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Carole R. Firlie
  • Passed away on September 29, 2019

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Carole Rose Firlie, age 79, who unexpectedly passed away at The Villages Regional Hospital on September 28, 2019.  She left us way too soon.

Carole was born on November 9, 1939 in Cumberland, Maryland.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, P. Edward Firlie, her three sons and spouses, Michael & Leslie of Zurich of Switzerland, Marc & Marialena of Timonium, Maryland, Danny & Brenda of Sarasota, Florida and her beautiful daughter Meghan of Richmond, Virginia, twelve very loved grandchildren: Marissa, Lucas, Brendan, Julialyn, Alexis, Renate, Cole, Benjamin, Jade, Mikayla, Quinn, & Parker, and her only living sibling Danny Keller.  She is preceded in death by her parents Wallace and Mary Agnes Keller, sister Jeannine (Joe) Monteleone and brother Wallace Keller Jr.

Prior to moving to The Villages Carole and Ed lived in Cumberland, Maryland for 66 years. After raising their four children and leaving a legacy of Firlies and Kellers (maiden name), they moved to The Villages for the next adventurous chapter of their lives. Carole was very active in The Villages. She was active in numerous clubs: yoga, book, bunco, belly dancing, clogging, mahjong, water aerobics, and most recently the beach club.  Never a dull moment. She attended Saint Timothy Catholic Church and was a member of the Women’s Guild.  In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, cheering loudly for her favorite baseball Tampa Bay Rays, and football team, the Redskins, puzzles, watercolor painting, decorating, shopping and most importantly spending time with her friends and family.  Carole was a devoted and fun-loving spouse, incredible mother and spectacular grandmother aka “GiGi”.

Ed & Carole recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Carole was just shy of her 80th birthday.  Please come join us in celebrating the wonderful life of Carole Rose Firlie, she will be sorely missed by all!

Memorial services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Saint Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church.


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  1. Tom Lauzau says:
    22 Dec 2019
    Marc and family,

    I ran across Carole's obituary while looking at the Times-News online. I'm very sorry to read about her passing. The last time I saw her (or any of you) was 1979. I remember well however, what a nice person she was and how she always made me feel welcome in her home.

  2. Iris Stegmaier says:
    05 Oct 2019
    My deepest sympathy to the Firlie family ,condolences and prayers in your time of sorrow. Carole will be missed by those who knew her.
    Iris Stegmaier and family

  3. Iris Stegmaier lit a candle:
    05 Oct 2019
    Lit since October 5, 2019 at 10:23:07 AM

  4. Nancy Oster Heydt says:
    04 Oct 2019
    Carole with an "e" recruited me for Hibiscus Book Club the first time I met her. Her cheer and humor always lightened meetings, even if we were reading a tragedy. She leaves a wonderful family who will have to smile when remembering her and will be again made whole by recounting Gigi stories.
    My thoughts and condolences are with you. Carole will remain warmly in our hearts.

  5. Sue and Mike McLuckie lit a candle:
    03 Oct 2019
    Lit since October 3, 2019 at 10:06:30 PM

  6. James Struntzj says:
    03 Oct 2019
    Ed and Family,
    Our sincere condolence on the loss of Carole .May you find Peace in the many
    happy memories you shared.God Bless you and your Family.
    Jim and Roberta Struntz

  7. Kara Blake Pley says:
    03 Oct 2019
    My sympathies to you all. She had a beautiful smile that could always cheer you up.

  8. Ed and Kathy (Firlie) Seroskie says:
    03 Oct 2019
    Eddie and family. Ed and I were very sorry to hear about Carole’s death. She certainly had a wonderful life with you and all your kids and grandkids. It’s great she lived every day to the fullest. May God Bless and Keep you all during this sad time.

  9. Peg Gillum says:
    03 Oct 2019
    Dear Ed and family,
    We send our deepest sympathizes. Carol was and will always be remember as a great lady.
    Bob & Peg (Scott) Gillum

  10. Sean and Polly Brooks says:
    03 Oct 2019
    What a beautiful light Carol was! Always smiling and full of joy! We were blessed to have gotten to know her thru Meghan and cherish the lovely memories created on her visits to Richmond! Rest In Peace lovely lady! You will be greatly missed!

  11. Margy & Jim Hudson says:
    02 Oct 2019
    Ed and family. We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Carole was a beautiful person. She was so good to my mom when you all lived in Cumberland. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  12. Kay feigley lit a candle:
    02 Oct 2019
    Lit since October 2, 2019 at 10:47:12 PM

  13. Kay feigley says:
    02 Oct 2019
    Our prayers are with your family i worked with carole at memorial hospital .she always has a smile and was very helpful thank you carole for being my friends kay and dick feigley

  14. Jane Roderick says:
    02 Oct 2019
    Our deepest sympathy to the Firlie Family.
    Mrs. Firlie was a wonderful neighbor, with only kindness and gentle words for us and our two daughters. She was central to caring atmosphere of our neighborhood.
    Meghan, my heart is with you.

