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Carol KILLELEA-BREESE

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  • "It is with profound sadness that I just today learned of..."
    - Captain Travis Beach
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    - Vivienne Powell
  • "Gary Anderson told me recently of Carol's passing. We were..."
  • "We miss you so much, Aunt Carol. See you on the other side."
    - Patricia Killelea-King
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    - Steven Glissmeyer



KILLELEA-BREESE, Carol
Carol was born on Friday, 5 May 1957 at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska and passed away, February 10, 2010, as a result of complications from Lung Cancer. She was 52 years old at the time of her death. Her father, Charles J. Killelea was in the US Armed Forces for over thirty years. Her mother, Martha M. Killelea, met her future husband while working in Avon Park Officer's Club Florida.
Carol attended schools at or near Travis AFB, eventually graduating from Vanden High School in 1975. She participated in a variety of school organizations with an emphasis upon the rights of girls to fully participate in all activities available to boys. She was Student Body Treasurer and as a member of the Honor Society. Carol became a prolific speaker and writer in both English and Spanish. Her high academic, professional work ethics and personal standards were apparent from a very early age. These talents would be remarked upon and acknowledged in high school, college, in her private life, and, during her 20 year military career.
In the military, she helped write some of the USAF Equal Opportunity Guidelines. In addition, she would become a copywriter for a marketing firm in the 1990's, using her gifted writing skills to market sun protective clothing, until she was injured during military service in 1998, when she had to retire from professional service. However, she did not quit writing and eventually, her poems would be recognized and published - one was notably used during a POW ceremony in 1989. In addition, her poetry was published in the International Anthology of Poetry and her poetry will be published in an Anthology of her works at a later date.
She went too soon. Not because she was anybody that was special in the legerdemain of popular culture, but because her love and compassion for others were so profound, so natural, that she could not keep from reaching out to those in need, even when she was in extreme pain herself.
We know that a bright light in this world has been darkened and a piece of our hearts is now missing. We rejoice with the thought of seeing her in heaven where we know she is now without the pain of this life.
Carol is survived by: her husband, the Reverend Doctor Tyler Breese and her siblings: Theresa A. Killelea, Patrick A. Killelea, Mary L. Killelea, Kathleen M. Wright, her twin sister Karen (Killelea) Gray, Michael C. Killelea and Helen (Killelea) Kahout. She is the beloved aunt of Weldon (DJ) Gray III, Jennifer L. Wright, and Patricia A. Killelea.
A Memorial Mass will be held at the Lind Brothers Mortuary Chapel, 4221 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael, CA at 2pm Monday, March 1st. Contact # 916-482-8080
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