Carol Misch

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Carol Lynn was born Saturday, July 1, 1967, on the “The Greatest Canada Day of them all” according to Robert Fulford. She was Chesley's Centennial baby. Her parents, William “Bill” G.A. and Leona “Lee” (Rowan) Mink, as well as older sister Penny, welcomed her following the untimely death of her older brother, Terry, who died in infancy. 

In many ways, 1967 was a happy summer and the Americans called it the summer of love. Indeed, peace and love reigned. It should come as no surprise then that Carol came to be known as a caring, loving, kind and thoughtful person. She loved to help both family and friends, neighbours and strangers alike. Carol always took the time to chat and ask how things were. As one condolence put it, “Her words of wisdom were greatly heard… her sharing gestures were greatly shared... her kindness passed to the greatness of all our hearts.”

Carol attended Chesley Public School and later Chesley District High School. She soon began a high school co-op with the local Board of Education and took a job there following school. During these early years, Carol began to play baseball and thoroughly enjoyed it. This passion for sports continued throughout the rest of her life. 

In the mid 80's Darren Robert Misch moved in with a cousin in Chesley. Darren’s cousin was a next-door neighbour of Carol’s and in time the two began dating. After four years of dating, Carol and Darren were wed, on June 27, 1992 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Chesley. What followed quickly became Carol’s newest passion and tremendous pride. Zachary Robert was born in 1993 followed by Jacob William Robert in 1996 and Madison Nicole in 2000. No one was better at making everything all right than Carol, and for this, her family was truly thankful.

Carol remained with the School Board until the late 90's. Her life was quite busy with a young, growing family and she was ready for a change. She enjoyed spending additional time caring for and supporting her children. Over the next ten years, in addition to being an active mother, she also worked a variety of odd jobs. In 2008, Carol took a job opportunity with Maple Leaf Foods. She loved her job and her co-workers and served as a Breeders Services Coordinator for the company until her sudden death.

Carol loved her local area and everything it had to offer. She enjoyed taking drives through the countryside to admire its splendour. Tending to her flower garden was yet another passion for Carol. When time allowed, Carol enjoyed watching a variety of crime shows on TV like “Law & Order,” “CSI” and "Criminal Minds.” She also enjoyed watching sports with curling and hockey being her favourites. I am also told she had a soft spot for the TV show "Alf" and this fondness remained into her adult years. Reading crime novels by James Patterson stole some of her time as well as spending time with her beloved dog “Mia”, a Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix.

After living in Chesley for her entire life, Carol and her family moved to Tara in 2019, where Carol was truly embraced. She enjoyed promoting and supporting local, and not so local, animal shelters, businesses, charities, events, and giveaways! She was also a strong proponent for mental health! Most recently, Carol was a major advocate for ‘Holiday Sparkle in Tara.’ This doesn’t come as a surprise as Carol truly loved Christmas and she always went all out! Carol also enjoyed selling AVON for the last two and a half years. The best part of selling Avon for Carol was all the new friends she met.

Two of Carol’s life lessons to her family were, “Never Give Up” and "Be Your Own Person.” And indeed, Carol did as she spoke for she was a profoundly genuine person. Her loving, caring personality will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to meet her!

Sadly, Carol became ill in early December and passed away suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in her 53rd year.

Beloved wife of Darren. Cherished mother of Zachary, Jacob, and Madison. Carol will be dearly missed by her mother Lee Mink of Chesley and her sister Penny Bailey (Murray Johnston) of Chatsworth. She will be fondly remembered by her niece Michelle (Marcus) Eppendorfer and their daughter Sofia; nephew Chris (Karen) Bailey and their son Rylan and the entire Misch family as well as many friends. Carol was predeceased by her father Bill Mink (1998) and brother Terry in infancy. 

