LaMonica Memorial Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ


Carol Ann Messina

August 23, 1956May 21, 2020

Carol Ann Messina nee Bimbo (63) of Fredon, NJ passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Newton Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving husband and son.

Born in Newark, Carol and her family moved to Roseland where she was raised and would attend Mount St. Dominic Academy. From a young age, Carol was admired by many, but her heart always belonged to her husband, Bruce. The story she most passionately told was that of when Bruce and she met in kindergarten. By first grade they would be ‘married’ in front of their classmates at Bruce’s childhood home. He endearingly presented her with a Cracker Jack box ring, which still sits along many other family mementos on her armoire.

Bruce and Carol were officially married on March 24, 1979 in front of lifelong friends and family. Shortly after their marriage, they scouted places to live and ultimately settled on a crop of land where they decided to build a home from the ground up. During construction, Carol chipped in like every other worker, meticulously staining all the house trim by hand for hours. Her memory still lives on in their Fredon home, with the trim outlining every doorway, entranceway, and stairwell.

Carol and Bruce welcomed their son Stephen December 30th, 1991, a day she would note as “take home day”, one of the happiest days of her life. Carol’s greatest passion in life was being a mother to Stephen, moving earths to make sure he was happy and taken care of. Every action, every move she made was to be close to him – from traveling around the world to watch him compete, to getting a job at the dojo where he studied karate. Once Stephen set his eyes on hockey, she would be by his side for every game and tournament spanning all North America. Anyone who shared a seat in the rink with her knew when he came out to play the puck because of her passionately reminding him to “Get back in the net!” Her pride and love for Stephen was known by anyone she met. Stephen is reminded of her favorite saying to him in times of adoration: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

A host by nature, with an eye for cooking and a larger than life personality, Carol brought people together from all walks of life. Her dishes and desserts are renowned by many – especially her brownies, pepperoni bread, and black & white cakes which she made for birthdays. Known as ‘Christmas Carol,’ she cherished the Christmas season because it allowed her to give back to others and carry on family traditions which were so important to her. A special tradition she instilled while hosting Christmas Eve was writing the names of loved ones and family that celebrated with her on a special ornament. The ornaments would lovingly hang on the tree in the dining room months after Christmas Day had passed. She valued the time she spent with her adoring parents carrying on family traditions such as baking Easter Pies, rolling struffoli, and preparing a feast for Christmas Eve and Easter.

Carol’s love for others was unmatched. Her warmth was felt everywhere she went, supported by friendships she formed across the globe – from Holland to Alaska and everywhere in between. Although she had many underlying health conditions, she never complained and always put the needs of others above her own with a compassionate smile.

She was the beloved wife of 41 years to Bruce Messina and is survived by her son Stephen, her parents Edmund and Kathleen Bimbo (nee Calabrese), her sisters Donna Bimbo-Kupchack and Toni Vardiman, her brother-in-law Ross Vardiman, and nieces she adored, Alexa and Julia Vardiman. She is cherished by her family and will be missed, but her traditions will be carried on in her honor.

Due to current restrictions, services will be held privately under the direction of the LaMonica Memorial Home in Livingston.

A broader Celebration of Carol’s life will be announced and held at a later date


  • Passed Away

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


Carol Ann Messina

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Jeanne Battaglino

May 26, 2020

Carol , You will always be remembered for your love of life, your sense of humor and your kindness ❤️So happy that I was so fortunate to know you. We will find you sitting next to Jesus, I’m sure🙏❤️I used to live in Fredon until 2008.

Brandi Unchester

May 26, 2020

My earliest memory of Carol was down the shore on the annual “Hess” family summer vacation trip. She played on the beach and in the ocean with us all day. We wanted her to stay longer but she said she had to get home to her husband. I was shocked! I had no idea she was an adult or that she was married. She was probably about 25 at the time but, to me, she seemed no older than 16 or 17. She was so much fun! That’s what I remember most about Carol. And I’m very sorry we have lost her. 🙏🏻❤️

Gina Polverino-Baietto

May 26, 2020

I attended St. Anthony's in Belleville, and Carol and Bruce were my classmates. Although I lost touch with them, I reconnected with Carol on social media many years ago. Her comments were always very kind and caring for myself and my family. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed by family and friends. My prayers and condolences to the families. May she rest in peace.

Meg Schlauch

May 25, 2020

As a fellow Hill “ hockey mom” , I was outmatched in my enthusiasm and vocal captivity by Carol at every game , in every period, home , away , and in an out -of -town tournament!
Carol was a force to be reckoned with as a cheerleader , not only for Stephen , but the whole team !
She brings a smile to my face when I recall her enthusiasm and love for the team that Stephen was playing for and all his teammates ! She will forever be cheering them all on from heaven ! Rest well Carol. 😘😇😢

Alexander van der Linden

May 25, 2020

We first met Carol when she traveled to Holland with my aunt. She was so kind to us as kids. She taught us a song that I still remember till today. I met Carol on our visits to America aswell. Always warm and welcoming! Like an aunt :) She will be greatly missed!!
Alexander van der Linden

Gina La Capra

May 25, 2020

I will always remember Carol from Dockwell's pool. She was a great swimmer and friend. A woman deeply in love with Bruce from the very beginning of their lifelong relationship. I remember how hard she worked to prepare for their wedding. She was a kind, loving, and compassionate woman. The addition of her son to her family was truly a highlight in her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. Rest in peace, Carol. You will be missed by more people then you will ever know. With love and support to you and your family. Gina

Sheila Jentis

May 25, 2020

There are so many fond memories of our younger days, from Christmas Eve dinners at your house, to our stay at Aunt Dolly’s house in Ortley, to the honor of being one of your bridesmaids. Above all else, I’ll always remember the laughter. My heart goes out to. Bruce and Stephen, Kathleen and Ed; and Donna and Toni (and family). I will never forget you, Carol.

Charles Cebula

May 25, 2020

Bruce and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through as I have experienced a loss of my wife after 45 years of marriage. It is hard to get back off your feet but with your family support you will. I remember Carol well during the holidays at Mary Ann Messina's (my sister) house in Belleville. She always had a smile and a great personality. Recently, in the Summer's I saw her at the Italian Festival of the Son's of Italy operating the Zeppole Stand. Her smile and personality always reappeared. I will touch base with you in the near future. Will keep you in my prayers. Chuck

Sandra Moskowitz

May 25, 2020

Heartfelt sympathies to both the Messina and Bimbo families. Although we lost touch after grammar school, I was lucky enough to catch up with her again several years ago at the Chester fair, and looked forward to seeing her every year. She will be missed by so many!

Janice Colvin

May 25, 2020

I met Carol through hockey and we shared a bond as we were both born in Newark. Her loss is deeply felt as she was an amazing hockey Mom and incredible human being. ❤️


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