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Carolyn Holmes, 90, of Milford, CT, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 15, 2023. Born on October 11, 1932, in Dudley, MA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Menzner) Snyder. Carolyn was the loving wife of Jack Holmes for 65 years.
In addition to her husband, Carolyn is survived by her children, Jeff Holmes of Oxford, CT, Tracy Caristinos of Milford, CT, and Kimberly Rogers of Ormond Beach, FL; her grandchildren, Carolyn Holmes, Justin Holmes, Michael Caristinos, Brittney Whitman, and Shyla Rogers. She is predeceased by her brother, Frank Snyder of Newark, DE, her sister, Esther Stocklin of Webster, MA and her brother, Albert Snyder of Webster, MA.
Carolyn attended Bartlett High School in Webster, MA. She then attended Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester, MA (now known as UMass Memorial), followed by the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT where she earned a B.S. in Nursing.
Carolyn started her career at Bridgeport Hospital, then Yale Hospital and finally Milford Hospital. She then was employed as a school nurse for the City of Milford from 1966 to 1995. She enjoyed caring for her patients, adults and especially children. Always driven to help others, Carolyn treated everyone with kindness and compassion remembering “you could be a patient someday and how would you want to be treated”.
Carolyn was an avid gardener with an assortment of colorful flowers blooming all year long as well as cucumbers, tomatoes, and blueberries. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, word games, jigsaw puzzles, and playing along with Jeopardy! She was passionate about antiquing, with her prized possessions including a functioning juke box and a player piano to fill the home with music. She lovingly maintained correspondence with friends and relatives through handwritten letters.
Her fondest memories included caring for her children and grandchildren, decorating and hosting holiday and family gatherings, Mother’s Day at Central Grammar School where she helped the kindergartners select their plants at the annual plant sale, and the many excursions tracking down a favorite antique.
All services will be private per Carolyn’s wishes. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff of Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.