The family will receive friends at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 7 – 9 p.m. where a memorial service celebrating Carol’s life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Cheryl Leifso
February 9, 2020
Sending my sympathy to Carol’s family and friends. I met Carol through Avon. She was always happy and so willing to help out. I was saddened to hear of her passing. I can’t imagine how much you all must miss her....thinking of you during this most difficult time.
Trish and Bob Tibbo
February 8, 2020
Lee, Penny, Darren and family. We were so shocked to hear this sad news. Carol will be missed by so many. Praying for you as you walk through this hard time.
James Woods
February 8, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your families at this time.
Debbie Hennig
February 8, 2020
My deepest sympathy to all of you, our hearts break for your loss!
Jack and Ellen Cavill
February 7, 2020
Our sympathy to all of you on the loss of a beautiful lady. Know that these days of grief will give way to years of memories.
Doug Culbert
February 7, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of your loss Darren. Mom (Donna) and the rest of us cousins down here send our condolences
Dan and Sherry Richards
February 7, 2020
Our thoughts are with you all. Carol was a wonderful lady.
February 7, 2020
My deepest condolences to all of you
Theressa and Duane Stade
February 7, 2020
Carol will be deeply missed by the entire Stade family. Lee, Darren, Penny, Zach, Jacob, Maddie please know our hearts are with you now and forever. Know she looking down at you smiling. It was nice to have such a great chat and catch up on the family and children prior to Christmas. She adored my lights and I asked about hers as I know she lives Christmas as much as I. Hugs and prayers sent to you all.
Julie Marshall
February 7, 2020
Carol was a Dear Lady. She will be forever remembered and never forgotten. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Take Care
Al and Marg
February 7, 2020
Darren and family. Al and I wish to send our deepest sympathies. I spoke with Carol around Christmas. We had a great chat. Carol always had a smile and a caring thought for others. Loved playing ball with her many years ago. RIP Carol. hugs to family.
John and Penny Crawford
February 7, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Cherish the memories
Ritchard Taylor
February 6, 2020
I was so saddened to learn of Carol's passing:
Those who have shown us love, brought us joy, and made us laugh, have given us the lasting gifts of a beautiful life - and blessed our memories forever.My sincere sympathy to you, Zack, Maddie & Jake.
Kathy hachey
February 6, 2020
With heavy heart I send condolences of thoughts And prayers for her family and friends
Brad & Jayne Tibbo
February 6, 2020
Lee, Penny, Darren & Family
Our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. Carol always had a beautiful smile and would always take the time to say hi. She was taken far too young. Cherish the wonderful memories ❤️????❤️
Sharon Dawm
February 6, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the whole family in this time of need
Bob and Carol Edwards
February 6, 2020
So sorry for your loss our hearts go out to Darren and his family hugs ❤️
Bob & Glenys Johnson
February 6, 2020
Lee, Deepest Sympathy to you, Darren, Zachary, Jacob & Madison. Prayers for all of you during this very sad time.
Colleen McCulloch
February 6, 2020
Carol was a great person. So sorry for your loss.
Amanda Kerr
February 6, 2020
To Carols family-
My sincere sympathy! Thinking of you Zachary, Jacob and Madison!
Mrs Kerr
Veronica (Feltis) Pegelo
February 5, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Carols family. Carol and I went to public school together. We re connected through work. She was always cheerful to talk with. It was a real shock to hear of her passing. She will be missed.
Deb and Scott Millar
February 5, 2020
So sad to hear of Carol's passing. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.
Tracey Sidwell (Sinclair)
February 5, 2020
Sending my deepest condolences to all of Carol's family. I am still in shock and so sad. I can only imagine how you are feeling during this difficult time. Carol and I were friends in public school up until grade 8, my family moved to Alberta and Carol and I lost contact. I was back home several years ago and had the opportunity to visit with Carol and her Mom. Thank goodness for social media because we kept in contact ever since. Carol will always be in my thoughts, never forgotten.
Jeff & Bobbi Jo Vandervoort
February 5, 2020
Thinking of all of you at this difficult time...Cherish all the great memories xo Had many good chats with Carol and I will cherish them forever xo
Dwayne And Susan Loughlean
February 5, 2020
So saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. She was such a great person. Sincere condolences Darren, Lee, Penny and families
Dwayne and Susan Loughlean
Jeff and Christine Borton
February 5, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Penny Huettlin
February 5, 2020
Lee, Darren and family. My deepest sympathy. Carol will be truly missed.
Donna McKeag
February 5, 2020
