Carolyn Louise Kettenhofen, age 76, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2021, in Winter Garden, Florida, surrounded by her family.
Carole was a dedicated mother and gramma first and foremost. She treasured her children and grandchildren, embracing every moment. As a single mom for many years, she dedicated her life to her children. She never missed any of their baseball, football or softball games; Pom competitions; or any other events. She kept score for the teams, coached cheer and judged Pom competitions.
Carole was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 1945. She grew up in Rockville, Maryland, with her parents and three brothers. She spent much of her adult life in College Park, Maryland, before moving to Florida to enjoy retired life.
Her interests included spending time with her grandchildren, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and her annual girls week at the beach with lifelong friends. Upon her retirement, she devoted much of her time and energy as a foster grandparent to special-needs children.
Ms. Kettenhofen was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and June Manuel.
The loving and devoted mother of sons Daniel (Kelly) Sheehan of Gambrills, Maryland, Patrick (Erika) Sheehan of Clermont, Florida; and daughter Lori (Gary) Lightner of Dover, Pennsylvania. Her greatest joys in life were her seven grandchildren, Hunter Sheehan, Kathleen Sheehan, James Hook III, Jack Sheehan, Ty Sheehan, Tanner Sheehan and Sophia Hook. Carole was a loving sister to her three brothers, Tom (Terry) Manuel, Roger (Bobbi) Manuel and Mike (Cherie) Manuel. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations can be made in her honor to the Foster Grandparent Program: