CARON, REGINA & JOSEPH
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Regina Caron, 92 and
Joseph Caron, 91
Ocala - Both widowed, Regina and Joe met in the spring of 1981 on a golfing blind date in Ocala, and married that fall. Together they lived in Marion Oaks, Ocala, and Dunnellon. They spent the last few years of their lives in an assisted living facility in Orlando, where they were lovingly looked after by their niece, Barbara Aboushahba.
The Carons enjoyed golfing several times a week well into their 80s, and looked forward to annual vacations at their timeshares in Sanibel Island, Branson, MO and Tenn. They also cruised to Alaska, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean, and visited family and friends on extended auto trips to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Quebec. Jeannie and Joe welcomed many guests to their home over their years together, and were known for their faithful adherence to serving light hors d'oeuvres and highballs for the 5 o'clock cocktail hour.
Regina was born in Pennsylvania to Carl and Genevieve Daley Cairns, the second of four children. She lived for many years in Erie, PA, where she was a buyer and department head for Halle Bros. Department Store. In February 1980, not long after they retired to Ocala, her husband of nearly 40 years, Edward Nowak, died. They had no children. Regina enjoyed bridge, crafts, and reading, in addition to golf. Besides her sister, Mary Jayne Williams, "Aunt Jeannie" is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She died in December, 2011 at the age of 92 of Alzheimer's.
Joseph Ernest Caron was born in Bedford, Quebec to Ernest and Bertha Sequin Caron. He immigrated to the United States as a young man and spent his career as a needle division foreman at the Torrington Company in Torrington, Conn. He was married for over 30 years to Julie Krulicki, until her death in 1977. They also had no children. One of Joe's hobbies was woodworking, which he used to woo Jeannie by offering to fix a chair for her the first time they met. Gardening and winemaking were other interests, but all took a back seat to golf. Of his many brothers and sisters, Joe is survived by his brother Jean Guy Caron, and sisters Madaline Caldwell, Lucie Cheney and Claire Legeaurl, as well as several nieces and nephews. Joe died October 20 of Alzheimer's just a two weeks after going out on his last weekly lunch date with his niece, Barbara.
Friends are invited to join the extended families of Regina and Joe Caron for a funeral mass and memorial service Tuesday, November 20. Mass will be at their church Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW Highway 200, Ocala at 8:30 a.m. The memorial service will be at Highland Memorial Park, 1515 NE Third Street in Ocala, at 10 a.m., in the Celebration of Life room.
Memorial donations may be made in their names to the
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012