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Carol A. Wooledge
December 1, 1942 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Carol A. Wooledge passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 9th. She lived a beautiful, full life of 81 years.
Carol was born on December 1st, 1942 in Cincinnati, OH, a daughter of Robert Carl and Charlotte Loretta (Daly) Giesse. Growing up, she lived in a few other places (Palo Alto, CA and Bettendorf, IA) before returning to Cincinnati where she married Jack Wooledge on December 6, 1969.
Carol (Bobbi) graduated from Bettendorf High School in Iowa and then went on to the University of Illinois. She graduated in 1966 with a BS in Fine Arts and Advertising Design where she was a pioneer women’s athlete in Wheelchair sports. She competed in many national and international games including two Paralympics, Tokyo in 1964 and Israel in 1968 where she won 4 gold and 4 bronze medals combined for the U.S. In 1983 she was inducted into the National Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She competed in her last national competition while she was 4 months pregnant.
Carol enjoyed a multitude of hobbies including miniatures, reading, watching Reds games, entering into political debates, crocheting and gardening. Carol has been an active member of Montgomery Women’s Club for over 40 years with some of her favorite activities being the Garden Club, Book Club, Town Hall Lecture Series, Investment Club and the Christmas Decorating committee. She was also involved with the book club at Good Shepherd. During her time at the Seasons, Carol enjoyed participating in the exercise classes, the garden group, book club and wine tasting.
One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her grandchildren. Carol thrived when she was surrounded by her grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed watching them play sports; participate in musical concerts at school; cheering on their antics in the swimming pool in the back yard; and supporting them in whatever they pursued. She was so very proud of how all seven of them were growing up. Carol’s very favorite time of the year was the Christmas holidays when she could decorate the tree with ornaments and her house with Santas. But the very best part of Christmas was that she would be surrounded by her family.
Carol had a very dynamic personality. She could carry on a conversation with anyone and became friends with whomever she came across – colleagues, other soccer moms, neighbors, anyone who came to the house to do work, her hair dresser, the grocery clerk or the landscapers. Carol had an unparalleled determination and perseverance to overcome her disability and never let her paraplegia be front and center of who she was. Jack said that from the first time he met Carol she made an impression on him because of her confidence in herself and her ability to do whatever she wanted to do.
Left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband John Wooledge III; children Lara (Michael) Duncan, Bradley (Pamela) Wooledge, Ann Wassmann, and David Wooledge. Grandchildren Nicholas (Alyssa) Duncan, Christopher Duncan, Matthew (Alexis) Duncan, Dillon Wooledge, Brittany Duncan, Audrey Wooledge, and Lucas Wooledge. Great grandchildren Raelynn, Charlie Rose, and Finley; her brother Robert (Cheryl) Giesse Jr. and nephew Robert Giesse III; and many friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20th at Good Shepherd, 8815 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH from 11:00 am to Noon followed by a Memorial Mass. Memorial donations may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.