Orange, MA, Carole Ann (Lombard) Faneuf, 74, returned to the heavens on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. She transitioned from this earth peacefully surrounded by her husband of nearly 53 yrs. Edward Faneuf and her children; Tamatha Faneuf of Baldwinville, Sharon Gilmore of Orange, Michael Faneuf of Wake Forest, NC, Joseph Faneuf of Athol, Steven Faneuf of Gardner, Rebecca Anderholm of Orange, Daniel Faneuf of Acton and Kevin Faneuf of Gardner. She was an extremely proud Grammy to her 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, a grateful sister to the late Donald Lombard of Plymouth, Glenda Larson of Hanover, Patricia Vogel of VT, and Gail Sardano of Hanover, and a treasured ‘Auntie Carole’ to her many nieces and nephews. She has also affectionately served as a surrogate “Mom”, and “Grammy” to many others throughout the years.
Carole was born in Quincy on April 7, 1948, to the late Leavitt and Edith (McMahon) Lombard. She graduated from North Quincy High School and Lemuel Shattuck School of Nursing in Boston. Carole spent the entirety of her life dedicated to the care of others. She worked as an LPN for many years while also serving as a volunteer EMT for over two decades. Carole was selected as Chaplain of her local Eagles Club and would comfort the sick in their darkest hours.
In addition to caring for her own 8 children, she served as foster mother to dozens of others in need of a home. Carole also opened her home to children from New York's inner city as part of The Fresh Air Fund and she humbly received the award of Massachusetts'; “Mother of the Year” in 2006. Carole’s favorite place to be was surrounded by her greatest blessings, her children and grandchildren. When she wasn’t snuggling the newest baby in the family, she enjoyed square dancing in her early years, crafting, reading, or sitting amidst her birds and flowers. She especially loved the holidays and decorated for each and every one. You could find her laughing at her annual trips to the Weirs, Ogunquit ME, and in recent years their cottage on the pond (Packard Pond) and a trip to Ireland with her children. Her grandchildren fondly remember Grammy as a loving, nurturing, caring, devoted, wise, giving, selfless woman who always welcomed you no matter who you were and made you feel loved no matter what. She was the baby-whisperer, queen of nicknames, and greatest supporter/cheerleader at every play, sports game, wedding, and graduation. Her wisdom ranged from “love each other like there is no tomorrow” to “wash your butt front and back”. She remembered every detail, sent a card for every occasion, and is a presence that could never be replaced.
Carole leaves an incredible legacy of four generations of loved ones to carry on her lifelong message of love, kindness, compassion, and generosity. “Love each other and take care of each other always. AAFNMW. Love, Mom”
Carole’s celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Athol Orange Baptist Church, 131 Ridge Ave, Athol, MA 01331. Calling Hours will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. at the Fiske Murphy and Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Road, Orange, MA 01364.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to charities supporting Veterans and Ovarian Cancer Awareness.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor and Douglas M. Stone, funeral directors.