Carolyn Ryder (Montonna) Wiley, at 80 passed away at home on July 21, 2012 with family at her side. She resided the last four years with her daughter Linda Pasnik at 8303 Sisson Hwy, Eden, NY.
Born November 25, 1931 in Nashua NH, the only child of the late Oscar L. Montonna and late Helen (Ryder) Montonna.
At the age of ten, her family moved back to Cape Vincent and she graduated from high school in 1949. She went on to Nursing College at Syracuse University. She married Charles A.Wiley, a local man in 1951, and raised her family in Cape. They had six children Mark C. (Glo) Wiley, Lawton, OK; Dawn C. (Tim) Rees, Elida, OH; Shane A. Wiley, Dunkirk, NY; Linda H. (Matt) Pasnik, Eden, NY; April W. (late Richard) Lee, Bar Harbor, ME; Dr. Krista M. (Kerri Neale) Wiley, Holley, NY. Sharing the lives of her twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren brought her much joy. Predeceased by her ex-husband Charles.
She could be found any summer day swimming or floating in the St. Lawrence River. She was a follower of birds and butterflies often traveling the roads looking high and low for her favorites. She was depended on by her friends for her identifying capabilities of flowers and weeds. Mother was a crossword wizard with very little cheating allowed. Being a gardener extraordinair, if you could get her out of the dirt you could find her scrapbookingexcessive piles of clipped articles. Lover of all reptiles and especially happy when she could wear a snake like a scarf (maybe this is why she was the last one to swim out at Wilsons Bay in the cold fall). She was never able to overlook a four leaf clover. Carolyn was an avid follower of tennis and had a secret obsession for Nadal. The vast collection of her oldies sheet music brought her much joy while playing on her piano.
A butterfly captures our hearts from the moment they appear. They are vibrant and graceful as their presence lifts our spirits. Gone much too soon, they will never be forgotten. She was caring and compassionate to family, friends, animals, and any stranger whether they wanted it or not. Most wonderful Mother forever! Most wonderful Friend forever!
A private family interment will be held in the Three Mile Bay Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice Foundation of WNY, Green Fund, 225 Como Park Blvd., PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240 or United Church of Cape Vincent, 260 E. Broadway Street in Carolyns name.