Carole Brotherson, 84, of Erie, PA and Pinellas Park, FL passed away peacefully on October 23, 2021, at the Edinboro Manor, where she had been a resident for the last two years.
She was born in Union City, PA on June 21, 1937, a daughter of the late L.Kirke and Violet (Weed) Besonson. She had an idyllic childhood, growing up in Canadohta Lake and loved to tell stories of the simple life she shared with her brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and grandparents on “The Lake.” She would later instill those same strong family values in her own children.
Carole graduated from Union City Joint High School in 1955, and briefly attended Edinboro State Teachers College where she studied Home Economics, which proved useful when she later moved to Erie and met and married her husband, Robert Brotherson on March 26, 1966. Together they built a beautiful life. He preceded her in death in December 2014.
Carole had a successful career for over twenty years with Sarah Coventry Jewelry, retiring as an Area Manager in the early 80s to pursue her dream of starting a catering business. Together, with her husband Bob, they owned and operated Carole’s Culinary Cuisine for nearly 40 years. They loved to cook and entertain and always threw the most wonderful soirees! She will always be remembered for her amazing food which she so lovingly prepared.
Her passions also included theater. She was both a long-time volunteer and an employee of Erie Playhouse, working in sales. She always concentrated on behind-the-scenes work until her friend, David Matthews, once convinced her to join the cast of The Music Man – her only appearance on stage. In addition to the Erie Playhouse, she also worked in advertising sales for the Academy Theatre in Meadville.
Carole had a strong faith and for many years was an active volunteer and member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Erie and Camp Judson, in North Springfield, PA. In later life she attended Glenwood United Methodist Church, Erie and Liberty Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fl.
She loved her time in Florida, and her friends at Sunset Palms, Pinellas Park. She and Bob spent winters there for over 25 years, enjoying time at the pool, card games with friends,and always entertaining.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two step-children, Richard Brotherson and Nancy Smith, her nephew, Greg Besonson Jr. and her grandson, Craigie Green II.
Those left to share their memories of her include her four children, Craig Green, wife Kim, of McKean, and Bradley Green, and wife Cassie, of Erie, Sonja Nekoloff, and husband John, of Waterford, and Roberta Ebert, and partner Larry Kreakie of Erie. Fifteen grandchildren: Jay, Kyle, Brandon and LK Green, Kristi Bailey, JP, Justin and Sean Nekoloff, Laurie Spoto, Jennifer Madara, Erika DeMauri, Leah and Eric Brotherson, and Brendan Smith and Lauren Colligan; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She is further survived by twin brothers, Greg Besonson of Erie and Gary Besonson of Michigan, and a sister Brenda (John) Morse of Virginia, a sister-in-law, Marjorie Eaglen, Harborcreek and many nieces, nephews and special cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Carole’s name to Camp Judson, 398 Holliday Rd., N. Springfield, PA 16430 or to the Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. Erie, PA 16501.
The family will receive visitors at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut St., Waterford, PA on Wednesday, October 27, from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm. The funeral service will be held there on Thursday, October 28, at 11 a.m. Rev. Chris Clark, will officiate. Burial will follow at Rootville Cemetery, in Lincolnville, PA.