On Dec 1, 1941, George and Helen Hanscom of Boston, brought their daughter Carol Ann into the world and a new ray of sunshine was lit.
For over 20 years, Carol shared this life with her beloved life partner, soulmate, and husband Paul. She is survived by Paul, her siblings George (Dottie), John (Mickie), and Mary (Tony), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Once Carol graduated from high school, she chose to enter the convent where she became an educator. She continued to bless children with her teaching skills for 12 years in parochial schools including Philadelphia and Tybee Island before leaving the convent and coming to Richmond. In Richmond, she began teaching elementary students at St. Bridgett’s Catholic School. Later, an opportunity opened in Richmond City Public Schools where she taught at several schools until settling in at Maymont Elementary where she served as the school librarian for several years.
Retiring in 2009, she dedicated 40 years to education. She enjoyed so many experiences in her life, including reading, listening to live music, and spending time at the beach. She especially loved to travel with Paul on their motorcycle. She once was heard to say, “I never knew I had a passion until I put my foot on a peg of a motorcycle.” She and Paul traveled extensively on their bike. During their travels, they loved meeting all kinds of people, some of whom became lifelong friends. Before long, Carol and Paul opened a motorcycle rental business—- a great way to immerse themselves in their passion and make even more friends! When Carol would provide customers with required information about using the bike they were renting, it was common for them to initially not want to listen to her because they “know all about motorcycles,” then afterward say they had learned all sorts of useful tips from her!
After retiring from the motorcycle travel industry, Carol spent the next nine years battling cancer and the effects of cancer treatment. On Wednesday, March 22 Carol lost her battle when she had a catastrophic cardiac event caused by major respiratory distress. Paul and Tyler were able to hold her hands while she slipped away a week later around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.
The family would like to thank all the friends and medical professionals who helped during those difficult years. Carol’s kindness, sense of humor, smile, and heart touched everyone who was lucky enough to know her.
The family will receive guests from 2 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at Affinity Funeral Service, Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Parkway Richmond, Virginia A memorial service will follow at https://affinityfuneralservice.com/obituaries/carol-ann-hartsoe/. For those unable to attend there will be live streaming of the service.
In lieu of flowers, Carol had requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/ or Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org/
Click here to view the live-streamed memorial service for Carol Ann Hartsoe.