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Saint Francis Church
Friday October 28th, 2022

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Saint Francis Church
Friday October 28th, 2022

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Carole was born in Montevideo, Minnesota and moved to Bakersfield in 1954 at the age of 16 after reuniting with her eldest brother Jerry. She worked for more than 30 years at Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks where she was known for her friendliness and engaging smile.

Carole is survived by her children, Kim Lambert (Kirk Lambert) and Kelly Ryan; Grandchildren, Cristy Nelson, Elijah Nelson, Sam Olinger, Natalie Lambert, Gene Lambert; Great Grandchildren, Gwen Nelson, Lilli Nelson, Luci Nelson, and Julian Olinger; and her brother, Gerhard “Jerry” Van Heel. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Theresa Rose O’Reilly, and younger siblings, Barbara Ellis and James Van Heel.

Carole was loved by her family and many friends. She was always a generous, giving woman, her home was always open, and she so enjoyed having a house full of people for Thanksgiving. One year, while still working at Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks, she opened her home to Viet Nam refugees, and others with no family, for the holiday feast.

Following her career with Bill Lee’s, she went on to making beautiful cakes and delicious desserts and candies. Her grandchildren always loved going to grandma’s house. They made gingerbread houses, decorated cookies and cakes, and loved it all. After an injury to her back, Carole went on to further her education in office and business skills, and for more than 30 years, she was an office manager for her best friend and constant companion Ernest at Ugo Antongiovanni Farms.

Carole loved the Lord Jesus Christ with her whole heart and was a devout Catholic and a parishioner at Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church. She will be truly missed by her family and friends and will be forever remembered and loved.

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Grandma Carole was the best grandma. Growing up, there would always be candy at her house, and a big welcoming hug from her. I will always have great memories of spending time with her when we came to visit. She was always very kind and loving to everyone and always knew the right things to say when I needed to hear them the most.
I love you and miss you so much Grandma. We will see each other again one day.

Gene Lambert Oct 28 2022 12:33 AM

Carole was like a second mother to me back in the day. She talked me out of a lot of stupid ideas. Now she is in God's arms. You will be missed by so many people But your memory will live on. Love you, Carole.

Bonnie Steele Oct 27 2022 10:05 PM

To my Beautiful Aunt, you were one of the strongest and most loving woman I ever knew, you made my childhood brilliant when I'd come and stay never wanting to go home during summer months the door was always open, you made problems seem like they were never much after talking to you, you made life seem like a breeze! I only wish we had more time together, we just never know! Fly high, we are now covered with your love from above! We all will have beautiful memories and hold your love so close until we meet again!

Tomi Mendez Oct 27 2022 8:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of CAROLE WILSON

Rho Hiro Oct 27 2022 8:29 PM

Mother. So many things in my heart. Can’t possibly express them all here. My loving mother, teacher, best friend are just a few. I am so blessed that I had you all my life. Now I must fly without you here. You taught me strength to go on. I love you Mother. Forever.

Kim Lambert Oct 27 2022 8:15 PM

Carole was a sweetheart and will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed our visits in the office and phone conversations. And the candy at Christmas...

Bryan Haupt Oct 27 2022 6:53 PM

Carole, I have so many childhood memories of you and Was always so happy when you would come visit or we would come see you. I just wish I could have spent more time with you as we aged. I will always hold you close in my heart, until we meet again. I love you.🙏💔

Madelynn Alfonso Oct 27 2022 6:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of CAROLE WILSON

Kim Lambert Oct 27 2022 4:12 PM