Lee and Penny ,and families, I am so sorry and shocked to here about Carol. She always had a smile on her face.. Lee I feel so sorry for you we as adult we should never have to bury our childern Thinking of you .
Lois Londry
February 5, 2020
My deepest heartfelt sympathies. Carol was my best friend when we were young. She was like a big sister. I will never forget the fun times at Reta and Fred's farm.
Dianne & Brian McInnes Goss
February 4, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Darren and family, Penny and Michelle. In this sad time we hope you can find comfort from friends and family and knowing she is not in pain anymore.
Catherine Krause
February 4, 2020
With deepest sympathy to u and ure family . Carol going to miss your smile.
Mary Lynn Johnson (Tosh)
February 4, 2020
My deepest sympathy and thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time , Darren Hugs
Gail and glen bumstead
February 4, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Carol's family this is just so shocking. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.
James & Michele Nesbitt
February 4, 2020
Our hearts go out to the family during this time of sorrow. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Power (Steinhoff)
February 4, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I grew up with Penny, and Carol was a part of our growing up years. I’m so very sorry for your loss
Cathy Misch
February 4, 2020
My heart is with you all at this very difficult time. I'm very grateful to have Carol as my sister-in-law. She was a special addition to our family and will always have a special place in heart. Will miss her dearly.
Lisa and Phillip Emke
February 4, 2020
Our condolences to the family. It's been a few years since we have seen you all, but we have many fond memories of Carol. She was always had a smile, on and off the ball field.
Carol M. Jarvis
February 4, 2020
Deepest sympathy to the Misch family. Very shocked on hearing about Carol.
Loraine Harrison-Karl
February 4, 2020
Such sad news to hear of such a beautiful lady taken too soon.
Carol was our neighbour a long time ago and was always a pleasure to be around. A smile was always on her face and she truly knew how to enjoy life.
Our heartfelt condolences Darren and your family and to all who had the pleasure of knowing Carol. I still cant believe it ????
Leesa (Bell) Swigger
February 4, 2020
Lee, Penny, Darren and family,
Sending my deepest sympathies to you all at this tragic time! I have so many wonderful childhood memories of time spent together as kids! Carol always had a smile and kind word! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this difficult journey.
Sarah Prentice (Merrifield)
February 4, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family.
Kathleen Hurst Scott
February 4, 2020
My deepest sympathies. May the wonderful, happy memories help get you through this difficult time.
Judy and Larry Schmidt
February 4, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Rick and Joan Denomy
February 4, 2020
Lee, Darren and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. May the happy memories you have carry you through this difficult time.
Cheryl Hill
February 4, 2020
My sympathies to Carol's family. Such a terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
karen siegrist
February 4, 2020
Lee and family my sincere sympathy in the loss of Carol. My thoughts are with you all,
karen siegrist
February 4, 2020
Lee and family my sincere sympathy in the loss of Carol. My thoughts are with you all,
Randi Varga
February 4, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.
Amanda Lipskie
February 4, 2020
Thinking about you all at this difficult time. Carol was amazing woman and will be deeply missed. May she rest in peace.
Pamela & Robert Bell
February 4, 2020
Lee, Penny & Family
Darren, Zach, Jacob & Madison,
Please accept our deepest sympathies, thinking of all of you during this time of sadness, wishing you peace...
April wilson
February 4, 2020
My deepest condolences
Krista Kerr (MacDougall)
February 4, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Carol's family. I had the pleasure of being Carol's neighbor on 4th Ave SW for many years. She always had time to chat and see how the kids were. I was sad to hear of the news of her passing.
Nicole & Morgan McIver
February 4, 2020
Our deepest sympathies are with you all. Carol was truly one of the most genuine people I knew. We had the pleasure of being neighbours for 20 years.
Valerie and Mark Hughson
February 4, 2020
Our deepest condolences Darren, Zach, Maddie and Jake. Carol’s kindness and love are a part of you all. How proud she would be.
May those memories Support you in the days ahead. Xx

Rick Minke
February 4, 2020
Our hearts and prayers are with all of you in the time of great sadness. She will be very missed from all of us. The Minkes
Shirley Young
February 4, 2020
Deepest sympathies to all of you. Such a sweet lady. We will miss her.
Norma Thornton
February 4, 2020
Thinking about you penny and sending caring thoughts. Take care
Joanne & Paul McLaren
February 4, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

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