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Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel

6801 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL

OBITUARY

Carolyn Jo Gearde

August 24, 1940February 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Carolyn Jo Gearde announce her passing on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. She was 79 years old.

Carolyn was born in Carolina, WV to the late Violet and Michael Suplita on August 31, 1940, in a coal mining town built by the Consolidated Coal Company in 1915. The town was named after coal baron James Watson's daughter, and her father was a supervisor of the mine. There she grew up watching her father and brother Thomas play hardball on the local field in the evenings, became a beauty queen in high school, and worked hard at school to eventually attend Fairmont State, where she met her husband Frank Gearde.

Frank and Carolyn married in April 1959. They had two daughters, Sheryl Lynn and Leslie Ann and a son, Michael Franklin, the latter pre-deceasing her in 2016.

Starting their life and family together, and with Frank taking a civilian job with the Forest Service, they moved across the Midwest from Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, before finally settling in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, DC. Once the kids were in school, Carolyn became a Realtor, for Long & Foster and Weichert and where she worked for many years eventually become a Real Estate Broker, raising their family in Centreville and later Great Falls, VA.

In 2001 after Frank’s retirement and subsequent 10 years as a consultant, they moved to Hobe Sound, FL where Carolyn sought to give back to her community. She became very active in St Christopher’s Catholic Church and as a member of the Council of Catholic of Women (CCW). She ran the Lost Lake Community book club and volunteered for Safespace, whose mission is to help individuals and families break the cycle of domestic violence and build healthier lives. She loved working with the children at Safespace, spending hours sharing her love of arts and crafts with them to help them forget the violence they or their mothers had endured.

Carolyn will be remembered by her husband, Frank of 60 years, her daughters Sheryl (Paul) Cosing, Reston, VA, and Leslie (David) Mattick, Manassas, VA along with her five grandchildren, Justin and Alec Cosing, and Faith, Emma, and Brooke Mattick and extended family and numerous friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Christopher Church, 12001 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL, on Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30am followed by a reception. Memorial donations may be made to SAFE Space of Stuart, FL

  • FAMILY

  • Frank Gearde, Husband
  • Sheryl Cosing, Daughter
  • Michael Gearde, Son (deceased)
  • Leslie Mattick, Daughter
  • Paul Cosing, Son-in-law
  • David Mattick, Son-in-law
  • Justin Cosing, Grandson
  • Alec Cosing, Grandson
  • Faith Mattick, Granddaughter
  • Emma Mattick, Granddaughter
  • Brooke Mattick, Granddaughter

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Reception Immediately Following Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Susan Resetar(Porter)

February 20, 2020

So sorry to hear of Sis’s passing. I remember her visits home to Carolina and enjoying all of the family. My prayers and sympathy.

Barbara Farley

February 19, 2020

Sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. I recall many events that we shared volunteering together with the SafeSpace organization. We were on various committees and spent Thursday afternoons at the thrift store when it was in downtown Stuart. Frank, always try to remember the good times that you shared.

Carol Stone

February 19, 2020

Oh Dear Carolyn, I just found out you passed. I shall miss you.
You got me started working with the children at SafeSpace. Now they have a staff position for that. My SS garden (with Barbara Farley) has grown and is thriving.
We hide painted rocks there for the children to find.

I hope you voted early. My fellow Democrat. I shall call Frank soon.
Rest In Peace.
Carol & Jim Stone.

John Wallman

February 19, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Jack and Dwillis Wallman

Michael McAteer

February 18, 2020

Dear Frank,

Peggy and I are sorry to hear of your loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and with your family.

Mickey and Peggy McAteer

Mimi Angeline

February 18, 2020

I was very sad to hear of Carol's passing. I am keeping Frank and all of the family in my prayers.
With love, Mimi Angeline

Kim Wells

February 18, 2020

Frank,
So sorry for your loss, can't help but to think of the good times we shared. The family gatherings, the cruise, the trip to the beach were all such fun. You and your family are in our prayers.
Kim & Debi Wells & Family

Paul Cosing

February 18, 2020

Every man struggles with the "mother-in-law" issue. Does she like me? What does she really think about me? And for most son-in-laws, they will forever be in the dark.

But I am truly one of the lucky ones, as I had a once in a lifetime afternoon with Carolyn (in a bar at the airport, my idea), where we both let our guard down for just a minute, and spoke frankly about everything; love, marriage, family, kids, jobs, obligations, relationships, etc..

As we talked, it hit both of us at the same time that we shared so much together, and obviously cared a lot about each other, that I blurted out for everyone in the bar to hear "omg, you love me!" To which she shushed me up and then whispered "yes, but don't tell anyone." :)

Well, we both started laughing so hard that we actually made a small scene. But by then we didn't care, just happy in the moment as only close friends can be.

From that time on, if she was ever down, struggling with something, worried, etc.. I would tease her about our day together, accusing her of being a "party girl;" which was really code that I loved her very much, and knew that she loved me.

I will always cherish that memory with her, and how lucky I was to have her in my life. Carolyn, I will never forget you, and will always keep you close in my heart...

Debbie Vigotsky

February 17, 2020

I had known Carolyn (and Frank) for over 20 years but it felt like my entire life. We discovered many synchronicities: my mother was also a successful real estate agent in northern VA and they knew many people in common, love of reading, Catholicism, appreciation for common sense wisdom and unconditional love and commitment to family. That is what I remember Carolyn the most for: her love and devotion to her 5 grandchildren. She spoke of them often and with deep love. Her Legacy lives on in them.

Frank Lucente

February 17, 2020

Carolyn once told me that Frank was impatient with slow vehicles in front of them. And that he should think that “it may very well be a real estate agent looking for a property to show a client

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