Carole Margaret Bohrer

April 16, 1936 - February 15, 2018
Carole Margaret Bohrer

Carole Margaret Bohrer, of Brunswick Forest in Leland passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the UNC Health Care Center.  She was born in Rochester, NY on April 16, 1936 to Clarence Joseph Bohrer and Thelma Flynn Bohrer. Carole would later raise her children in Massachusetts and Europe managing a family of four while attaining her master’s degree. It was her favor towards dulcet temperatures that would eventually lure her further south to what became her true home in North Carolina. The region’s pastoral beauty, soothing light and gentle terrain provided a natural backdrop fueling her joyful spirit together with her preferred pursuits.

She was happiest outdoors, and was well known for developing and nurturing her gardens, coaxing cascades of flowers to sprout from the region’s rich clay, providing a beautiful respite for a host of butterflies, birds and friends.  Carole, also spent her outdoor time traveling, walking and swimming.  Included among her other passions were the arts and higher education. She remained a lifelong learner, attending classes at the University of Wilmington and other institutes, pursuing a wide variety of topics from history, the arts, and cultures. Carole loved witty conversation and good books and was especially supportive of the local book clubs where she found both.  Carole was well known for immersing herself in her community. She was a patron and volunteer at theater, musical, and museum events in Wilmington as well as in the other locations she had lived prior to making her home in North Carolina.

During her career Carole gained extensive experience helping professionals develop their skills through the Dale Carnegie Training organization.  She put these talents to good use supporting community and enhancing lives by actively fostering programs for Habitat for Humanity, The Bellamy Mansion and numerous other non-profit activities.  Giving back to people was throughout her life among her greatest pleasures.

Carole’s brilliancy of spirit was reflected in the vibrant colors and patterns she wore and surrounded herself with.  When she met another person, friend or stranger, she greeted them with a beautiful, open smile, in this way sharing her music, laughter and love.

She is survived by daughters, Lorie and Sheila Karnath; sons Paul and John Karnath.  Also, her children-in-law, Robert Roethenmund and Catherine Communal, her grandsons Nicolas Jean-Paul, James Louis-Albert, and Tiber as well as extended family members.

A Celebration of Life memorial ceremony will be held 2 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

The family requests that any donations be sent in Carole’s name to:

Bellamy Mansion Jazz Concert Series in honor of Carole; Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401   910-251-3700 ,
​Habitat for Humanity Leland, 414 Village Road, NE Leland, NC 28451 910-338-3648 or

Friends of Leland Library, 487 Village Road, Leland, NC, 28451 910-233-8571

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  • February 19, 2018
    lora lansberry says:
    I am sorry for your loss, if you pour out your heart to the God of all comfort he will help you . 2 Corinthians 1:3

  • February 21, 2018
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  • February 22, 2018
    Linda Luchetti says:
    Carole was a dear friend and neighbor. I am happy that I had the privilege of having her in my life during my 9 years in Brunswick Forest. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time. Linda Luchetti, Rochester NY

  • March 01, 2018
    Rev. Deborah Marshall says:
    To The Family: I had the great privilege of sitting next To Carole during a 50th anniversary celebration for the Atkinsons. Her zest for life and the arts was exuberant. When the phrase "First Impressions, Lasting Impressions" was developed, it was made for Carole. We weren't strangers, but kindred spirits. It seemed as if we knew each other forever. Thank you, God, for allowing me to see You in Carole. I extend my heartfelt condolences.