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Carolyn E. Montague
Carolyn Ethel Dorothy Eichelberger Montague, the lady whose name was as long as she was petite, died September 21, 2021 at Clare Bridge House at Brookdale Ithaca. She was 86 years old.
Born the youngest of four children to Theodore and Teresa Eichelberger of Lancaster, NY, Carolyn attended St. Mary’s on the Hill elementary and high school. Upon graduation she went to work as a secretary at New York State Electric and Gas, where she met her late husband, Lorne F. Montague. The couple married in 1956 and had six children: Claudia (Christopher) Wheatley, Michelle (Dennis) Mogil, Jennifer (Robert) Humes and Matthew (Christine), Nathan (Heather) and Anthony (Melanie Gulde) Montague. The family moved to Lansing, NY in 1967.
Carolyn was an engaged, outgoing member of her community. For many years, she wrote the “Lansing Town Talk” feature in the Ithaca Journal—a total of 571 columns about local people and events. An avid gardener, cross-country skier and knitter, Carolyn also enjoyed going to plays and concerts with friends. She was a longtime volunteer with the Lansing Food Pantry and an active member of All Saints Church. After Lorne’s retirement, he and Carolyn took numerous road trips across the United States. Their international adventures took them as far afield as Thailand, Australia, Egypt and Peru. Lorne died of a stroke in 2005, shortly after the couple returned from a trip to Egypt.
In addition to Lorne, Carolyn was predeceased by her parents; two siblings, James and Mary Ann Eichelberger; a sister-in-law, Patricia Urquhart, and a brother-in-law, David Montague. She is survived by her eldest brother, William (Elizabeth) Eichelberger, and sisters-in-law Mary (Rodney) Rudich and Dorothy (David) Montague. She leaves behind her children, 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and enough nieces, nephews and honorary kids/grandkids to populate a small village, all drawn to her by her humor, affection and generosity. They will miss her terribly.
Friends and family are invited to visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Road, Lansing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Jorge Ramirez on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Parish, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Clare Bridge Associate Holiday Fund at Brookdale Ithaca, the Lansing Food Pantry and Birthright of Ithaca.
“Though she be but little she is fierce.” —William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
My sympathies to all the Montague family. Carolyn was a beautiful person in all respects, and truly a second mother to me and all my family. This love was extended even to my wife and our family is it grew through the years. I will miss her snippy, cynical, and hysterical, but always honest expressions (always delivered with the most loving intent). When we were kids, she was always warm and welcoming, glad to have me there for however short a duration to divert her twins from further banter and assaults on each other. I was nevertheless, always happy to be there, enjoying their family dynamics, and to watch the twins work their magic on another scheme to get her goat (sometimes aiding). One of the funniest memories I have is I was playing something having to do with war with Tony and Nathan, and Carolyn announced to us boys that she had just made some cookies. After she withdrew from the doorway, one of the boys turned and said to me, "Don't eat the cookies. I love my mom, but cooking is not one of her better attributes." I will miss you Mrs. M, your love and support through the years of our teenage angst remain with us always. Blessings and peace to all your family.
Neal Hass Oct 2 2021 1:07 PM
Sending love and light to all of Carolyn's family. She was a force to be reckoned with…a fierce love burned in her heart for everyone in her circle. It was my blessing to have her in my life, especially during my tumultuous teens. I like thinking about her and Lorne together again, laughing uproariously at some goofy thing.
Judy Cogan Oct 2 2021 10:04 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Carolyn Montague
Georgia Eastman Sep 29 2021 9:45 PM
I have soooo many memories of Carolyn....all wonderful!
She was so much fun and a joy to be with. I haven't seen her in many, many years. I think I first met her at the Lancaster Teenage Club in the 1950's. xo
Geri Owens Sep 28 2021 11:55 AM
Deepest condolences for the loss of a special woman who meant so much to my mom Dianne Foss Minton and her sister Harlene Foss Barton. "Carrie" had the best laugh and love of life. Always a hoot.
Cheryl Minton Ruth Sep 26 2021 4:48 PM
My mom and dad Dianne and Don Minton shared many great times with your mom and dad including having them in their wedding party. I thought your mom was delightful...my Aunt Harlene thought of "Carrie" as another big sister. Her laugh was so special. As a young girl I admired your mom's enthusiasm for life...When my mom passed in January 2019 I called your mom. I am so glad we spoke. God Bless. She was one of a kind.
Cheryl Minton Ruth Sep 26 2021 4:30 PM
I am very sad to read about your mom's passing. She and your Dad were in my mom and dad's wedding. My mom Dianne Minton considered her a close friend. When my mom passed in January of 2019 I called your mom. I remember her fantastic laugh and unbelievable sense of humor and energy for life. On behalf of my dad Don Minton my Aunt Harlene (who considered "Carrie" another big sister) and myself please accept our deepest condolences.
Cheryl Minton Ruth Sep 26 2021 4:25 PM
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Becki Bills Sep 25 2021 2:25 AM
Bill & I loved the times we were with Carolyn. She reached out to us like she had known us all her life. Her warmth was a blessing to everyone who met her.
Mary & Bill Roos Sep 24 2021 8:37 PM