Always caring, ever provocative and loyal to a fault, the outrageously
funny Carole Elizabeth Farrell left her indelible mark on everything she
did throughout her life. A devout but doggedly progressive Catholic, she
faithfully embodied her personal creeds, “Judge not, lest you be
judged,” and “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Quick-witted, compassionate and an Irish poet at heart, Carole leaves
behind a trove of unforgettable memories and one-of-akind stories of a
well-lived life for her family and friends to cherish.
A quiet activist early on in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ozaukee
County, Carole advocated for greater awareness, education and research
to help those suffering from the disease. With the entrepreneurial and
visionary spirit of her father, Jack, in tandem with the creative and
whimsical touch of her mother, Lil, she became an innovative
businesswoman. Her greatest legacy will be, however, the awareness that
she has raised for those, like herself, suffering from schizophrenia and
bipolar disorders and mental illness in general. Born Carole Elizabeth
Catalane on April 26, 1945, in Montclair, N.J., to Lilian Maher and John
Francis Catalane, Carole grew up on the east side of Milwaukee. She
exhibited a gift for music as a young girl and delighted many with her
prowess at the piano. A talented, albeit reluctant cook, Carole was a
“foodie” before they coined the phrase, though she remained steadfast to
her true culinary lifelong loves – orange candy circus peanuts, black
licorice nibs and Van’s creamfilled bon bons. Christmas was her favorite
time of year, so it is only fitting she left this world for the
celestial next to her much loved holiday tune, Perry Como’s “White
Christmas.” Carole was home for Christmas, if only in our dreams.
Carole passed away in hospice care at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital on
Dec. 19, 2013.
Carole is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 45 years,
William John Farrell; her two adoring children, John William Farrell
(Molly) and Shannon Bell Farrell (Leandro); her two beloved
grandchildren, Will Gleason Farrell and Addison Elizabeth Farrell; and
her four sisters, Mary Grace Catalane, Catherine Bury (Chris), Nancy
Catalane and Anne Catalane.
In lieu of flowers, please enjoy a great meal and think of Carole.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory has assisted the family.