After a very long illness, Carol K. Bonesteel, 82, passed away peacefully in the arms of her husband on July 29, 2021. Carol was born in Albany, New York on May 4, 1939 to the late Carl and Lillian Kuhn.
She is survived by her loving husband, David, of 52 years. Carol is also cherished in memory by her two children, David Bonesteel (Jaki) of Roanoke, VA and Scott Bonesteel (Kelly) of Williamsburg, VA. Carol was blessed with four loving grandsons, Benjamin, Hayden, Bryce, and Hunter.
Carol received her BSN from a combined education at St. Peters Hospital School of Nursing and Russell Sage College. After receiving her education, Carol worked at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, NY. She was a talented, hardworking, and dedicated RN and as a result, she became the head nurse of the Intensive Care Unit at the young age of 26. Carol worked at hospitals on the West and East coasts; as David’s company transferred him from California to an engineering office in New York. While in California, Carol enjoyed working at Stanford University Hospital (Palo Alto, CA). After years of hospital nursing, she accepted a management position at Kaiser Permanente in Northern Virginia. She worked there for 21 years and retired in 2002.
Carol was a devout Catholic from birth until the time of her passing. Carol and Dave are members of St. Bede Catholic Church where Carol was a JOY minister. In addition, along with another RN parishioner, she started the “Nurses Ministry”. She also served on a Search Committee to fill two key staff positions under the direction of our previous pastor Msgr. Keeney. Carol was also one of the early volunteers for the House of Mercy.
Not only did Carol take part in her church, she served on the Board of Directors of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church’s Respite Care Center. Carol and another RN founded a group and named it “The Nightingales”. This group of retired nurses would meet for lunch once a month and have a guest speaker in the field of nursing. The group has now expanded to over 70 members. Carol was a long-standing member of the Williamsburg Women’s Club where she served in various Board positions including Vice President and Chairman of Scholarship Committee. She also volunteered as an RN at Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center.
Carol and David loved to travel together. Two of their most memorable trips abroad were visiting Vatican City in Italy and another trip to Oberammergau, Germany to see the “Passion Play”. Carol also loved spending family vacations at the beach. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, bird watching, and reading. She took part in many book clubs. Carol loved spending quality time with her family and friends entertaining, dining out, and watching live theatre and music performances. She also enjoyed playing Canasta and Mah Jongg with a group of neighbors.
Carol was a quiet woman with a big and selfless heart. She was a servant of God and gave her life to serving others, especially through nursing. Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Carol’s funeral mass will be at St. Bede’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11am. After the funeral mass, there will be an Inurnment. Following the services, lunch and refreshments will be served in Kaplan Parish Hall at St. Bede’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the Williamsburg House of Mercy or to St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing in Albany, NY.
Carol’s service will be live streamed on St. Bede Catholic Church website at https://www.bedeva.org/