POLAND – Carol M. Fahnestock, 81, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday evening, May 17, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Her family supported her throughout her journey.
Carol was born on December 28, 1940 in Youngstown, to proud parents George and Helen Will Kleeh. She was the eldest of three siblings and had a wonderful childhood that made her the beautiful, amazing, kind, generous, and sincere person that she was.
Raised in Youngstown, Carol was a proud graduate of South High School, Class of 1958. It was there that she met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Harold Fahnestock. Carol and Harold were married on January 16, 1960 and together had a beautiful family including three daughters.
Carol was a stay-at-home mom and her family was her top priority. Once her children were grown, Carol was ready to enter the workforce and accepted a position at a local Rite Aid store. She started as a clerk and quickly rose through the ranks to a more senior position there.
Her love for children led her to apply for a position as a bus driver with the Boardman School District. She then spent over 20 years driving and interacting with children on her bus who fell in love with her.
Carol was a longtime member of Brownlee Woods Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and a member of the women’s group Secret Pals. She loved going to church softball games to watch Harold play and the fun pop nights that followed. She followed that congregation when it merged into what is now the Heritage Presbyterian Church.
Carol’s greatest love was her family, and as her family grew, so did her heart. She was so proud of each of her grandchildren. Her heart had no boundaries and each of her grandchildren felt that very special Gma love – from sleepovers to shopping trips, extra special treats, going to fast food restaurants or having “forbidden things” like popping into her home, the latest releases of every new Disney movie and giving every grandchild the experience of one of their favorite places growing up, Camp Fitch. She was at every school concert, sporting event, cheerleading competition, band performance, prom, homecoming, Halloween parade and many more, always with her camera ready to capture those memories and then meticulously organize prints in albums, which would help him later. keep the memories of his past.
Carol also had a thing for animals, annual trips to Ocean City, camping adventures and vacations at home so her family was always together. She brought endless joy and love to everyone she knew and will be sorely missed by all.
Carol leaves to perpetuate her memory her two daughters, Debbie (Craig) Fisher of Poland and Karen (David) Harris of Lowellville; son-in-law, Mike Klacik of Struthers; sister, Jean Kish of Boardman; 12 grandchildren, Michael (Kayla) Klacik, Brittany Johnson, Kaitlyn and Kayla Klacik, Kristen (Paul) Frazzini, Ashlee (Zach Jones) Baer, Jordan (Michaela) Sapp, Jonathon Sapp, Laura (PJ) Macejko, David (Brandy) Harris, Joe (Bella Caruso) Harris and Bryan Harris; 16 great-grandchildren including one on the way; his dear friend, George Fox; Uncle Carl Will; his niece; three nephews; many cousins; and his team of caregivers.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Carol was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Klacik; and his brother, Jack Kleeh.
Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Heritage Presbyterian Church. A funeral service celebrating his life will follow at the church at noon Saturday, with Pastor Annie Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Arrangements managed by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland. To send your condolences, visit www.beckerobits.com.