    Jim and Jane Roderick
    Formerly of Growdenvale Drive, Cumberland, MD> Mrs. .

  15. Rosie Femi Thomas says:
    02 Oct 2019
    Ed so very sorry. Prayers for you all. Carle was a super nice friend and classmate. Hugs and prayers to you and family, Rosalie Femi Thomasrosie femi thomas

  16. Carol Lomaglio says:
    02 Oct 2019
    Will miss my friend terribly ...Carole with an E. And I know that George H the photographer will miss his Carol(e) s also. Remembering all the good times we had at book club and cruises. Heaven will never be the same now that Carole has arrived! Thoughts and prayers to Ed and family. With much sadness and love, Carol and Peter Lomaglio (St. Augustine)

  17. Kim hastings says:
    02 Oct 2019
    Carole rose my crazy aunt! She helped me through my mothers passing and became an important part of my life. She enjoyed life to the fullest and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

  18. Jo Ann & Ed Lease says:
    02 Oct 2019
    So very sorry to hear of Carole’s passing. Sending prayers to you and your family for comfort and peace. May God bless and keep you in His care.

  19. Rose MacMillan says:
    02 Oct 2019
    I am so sorry to hear the news of Mrs. FIrlie's passing. The few times I met her, she was so full of life and energy that it's hard to imagine that light being extinguished. I know she loved her children and grandchildren very much and hope that they and Mr. Firlie can focus on the happy memories they have of her.

  20. Rose MacMillan lit a candle:
    02 Oct 2019
    Lit since October 2, 2019 at 10:11:17 AM

  21. Rose MacMillan lit a candle:
    02 Oct 2019
    Lit since October 2, 2019 at 10:10:16 AM

  22. Anne Blake says:
    02 Oct 2019
    So very shocked and saddened to hear of Carol's passing. She and I talked when my husband Carl was in the hospital and caught up on our grandchildren. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. She was such a beautiful and fun-loving lady. Prayers for Ed and all the family.

  23. Jan Alderton says:
    02 Oct 2019
    So sorry to learn of Carole’s death. She and I were first cousins. She will be remembered for her love of family and her vibrant personality. A wonderful person. May she Rest In Peace.

  24. Mickey McDade says:
    01 Oct 2019
    To the entire Firlie family, I'm shocked and deeply saddened to hear this heartbreaking news. She was a lovely lady. You are in my prayers! Love & hugs

  25. Bobbi Werner says:
    01 Oct 2019
    Carole. has been such a force in my every day life.Thanks for the memories, Bobbi

  26. Bobbi Werner says:
    01 Oct 2019
    Carole has been such a force n my everyday life. Thanks for the memories. Bobbi

  27. Dr.Patricia Mace- Leonard says:
    01 Oct 2019
    Dear Eddie and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Carole. She was a great classmate and friend during our years together at Alco High School. You and your family have my deepest sympathy and prayers during these difficult times.
    With deepest Sympathy,
    Patty Mace-Leonard

  28. Beverly kwalick lit a candle:
    01 Oct 2019
    Lit since October 1, 2019 at 10:59:35 PM

  29. Harold & Carol Ann Mooar posted an image:
    01 Oct 2019
    Fun with Carole
    Fun with Carole

  30. Dr. Larry J. Smith says:
    01 Oct 2019
    To the Firlie Family,
    I am most saddened to hear of the passing of Carole. An enormously loving wife and mother, Carole perpetually exemplified devotion to her faith. Indeed, she was among the rarest of examples of sincerity, kindness and compassion, Carole always shared her gentle loving spirit with encouragement. When Marc, Dick Trask and I had the privilege of attending MD Boys State at Ft. Meade during the summer of our Junior year, Carole went out of her way to extend kind words of encouragement upon our return. She was always eager to share her selfless kindness with others. Her kindness was only equaled by a sense of humor that illuminated all in her presence. A shining example of faith and family providing the foundation of a fulfilled life, to be sure, her spirit was authentic. That authentic spirit of kindness is omnipresent in Marc. I am certain that she is rejoicing in the life assured to us by our faith. She now cheers among the angels and her endless love will be a source of strength that will sustain each of you and the beautiful Firlie family. I am sending up prayers for your family. I was blessed to have been the benefactor of her words of encouragement to a poor kid from North Cumberland. If there is anything that I can do for your family, please do not hesitate to reach me.
    Dr. Larry J. Smith

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