Carol May Ullman
On November 22, 1935, Walter and Mabel Hamilton gave birth to a spunky strawberry blond baby and named her Carol May. They raised her and her 6 siblings in a modest home in North Andover, Massachusetts. Money was tight so Carol learned a strong work ethic at a young age. Her uneducated, but brilliant historian, father encouraged his children to go to college. All of them worked hard to put themselves through school and entered their chosen professions.
Carol obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. After graduation, she was offered a job at Highland View Hospital and made the big move to Cleveland. She joined the Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights where she met the love of her life, Leonard. They had both joined a young singles group called Fireside Fellowship and the sparks were immediate. Leonard was painfully shy and 10 years older than Carol. But he mustered up the courage to ask her on a date and they courted for a year. Both of them have always enjoyed sharing stories of their dates on a budget - a movie at the Cedar Lee and splitting a beer at the Colony was one of their favorites. Leonard moved to Europe for a year and Carol applied to and was accepted into the Master's Program at The University of Michigan. When Leonard returned, Carol gave him an ultimatum. If he was ready to commit, she would stay, if not, she would go to Michigan. Leonard, being the smart man he is, chose the former. They were married in North Andover amongst friends and family and moved to a residence apartment at Highland View Hospital, where Carol worked.
Carol gave birth to their only child, Lisa, in September of 1964. Carol got a job in the Cleveland Public Schools as a physical therapist and she, Len and Lisa moved to Berkeley Road in Cleveland Heights. This is where they raised their family and developed a large group of close friends. Leonard's parents, Rudolph and Helga, also lived in Cleveland Heights and Carol became much more than a daughter and sister in law to Leonard's family. She became a daughter and a sister and an integral part of their family unit. Leonard and Carol spent 30 years on Berkeley Road during which time they hosted and attended countless gatherings and family reunions, stayed involved in the church they loved, eventually retired and traveled with friends and family.
Lisa grew up and got married to Michael. In July of 1993, Carol and Len welcomed their first grandchild to the world - Christian Michael Lennart Daddario. He was the most important thing in the world to them and Carol helped Lisa raise him in every way imaginable.
In 1996, Carol traveled to China with one of her closest friends, Marsha, who was adopting a baby from an orphanage there. Carol's motherly instincts kicked in right away and she became an informal grandma to that baby who they named Halle. Halle is now a dance major at Kent State University and Carol was so proud to see her most recent performance this past year.
In 1997, Leonard had a fall down the stairs at the house on Berkeley so Carol moved them to a one floor house in South Euclid. Within their first year there, they were blessed with their second grandchild - Alyssa Marie Daddario. Lisa was going through a divorce from her husband and Carol, as was her nature, was with her every step of the way. She would do anything for her grandchildren - she took care of them when they were sick, she carted them to lessons and events, she went to every soccer game, baseball game, basketball game, dance recital and school function. She was the most active of grandmas and dearly loved by Christian and Alyssa. One of her proudest moments was seeing her grandson graduate from high school in 2011.
In 2012, Carol was diagnosed with severe hypertension which had caused her kidneys to lose most of their function. Leonard had dementia and she could no longer care for him so she sadly admitted him to a nursing home for care. She visited him every day for as long as she was able to and brought him home for holidays and family functions. She was later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and fought valiantly to stay active. Christian had moved out on his own and Lisa and Alyssa moved in with Carol to help take care of her. This was a special time for all of them and they felt blessed to have had that time together. 2015 was a hard year for Carol. Her health continued to deteriorate and she gradually got weaker. Alyssa's high school graduation is coming up in June of 2016 and she wanted more than anything to attend it. She was so proud of Alyssa for getting into the art school of her choice and spent many evenings talking with Lisa about how many great adventures Alyssa has in front of her.
Carol spent more time than she would have liked in the hospital throughout 2015 and 2016 and on February 13, God took Carol home. She outlived all of her brothers and sisters so she had a big welcoming party waiting for her in heaven. Carol was a person to admire, to aspire to be like, and to provide comfort to anyone who needed it. Her wisdom and strength will remain with us all long after she is gone. She was an angel on earth and now, she is an angel with God. We love you, Grandma!
Carol was the beloved wife of Leonard W. Ullman; dear mother of Lisa M. Daddario of So. Euclid, OH; dear grandmother of Christian M.L. Daddario of Cleveland Hts., OH and Alyssa M. Daddario of So. Euclid, OH; sister of the late June, David, Nancy, Joyce, Donna and Tom. The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in her name to The P.E.O. Foundation,(a national philanthropic and educational organization), c/o Jan Hornack, 880 Colony, Highland Hts., OH 44143 or The Church of The Saviour, 3537 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118 where Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 20th at 11 AM. FRIENDS MAY CALL AT BROWN-FORWARD, 17022 CHAGRIN BLVD., SHAKER HTS., OH, FRIDAY, February 19th from 5-7 PM.
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