Carol V. Bollinger

July 22, 1942June 5, 2019
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Carol V. Bollinger, 76, of Oneonta, New York passed away peacefully in her home after a brief illness surrounded by family on the evening of June 5, 2019. Carol was born in Flushing, New York on July 22, 1942 and grew up in Wantagh, New York, where she became the second woman ever to be crowned Miss Wantagh in 1957. Carol moved to Oneonta with her husband, Charlie, and two children in 1969 when Charlie got a job at the Oneonta Post Office. Carol and Charlie were married for just short of 55 years before Charlie passed away on January 24th of this year.

After moving to Oneonta, Carol worked for the Oneonta City School District for a short time before starting her beloved career in food service at SUNY Oneonta, where she worked for over 40 years. Carol was passionate about her job and built many lasting relationships with friends who became family during her time there, and was named an honorary alumna by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association in 2017. She was widely known among campus students as a source of love, support, and light throughout the years. Carol also acted as the union steward for the food service labor union for several years and built a reputation as a trusted and loyal advocate for her fellow employees.

In addition to her career at SUNY Oneonta, Carol devoted much of her life to political advocacy. She was a member of the Otsego County Women’s Republican Club and the City of Oneonta Republican Committee for many years, carrying on a long family tradition of political involvement.

Though she thoroughly enjoyed everything she did throughout her life, Carol’s most cherished role was that of “Nana” to her five grandchildren. Carol will be missed by her daughter, Susan Kurkowski and her husband, Kevin, of Oneonta, New York; her son, John Bollinger and his wife, Lia, of Williamsburg, Virginia; her grandchildren Kaitlyn O’Connor of Richmond, Virginia, Kyle and Kevin Kurkowski of Oneonta, New York, and Caroline and Abigail Bollinger of Williamsburg, Virginia; her sister Susan Cannizzaro and her husband, Joe, of Voorhees Township, New Jersey; her sister-in-law Midge Finck and her husband, Eddie, of Levittown, New York. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation and thanks to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, especially Soraya, Amy, Ellen, Stacey and Kelly for their loving care of Carol and her family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to honor Carol make donations to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, New York 13820, in Memory of Carol V. Bollinger.

For those who wish to celebrate Carol’s life, the family will hold calling hours on Wednesday, June 12th from 5-7 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street in Oneonta. The family will hold a short service at 7 pm following the calling hours for those who wish to stay.

Online condolences to the family can be made at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019


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Terry & Sharon collins

June 13, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Carol's passing. We lived for 2 years next to them in Meadowlane mobile home park.

Many great memories of Carol, Charlie, Susan and John

Rest in peace and may God Bless !

Laura and David Lincoln

June 12, 2019

We would like to send our most sincerest condolescences to Carol’s family. She was a wonderful woman whose smile could light up a room. She will be missed.

Taylor Medici

June 11, 2019

Dear Carol’s family,

Carol was one of the many people who created our little Mill’s Marketplace family when me and my classmates worked for Sodexo. We had the pleasure of working with her from 2013-2016. She was always there to give a helping hand and was always a joy to talk too. One day at work, I got some bad news from my Mom that my dog passed away. Carol showed me the out most kindest and gave me a card that I still have today. She was an amazing woman and I still to this day share the stories she told me. Me and my other Marketplace workers are very sorry for your loss and we will always remember Carol when we go and visit Oneonta.

Taylor, Hannah, and Shannon


June 11, 2019

We just learned of Carol's passing and we are so sorry for your loss. Bob and I knew Charlie and Carol through the Tiderencels. So long ago it seems. We would all get together at Don and Harriet's home at some point during all the holidays. Carol had the best sense of humor and her joy was infectious. We still have a wood rocking chair that she gave to us all those years ago. I just know that she is somewhere laughing with Charlie and Harriet.
Wishing you peace,
Bob and Linda Mahoney

Kerry Nelson

June 9, 2019

I worked for Carol at the coffee shop at the beginning of the '80s. She was inspiration and motivation, though I doubt any of us thought of her that way at the time. All we knew was that she made us look forward to our work hours. She wasn't about playing mother to all of us young, temporary Oneontans. But, she did anchor that world for many of us . -- We could count on Carol to rock us back on our feet with her unique blend of compassion and acerbic wit. My condolences on her passing and on Charlie's as well.

Kathy Utter

June 8, 2019

Dear Sue & Family I just loved your Mom she was the sweetest lady we had some great talks and she always had the best attitude and advice she will surely be missed I am sending my deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time.❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

Mary Ann Barnes

June 8, 2019

Always enjoyed sharing with Carol. A true friend. Best time of sharing was when I sat with her at Kyle's graduation party. Will miss her terribly.

Mary Hathaway

June 7, 2019

My condolence to the family. I have known Carol for many years and she was so very friendly and always had a smile and always asked about my family. The last I saw her was at St Mary's for Charlie's funeral. She spoke to me about becoming a volunteer now that she was retired. She was a very energetic lady and wanted to continue to do things. Now she is at peace and with Charlie . Keep all your family memories alive with your family. God will take care of her.

Anne Buckwheat

June 7, 2019

When my husband Ken worked in the bookstore under Carol's guidance, sometimes I would visit him with our 4 y/o daughter. One of my favorite memories was when she took Melissa to the ice cream shop across the hall for her special treat. I'll never for get that :) Sending so much love to everyone. Carol was such an amazing woman

Allison Myers

June 7, 2019

I worked with Carol while a student at SUCO between 1988 and 1991. She was a student favorite, always ready with a smile, a warm greeting, and often a smart-aleck remark -- took no nonsense (or at least gave as good as she got), but enjoyed a good laugh and could be counted on to lend an ear to tell your worries to or even a shoulder to cry on. I can't think of any other staff or faculty member that I would try to see on visits to Oneonta after graduation. All of her honorary "kids" from her forty years at SUCO will miss her and think of her fondly.