013
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