Carol was a woman who was very caring of children. Kids were her everything, as she babysat and cared for hundreds of children for over forty years, sometimes even two generations per family! The parents of kids that Carol would care for considered her close family. Some of the children eventually went on to become lawyers, doctors, and police officers.
Carol met her husband, Dick, in high school. At first, she wasn’t fond of him, due to his star football player status and the fact he dated other girls. After Dick was discharged from the Navy, he had a bartending job at a restaurant that Carol attended a bowling banquet at. She saw his Oldsmobile convertible outside that she wished she could ride in; Dick tossed her the keys, to take it for a ride with her friends. Eventually they started dating and five months later Dick proposed to her by putting the engagement ring in a glass of red wine.
Dick and Carol moved from the Syracuse area to Buffalo when he got a promotion and transferred. Carol never took too many vacations, but she did go on cruises with Dick and to Hawaii as well. Their two sons could never get away with anything because she had incredible hearing. Their son Mike and his friends called her “The Hawk.”
One of Carol’s favorite things to do around the holidays was throw Christmas parties for all the kids she took care of. She would rent Brierwood Country Club or the Lakeshore Fire Hall for these parties. Carol was actively involved with the Lake Shore Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary as well. She also enjoyed going square dancing and watching Judge Judy and Everybody Loves Raymond. She had five televisions in her home, so she could watch her favorites anywhere!
Sutfin, Carol J. (nee Visser) January 6, 2020 of Hamburg, NY (formerly of Syracuse, NY). Beloved wife of Richard D. Sutfin; devoted mother of Donald (Nancy) and late Michael Sutfin; cherished grandmother of Emma and Carleigh Sutfin; loving sister of Janet (Thomas Leo) Stephenson, Betty (Jack) Marshall, William (Kay), Norb (Brenda), and Edward (Debbie) Visser; also survived by many nieces and nephews. For the safety of family and friends, calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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