Carol A. Gilkey

Carol A. Gilkey

Friday, July 2nd, 1937 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Carol A. Gilkey of East Syracuse passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2020.  After Carol graduated from East Syracuse High School, for ten years she was a secretary for the New York State Thruway Authority in the Syracuse office.  Carol changed careers to become a full time Mom.  She was an extraordinary mother to her two children.  She returned to the work force at Agway Petroleum Division for twenty years.  While continuing to work full time, she also earned an Associate’s Degree from Onondaga Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College.

Carol was a devoted member of Collamer United Church for sixty-four years, serving as an Elder, secretary, treasurer, choir member, Sunday school teacher, and continually volunteering for many church functions.

Carol had a talent for poetry and wrote many poems for friends and relatives special occasions.

She was happiest in her retired years running, biking, spending time with family on the beaches of Jekyll Island.  Carol shared a great love of family, friends, and life, and one of her favorite roles was being a grandmother.  

Carol is survived by Richard, her loving husband of sixty-one years; her two children: Karen (Vincent) Nastasi of Massachusetts and Steven (Cynthia) Gilkey of Connecticut; and her grandchildren: Joseph, Kyle Andrea and Alyssa; sisters: Mary (Hank) Butler, and Linda Margensey; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents Chester and Julia Featherly; sisters: Ruth Hilleges and Shirley Lawson; brothers: Chester, Ronald, Gerald, Robert and Richard Featherly.  

Regretfully, due to these difficult times, private graveside services will be held in Collamer Cemetery. A celebration of Carol’s life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be made to Collamer United Church 6865 Fly Road, East Syracuse, New York 13057
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Private graveside services will take place at Collamer Cemetery. A celebration of Carol's life will be announced at a later date.


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Tina Spade

Posted at 01:34pm
Dick. So sorry to hear of Carol's passing. I remember so many days when you were visiting Carol at "The Grand" while I was visiting Kenny. You were sooo devoted to her and I know these last few months must have been really hard. please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Tina Spade

Linda M.

Posted at 01:05pm
You’ll be missed Aunt Carol . So nice to learn so much about your life in your obit . I admire how you had a relentless devotion to family and your church ! You were always sweet to our family . My Mom told me that Dad said he had helped you pick out your first car. I can see you too bombing around in convertible in the day . Lol . Now reunited with my Daddy after a big (uncle Bob style ) hug ! You left a great legacy... your wonderful kids and grand kids! Much love to you and your family, Ronald Featherly Family.

Karen Nastasi Posted at 09:24am

Thank you, Linda! Your story brings comfort to us all. God Bless you and your family.

Jennifer Greiner

Posted at 04:34pm
Mrs. Gilkey,

Thank you for the wonderful childhood memories and for being such a good friend to my Gramma. May you rest in peace and join your old friends from the neighborhood.

- Jennifer Greiner (Murray)

Karen Nastasi Posted at 05:53pm

Thank you, Jennifer. Great tribute! I am sure the Davis Street ladies are having a good time right now up in heaven.

Paula Martino

Posted at 03:23pm
Dear Dick, Karen, Steven and families,
I’m so saddened by Carol’s passing. I have many great memories growing up across the street from you all. I played lots of Barbies there with Karen, learned to do the Hustle with Steven and took sewing lessons from Carol with my sister Pam. We were so fortunate to call you neighbors. I am especially grateful for the friendship Dick and Carol had with my parents. They were there when my mother needed them most. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you guys. 💕. Paula (Reardon) Martino, Perry, Jackie, Jeff and Mallory Martino

Karen Nastasi Posted at 05:56pm

Thank you so much, Paula. Lots of great memories with the Reardon’s!

Thomas Rurka

Posted at 01:37am
Dick & family my deepest sympathy to you & your family. I remember the time we spent on grand jury together way back, Carol was a lovely lady. Tom Rurka Wake Forest N.C.

Karen Nastasi Posted at 12:37pm

Thank you so much, Tom! That was a long time ago and I remember her talking about that lasting sooo long.

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