MARLBOROUGH, MA– Carol Ann Heath Olsen, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Hackensack and raised in Maywood, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Milward and Charlotte (Joseph) Heath.
Carol attended Northwestern University and earned a bachelor’s degree from Finch University.
Carol and Robert Olsen started their family in New York City, moving to Packanack Lake in Wayne, NJ where they raised their four daughters. She was an active member of Packanack Community Church, girl scouts, t-ball and softball and the Packanack Players, spending summers on the West Beach. Playing the Easter Bunny for the annual Wayne Recreation Department Egg Hunt was a favorite of hers.
In her professional life Carol was a teacher and a social worker. A tireless volunteer, she worked as an advocate for low income housing and for people suffering from AIDS. She was an EMT and donated countless hours in the emergency department of the local hospital.
Carol moved to Lincoln Park, NJ and then Naples, FL to be with her mother, before moving to New Hampshire to be near her daughter Erica. She spent the last few years in Marlborough, Massachusetts close to her daughter Katie.
She was an avid traveler and at the age of 65 she fulfilled a lifelong desire to travel to Egypt.
In her spare time Carol could often be found painting, working in the garden and taking part in activities at New Horizon. Sharing her passion for art, Carol spearheaded the creation of the Art Studio at New Horizon where she was the Resident Director. The light filled room was a source of great pride for Carol and joy for many residents.
Above all else, Carol valued her family; her children and grandchildren were her life.
Quick witted and loving until her last breath, Carol will be missed and remembered by her four daughters, Jennifer Dericks and her husband, Keith of Sparta, NJ, Kristin Olsen and her wife, Christine Sammon of Oaklyn, NJ, Erica McCullough and her husband, Tim of New London, NH and Katie St. Germain and her husband, Jon-Paul of Holden; her thirteen grandchildren including Cody, Dillon, Connor, Jeremy, Lexie, Katie, Kenny, Rowan, Aidan, Devin, Anna, Amelia and Remy and a brother, Thomas Heath of Oakville, Canada. She also leaves behind her feathered friend, Grace.
A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to the Art Studio at New Horizons, 400 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.
Arrangements are under the care of Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. www.milesfuneralhome.com