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“Mrs Carroll taught 3 of our children, Candice, Rich & Steven at Holy Rosary. We were so grateful she helped our children enjoy school. She was an...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Deb & Rich Nichols - Claymont, DE

“So sorry for your loss. It is also a loss for a lot of us at Holy Rosary. She was one great lady. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Szczuka - Wilmington, DE

“Our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this sad time. Mrs. Carroll was a caring & loving teacher who always showed compassion for her...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Horne - Wilmington, DE

“My heart goes out to you and your family during this trying time. May the Lord bless you and keep you and support you during the days and weeks to...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Dick Bugbee - Wilmington, DE

“Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of a partner and a mother. Your family is in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. ...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy VanPernis - Sunnyvale, CA

“Mikey, Michelle, and Sean, our thoughts are of you during this period as you and we think back on the wonderful memories of Shirley. Her everlasting...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Ben Waide

“I'm Trying to focus on all the laughs and stories we shared. Shirley was such a beautiful person inside and out. She impacted my life in more ways...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Diane Whitaker

“to the Carroll family,Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.Our hearts are saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with you....Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Claudia Franco-Choe - NY - Friend

“We were so very, very sorry to read that Shirley passed away. She taught our sons, Jason and Jon at Holy Rosary. She was kind, caring and will never...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She taught my son, Matthew at Holy Rosary School. She was a caring, loving teacher. RIP Mrs. Carroll. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Sherry - Wilmington, DE

“Our condolences and prayers to the Carroll family. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: dean & jeanne czech - ft myers, FL

“When I worked with Shirley, I saw firsthand how much she cared for her students, her coworkers, and her family. She was such a giving person always...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Dietrich - Wilmington, DE

“Shirley was so much more than a friend. We were high school buddies, sorority sisters, buddies all through college, roomed together in Rochester...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Solan - West Bloomfield, MI

“Shirley was a beautiful person and wonderful k8ndergarten treacherous t2 of my 5 children I will miss her sense of humor and happy smile God bless...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Clare and Kevin Sarkissian - DE


Shirley A. Carroll, age 73, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away suddenly on Friday, March 3, 2017 at her home on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Shirley was born in Camillus, New York, the daughter of the late Victor and Anna Knapp. A graduate of Fredonia State Teachers University, she taught kindergarten in the Rochester, New York public school system. While working in Rochester, Shirley met and married her husband, Michael T. Carroll in 1968. In 1969, she left teaching to raise her children, Michelle and Sean.

In 1980, the family was transferred by DuPont to Wilmington, Delaware where Shirley returned to the classroom. She started the first kindergarten class at Holy Rosary School in Claymont. She taught for 18 years and retired in 1998.

Shirley loved children and was dedicated to helping them grow and develop. She was loyal, caring and giving to her family and friends and will be missed terribly by her three granddaughters.

In addition to her parents, Shirley is also predeceased by her sister Janet Discenza. She is survived by her husband Michael; daughter Michelle Lugg and her husband Sean; son Sean Carroll and his wife Angelina; three granddaughters Emily, Bridget and Violet, and brother John Knapp of Madison, Wisconsin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00am on Monday March 13, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington where friends and family may visit from 10:00 to 11:00am. Interment will be in Rochester, New York at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley's memory to the Delaware Humane Assoc., 701A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.