Carole Anne (Olsen) Mikulski of Hopkinton passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 25. She was surrounded by loved ones.
Carole was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Lynn, and grew up there with her mother, Lena, grandmother Anne, sisters Beverly and Martha, and brothers Carl and Steven, until she met the love of her life, Stefan (Steve) Mikulski. Once married, they spent the next 65 years together — first in Virginia Beach, then back to Massachusetts (Hudson, Lynnfield and Wayland) before retiring to Florida (Amelia Island and Merritt Island). In spring 2019 they returned to Massachusetts to be closer to family. The couple enjoyed a lifetime of summers and vacations on Lake Arrowhead in North Waterboro, Maine.
Carole graduated from Lynn Classical High and then later in life earned her bachelor’s degree in child psychology from Framingham State University. Carole excelled in everything she put her mind to. She was a strong advocate for children. Carole and Steve were foster parents for over 10 years and welcomed many children into their home. Always a wonderful friend and hostess, Carole enjoyed reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with her family and girlfriends (especially her annual Ladies Weekend at the lake).
Not only a loving and devoted wife, she also was a loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Over the years, her love of family blessed her with eight children, 12 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. Carole was a well-loved memere and often said whichever grandchild was spending time with her was her favorite.
Carole is survived by her devoted husband, Steve of Hopkinton, brother Steven and wife Linda Olsen of Negaunee, Michigan, and children Chris (and Laurie) Mikulski of Milford, Larry (and Ellen) Mikulski of Burlington, Janet (and Daniel) Messcher of Live Oak, Florida, James Mikulski of North Waterboro, Maine, John (and Sylvia) Mikulski of Welland, Ontario, Canada, Laura (and Bruce) Connolly of Hopkinton, Charlene Fichman of Springvale, Maine, and Spike (and Lisa) Mikulski of North Scituate, Rhode Island.
Funeral services will be private. All are welcome to join in a future celebration of Carole’s life at Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland (date to be announced). The family would like to thank Dana-Farber and Brigham & Women’s for their efforts in fighting breast cancer. They also would like to thank CenterWell Home Health of Marlborough and Salmon Palliative & Hospice Care of Milford for their excellent home care.
Memorial donations in Carole’s honor can be made to one of her favorite charities: Heart of the Nation Catholic Mass (heartofthenation.org/donate/ways-to-give) or Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org/donate).
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