Sandy Springs Chapel

136 Mt Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, GA


Carole K. Brusa

September 23, 1940November 4, 2019

Carole Knowles Brusa passed away peacefully in Atlanta on November 4, 2019 at the age of 79.

Her family, friends, colleagues, and people that crossed her path will remember Carole as a caring and generous mother and friend who influenced others to pursue their dreams, and who taught us all to live life to the fullest with passion and a smile.

Carole was born in Glens Falls, New York on September 23, 1940 to Royal and Marion (Stoyanowski) Knowles. She graduated from Alfred State Technical Institute in 1960 and moved to Rochester, New York to work for Eastman Kodak. In 1964 she married the love of her life, James William Brusa. In 1981, they moved their family to Marietta, Georgia. Carole went to work for the Weather Channel where she managed the travel arrangements for the on-air meteorologists and executives, where she worked for 22 years until her retirement. Soon after retirement, she dedicated more of her time to her church (Roswell United Methodist Church) and strengthened her faith with the Lord.

Her passions included: traveling, tracing her ancestry (Ireland, Scotland and Mohican Indian lineage), cooking, watching the blue birds, playing bunco and tending to her rose garden. But most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She was happiest at the beach with her feet in the sand and watching her grand kids play in the waves and collecting shells.

Carole’s love of music was the soundtrack of her life. An avid piano player in high school and college, she toured with choirs and quartets. She also loved to sing and was an active member of the Roswell United Methodist Church Choir. Carole loved classical and jazz music, as well as Broadway shows, and on occasion Zydeco.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Jim, and her brother Steve. She is survived by her daughter Susan Darrow and her husband David (Austin, TX), her son Peter Brusa and his wife Ginger (Marietta, GA), and her two grandchildren Alex Darrow and Avery Brusa, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held for Carole on Thursday, November 21st at 1:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church - at the Church Chapel located on 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA. The memorial service will be followed by a visitation. The family requests that any donations be made to the cancer organization of your choice in honor of Carole Knowles Brusa.


21 November

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Roswell United Methodist Church Chapel

814 Mimosa Blvd.
Roswell, GA 30075


Carole K. Brusa

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Janet OMalley

November 12, 2019

We loved seeing Carole when she visited Sue & family in Austin. She was so fun to be around and always had us laughing. And she was very kind (I still have the tiny bathing suit she brought Sophia when she was born!)
We wish all of you peace as you grieve -- it's so hard to let go of such a great Mom. No doubt she'll be watching over you with that beautiful smile of hers.
Peace & love,
Janet, Mansoor, Bella, & Sophia

Julie Riley

November 7, 2019

When Carole’s son, Peter, and began working together and became friends, Carole “adopted” me into the “family.” I was alone in Atlanta and I got to inherit a new family. Between our love for all things Irish and great music, Carole was a constant. I’m going to miss her so much. Many great memories and her infectious laugh will remain in my memory. Love to all who loved her.

Catherine Crossley

November 7, 2019

Oh how I loved sweet Carole. She was always happy and loved everyone. I loved having occasions where we met for dinner or lunch and told funny jokes or stories. She will be missed and went too soon. Carole is with Jesus now in His Loving Arms, and reunited with the love of her life. She is not in pain or despair. Our prayers go out to the Brusas, Darrows, and Markerts . May God give you comfort and peace. Sending you all much love and big hugs! Tom-Cat

Peter Brusa

November 7, 2019

My mom loved the mountains just as much as a white sandy beach...and for her 70th birthday, we rented a cabin with the Darrows, Markerts and grand kids...ate great food, drank great wine and just laughed the weekend away. She really was at peace with fresh mountain air and a nice fire.

Peter Brusa

November 7, 2019

Carole always loved good BBQ and her son Peter became infatuated with perfecting his perfect brisket on his Big Green Egg. She met Aaron Franklin (Austin, TX) a few years ago and always thought her son's BBQ was on par with Aaron's brisket. She will be missed.

Sue Darrow

November 7, 2019

Peter Brusa

November 7, 2019

Mom always loved REAL and authentic Italian food and we have been going to La Strada in East Cobb since 1983. Her happiness is infectious in this pic and always ordered the same dash for years.

Peter Brusa

November 7, 2019

Last year for Christmas, our family spent time near Sea Side Beach with mom. She was so happy with white sand and no white snow.