Sister Carol Bartol (Mary of the Visitation)

Written on: September 19, 2022

Sister Carol Bartol, formerly Sister Mary of the Visitation, (84), died September 14, 2022 in the 65th year of her religious life. Caroline Margaret Mary Bartol was one of 10 children born to Aloysius and Margaret (Palvik) Bartol. Born in Allentown, PA on October 9, 1937, she grew up in Hazelton and entered the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1957.

Sister Carol taught primary grades in Buffalo and Eden, NY, and Philadelphia, PA from 1960 through 1973.

Moving to Atlanta, GA in 1973, Sister Carol attended Georgia State University and then began one-on-one teaching with those struggling with academic difficulties. From 1979 – 83 she aided youngsters through a Private Tutorial Reading Program; additionally, from 1981 – 1983 she was a tutor for Catholic Social Services at the Village of St. Joseph.

Moving to care of the elderly in 1984, Sister Carol became Manager of Marian Manor, the 1st Archdiocese of Atlanta Personal Care Home. St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta profited from her exemplary organizational skills from 1991-2000 when she took the position of CORT Coordinator. CORT collected useful medical items for shipment to third world countries.

When a call went out from Leadership inviting GNSH to volunteer to continue service begun in 1944 in Kodiak, Alaska, Sister Carol volunteered and moved to St. Mary’s Parish where she engaged in Parish Ministry from January, 2001 through 2010. Sister Carol taught ESL and trained the parish altar servers. She also ran the very successful St. Mary’s Thrift Store.

Intracommunity service became her next assignment when she returned to Pennsylvania in early 2011.

Predeceased by her parents, sisters, Barbara Bartol, Eleanor Reuter, Catherine Coleman and brothers, Theodore and Thomas Bartol; she is survived by sisters Alice Horneman, Genevieve Bartol, Dorothy Kiesel and Margaret (Jack)  McKenna.

Sharing of memories at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 1st in the Redeemer Sisters’ Chapel 521 Moredon Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA; her funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 am. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.

Donations in Sister Carol’s memory will be gratefully received by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. Donations may be made online to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, or by mail at the following address:14500 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188.

Funeral arrangements by Beck/Givnish, Inc.


5 thoughts on “Sister Carol Bartol (Mary of the Visitation)

  1. James Thunder None Langan says:

    God Bless you my sister for now you are with our father in his glory

    Please pray for my wife Flavia. She got chronic back and stomach pains from her Lupas. And my family ( Langan) who always seem to be suffering from trials and afflictions. I ask this of u in Jesus name.

  2. Mimi Palkovics says:

    such a disciple of Jesus, her smile would light up the room! I was in her presence many times, thanks be to
    God, she will be in my memory for a long time. May the Lord welcome her with open arms. Rest in peace dear Sister Carol.

  3. susan collins says:

    What a full and inspiring life.

  4. Aida Hathaway says:

    Rest In Peace Sister Carol, thank you for all you did for us here I. Kodiak, Alaska

  5. Adriana Guerra says:

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Sister Carol.
    She has a very impressive background as she served God and assisted many people.
    My deepest sympathy to her family and I shall pray for
    her soul. May she rest in peace.

    Adriana B. Guerra

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