Brown, Carolyn A.


Carolyn A. Brown, 86, passed away peacefully Friday, July 27, 2018 in Elyria. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. William Brown who passed away Nov. 27, 2017. Carolyn was born January 19, 1932 in Cleveland, daughter of Chester W. and Olive L. Blank Neuberg. She married William L. Brown on August 1, 1975. and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2017.

Carolyn was a 1950 graduate of John Marshall High School, Cleveland. In high school, Carolyn was active in music, drama and athletics. She was a high school broad jump champion, taking second in the state and was known for her musical talent through her performances in band, choir and plays. In 1953, she received her music performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Carolyn loved music. She taught voice and directed choirs for over 50 years, appeared on a weekly drama radio program on Cleveland radio, performed in numerous musicals and was a judge of various musical performances. She served as program director at the YMCA in North Canton and was a certified recreational therapist in Alliance.

While living in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where Rev. Brown served as  Executive Director: United Methodist Home and Nursing Hospital (renamed Wesbury United Methodist Community 1984) from 1978 until he retired in 1993, Carolyn was president of the Meadville Thesaurus Club and Tuesday Morning Music Club, member of the Meadville Kiwanis Club and an active member of Stone United Methodist Church, where her husband served as an associate from 2003-2007. 

For the past 10 years in Elyria, she was a member of Elyria First United Methodist Church and was active within the Wesleyan Village community as a resident volunteer, member of the bell choir and served on the Spiritual Outreach Committee.

Carolyn had an infectious smile and witty personality. Her family will especially miss her playful spirit, competitive nature and her ingenious way to have fun and entertain. She was selfless and mindful of her family's needs. Her life was centered on God, family and friends and her memory will be cherished by all she touched.

Survivors include four children, Cynthia E. Romey of Akron, Brian S. Barch of Sacramento, California, Sharon L. Robinson (Raymond) of Milan, Ohio and Nancy L. Kaczor (Jim) of Norwalk; four stepchildren, Marla E. Barkey (Jeff) of Atwater, Ohio, Cynthia A. Papadakis (Mario) of Hudson, Ohio, Valerie E. Ruddock (David) of Columbus and Eric W. Brown (Tammy) of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Janis Verga and brothers, Kenneth W. Neuberg and Ronald O. Neuberg.

A private family Chapel service will be held at Roselawn Memorials Gardens, Meadville officiated by The Rev. Sarah Roncolato, Pastor of Stone United Methodist Church, with entombment to follow. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1 P.M. at Wesleyan Village, 807 West Avenue, Elyria.

Arrangements are by Wade-Coleman Funeral Home, Conneaut Lake.