Carol Ann (Wright) Grisolano, age 74 of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Monday, March 4, 2019, at North Care Hospice, North Kansas City, Missouri, as she held the hands of her loving family.
She was the daughter of J.V. and Anna Lou (Settle) Wright, born on September 4, 1944, in Marshall, Missouri. Carol attended first grade at Willow Grove Country School, and after the one-room schoolhouse closed in 1951, the building was moved and became the Wright’s family home. She attended second through fifth grade in Carrollton, and sixth through twelfth in Bosworth, where she enjoyed playing basketball and graduated in1962. On March 7, 1985, Carol married Rick Grisolano, and they shared nearly thirty-four years of wonderful memories. During her working career, she was employed at Gibson’s Discount and Matco Stores, both in Carrollton as the Cosmetic Department Manager. She worked for Green Quarries for many years, Caren’s Cakes and Catering for over thirty years, and Bittiker Funeral Home for the last five years as a valuable and well-respected employee. It was important to Carol for everyone to know that working at the funeral home meant so much to her. The families she served were very important and it gave her a sense of peace knowing that she was helping them and comforting them during their time of sorrow. She has been actively involved in the community through the funeral home’s many community service events. Carol has touched the lives and hearts of many with her generosity and sweet spirit. She had the wonderful gift of listening to others, never being judgmental and giving moral support and encouragement to everyone. The remarkable thing was that she never repeated anything she was told, nor spoke badly of anyone. Unknown too many, Carol took care of numerous friends by taking them to appointments or whatever they might need. She looked forward to each Friday, which she called her joy of the week when she would volunteer at H.E.L.P. Services. Carol not only liked working there, but she enjoyed the volunteers who became good friends. She lived her life to help others, so it was natural for her to put everyone else first, never truly realizing the impact that her faith, smile, and kindness had on others.
Carol and Rick loved going camping and to the woods to take pictures of nature and wildlife. She was a wonderful wife, sister, mom, aunt, and grandma. Carol truly liked working in her spectacular flower gardens and collecting angels, bells, crosses, and cat memorabilia, as well as decorating their home for each season and holiday. Her favorite holiday was no doubt Christmas; she decorated to the extreme and began a yearly tradition of listening to Christmas music and candy making. Carol requested that the funeral home is transformed into a Christmas wonderland as she loved the beauty and meaning of Christmas.
She was baptized at a young age at the Wakenda Baptist Church and later moved her membership to the First Christian Church in Carrollton, where she had been a faithful servant of God.
Carol leaves her family to sadly mourn her loss, her husband Rick, of the home; her sister, Caren Bittiker and husband Steve, of Carrollton, Missouri; one grandson, Brett Wilson II and Rachel, of Marshall, Missouri; one great-grandson, who was the light of her life, Avry Wilson; one niece, Carissa Anne Hoover and husband Steven, of Liberty, Missouri; one nephew, Steven Bittiker II, of Carrollton, Missouri; one step-son, Dustin Grisolano and wife Keri of Carrollton, Missouri; two great-nieces, Lauren and Kendin Bittiker, and one great-nephew, Steven Bittiker III; step-grandchildren, Raegan Grisolano, Kolbie Grisolano, and Brodie Grisolano; numerous cousins; co-workers; and her precious cats, Tinkerbell, and Gracie Marie.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jay and Ann Wright; two sons, Jeffrey Lynn Wilson who died one day after birth, and Brett Alan Wilson on April 20, 2012; grandparents; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and her beloved cats, Nuisance, Little Bit, Callie, Gidget, Oscar, and Tugger.
Please join the family as they receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Bittiker Funeral Home, 1201 North 65 Highway, Carrollton, Missouri. As you are leaving her visitation, she had requested that everyone enjoy cake and punch at a reception in her honor.
Candlelight Funeral Service and Service of Remembrance will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Bittiker Funeral Home, with Reverend Pat Jones and Reverend Cheryl Sanders, officiating.
Carol will be buried in Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt, Missouri.
For those who would like to make a memorial contribution, the family respectfully requests they be made to H.E.L.P. Services Cancer Fund or First Christian Church in Carrollton, Missouri. They may be left at or mailed to Bittiker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 223, Carrollton, Missouri, 64633.
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