Carole Ann Carano
1943 - 2020
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Carole Ann Carano
March 13, 1943 - August 11, 2020
San Diego
Carole Ann "Koko" Hershberger Carano, an exceptional person, left us on August 11, 2020 in San Diego, California. She was an artist, mother, spiritualist, and the embodiment of love. Koko was born in Los Angeles, California on March 13, 1943 to John William Hershberger and Emma Valeria Racki Hershberger, their first of eight children. She attended Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, graduating in 1961. Koko went on to attend the University of Arizona where she studied art. She married Anthony Carano, another Salpointe grad, in 1965 in Tucson.

Koko's artistic talent was discovered in early life when she was able to draw with accuracy. She pursued this talent throughout her life. As a teen, Koko created a wall mural of Pocahontas for the Boy Scouts Jamboree in Tucson. She drew fashion designs for the local newspaper while in high school.

Her artistic medium was everything: drawing, painting, sculpture, cartooning, sewing, fairyland construction, art on t-shirts, skateboards, and whatever else she could decorate. Koko created countless pieces of art for her family and friends. Having three grandchildren inspired her to keep creating until she simply couldn't do it anymore. Her grandkids will always treasure the art she made for them.

Koko's heart, mind and art were deeply affected by her Christianity which galvanized, fed, and consoled her. She often said Christ told her to 'Be Free'.

Koko was preceded in death by her parents, her loving daughter, Nicki, and nephew, Matthew. She has three surviving beloved sons, Michael, Joey (Stephanie), and David (Dana) and three grandchildren, Toler, Loretta and Nicholas. She will be cherished by her siblings, Donald (Sheila), Rita (Frederick), John, Lois (Thom), James, Maggie (Dave) and Susie (Michael); as well as her nephews and nieces, Andy, Rebecca, James, Sarah, Zane, and Ford. Koko requested no services. As she said, 'Be Free' and so she is.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Sep. 12, 2020.
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September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Carano family for your loss. I have never met KoKo but have always heard about her artistic talent. Just recently I saw some of her work and was charmed by the whimsical nature of expression. Her family is large and full of love ...remember her and remember her talent.
Melody Webster
September 23, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Carano family for your loss. I have never met KoKo but have always heard about her artistic talent. Just recently I saw some of her work and was charmed by the whimsical nature of expression. Her family is large and full of love ...remember her and remember her talent.
Melody Webster
September 22, 2020
A beautiful person, inside & out. Her God given talents in artistry will live on forever for those of us fortunate to have a '61 yearbook, & subsequent reunion yearbooks. Rest in Peace, dear classmate.
Jerrie & Albert Carreras

jerrie carreras
Classmate
September 18, 2020
Francie Jaskoski Hilkemeyer left us in June this year. I know she would want me to send her condolences and remembrances from Salpointe class of 1961 and all the yearbook production memories. I knew her as well and Koko was a vibrant person. Be Free.
Jim Hilkemeyer
Friend
September 17, 2020
Dear Don, Sheila, and family,
So sorry to hear about your beautiful sister Koko. I still cherish the yearbook she did at Salpointe. What an incredible talent! My prayers and best wishes to all of your family. May she rest in peace!
Alice Snodgrass
Classmate
September 17, 2020
KoKo was a dear friend of mine and my roomate at the UofA. She was one of the most lovely and dear people I have every known. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. Free is the word that describes her best..Kate Dillon (Manemann) Salpointe '61
Katherine Dillon
Friend
September 17, 2020
Anytime KoKo could use her artistic talent she would. So, Halloween was no different. I was KoKo’s sister-in-law and in “1965” we decided to dress up.
She started with a large hook nose for me, made out of clay, and a very large pug nose for herself. We were a sight.....went out and had a great time. I will always remember what a FUN time we had.
She will be missed.
LU Reffkin
Grand Parent
September 17, 2020
Dear Don, Sheila and Family!

Koko will be missed by so many of us who knew you and her at Salpointe, Please know that you and all your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you! Nancy Monroe and Class of 62
Nancy Monroe
Classmate
September 17, 2020
Koko: I have good memories of our years together at Salpointe. God bless you and your family,.

Linda O'Leary Bagnell
Linda Bagnell
Friend
September 17, 2020
I remember Koko as a dear friend in High School. She was talented and good friend.

God bless her and her family,
Linda O'Leary Bagnell
Linda O'Leary Bagnell
Friend
September 17, 2020
Koko: I considered you a dear friend and classmate. I will pray for you and your family and hope we will meet again in the next life.

God bless,
Linda O'Leary Bagnell
Linda O'Leary Bagnell
Family
September 17, 2020
Good by KOKO you were a good Friend and a great classmate all my best with love ❤
Terry McGrath
Terry McGrath
Classmate
September 17, 2020
Koko, my beautiful, caring and talented classmate at Salpointe High School. She will forever be memorialized by her distinctive illustrations for our yearbook. Condolences to your entire family.
Cindy Ciampa-Johnson
Classmate
September 17, 2020
Sincerely sorry for your lost.
Prayers
Dr Gary J Proksch
Classmate
September 17, 2020
The Salpointe Catholic High School community extends deepest sympathy to Carole's family and friends. You are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Salpointe Catholic High School
Friend
September 16, 2020
Koko was my Mother-in-Law. She loved her Grandkids so much. Toler, Loretta, and Nicholas were so important to her. She made beautiful art for them and with them. We miss her so much and know she is now with Nicki and all of her family that has passed before her. I know she is bringing her love of nature and beauty to all in heaven. We love you Koko, and miss you very much.
Dana Bergeson
Family
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