Passed peacefully from this life on July 26, 2013 at her home in Santa Rosa, California. Born Carole Lynn Clark on December 26, 1944, Carole was raised in Napa with her two brothers, Bart and Tim. The family lived for a time on Carole's grandparents' chicken ranch in Napa, providing Carole with a lifetime appreciation of hard work. Carole moved to Santa Rosa in 1998. Carole was an avid skier and tennis player for much of her life. Her adventurous nature also took her backpacking, zip-lining, horseback riding, skydiving, hot air ballooning and kayaking. One of Carole's greatest pleasures was enjoying the sights and sounds of Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. She loved to walk around the lake with a pair of binoculars trying to spot and identify the many species of birds. She considered Spring Lake to be Santa Rosa's Crown Jewel. In recent years, indulging her love of cooking and entertaining, one of Carole's greatest pleasures was attending The Chef's Holiday in Yosemite in the winter. Carole was no stranger to Yosemite during the summer as well, having summited Half Dome five times. Carole was very active in Rotary International from 1996 until just recently. She belonged to the Santa Rosa Downtown Rotary Club then later the Santa Rosa Sunrise Club, where she was named Rotarian of The Year. Carole opened the Santa Rosa Fastframe framing shop located on Farmers Lane and operated it for sixteen years before closing the doors in 2011. She had a loyal clientele who appreciated the fine craftsmanship of her work. She held the designation Certified Picture Framer, an honor which acknowledged her ability to perform preservation and museum-quality framing. Carole's professional history also included managing a bed and breakfast in Napa and managing the Washington Square Shopping Center in Yountville. While living in Yountville, Carole served as President of the Yountville Chamber of Commerce in 1992. In her final years, the home that she shared with her husband, Al, was a constant joy and reminder of the life she lived, with much of the artwork she had personally framed as well as many family photos and collectibles decorating the house. In 2009, Carole was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Carole battled the disease with strength, courage and grace for four years. During her illness she continued to live life to the fullest, which for her included traveling and nurturing the relationships she held so dear. Her wonderful sense of humor and positive attitude helped guide her through this ordeal as they did her entire life. Carole is preceded in death by her brother, Bart, and her only child, Tracey, whom she loved so dearly. She is survived by her adoring brother, Tim Clark (Beth), and loving husband, Al. She is also survived by her two stepchildren, Abby Ritt (Dave) and Patrick Holcomb (Julie), whom she loved so much. She leaves behind four grandchildren whom she adored: Peter Etchebarren, Keith Andrew, Alyssa Holcomb and Ashlyn Holcomb. Carole also leaves behind nephews Randy Clark, Bart Fortner, Jason Pitner and JD Pitner, and nieces, Shannon Rose, Jamie Pitner and Ashley Pitner. Carole believed we were put on this earth to make a difference and to touch people's lives in a positive way. She truly did this and left this world a better place for having been here. She was loved by so many and will forever hold a place in our hearts and memories. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Carole's life on Wednesday, August 14 at Daniels Chapel of the Roses at 1225 Sonoma Avenue in Santa Rosa. A visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m.
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 4 to Aug. 14, 2013