Carol Lynne Robinson, born September 24, 1937, went home to God on September 3, 2016. She left this world surrounded in love by her six children. She was known for her humility and kindness, and throughout her life, she generously shared her teaching and music skills with her community. She was beautiful in every way and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Carol was the first of three girls born to Carolyn and William Glasser in Los Angeles, California. They were enamored with her beautiful blue eyes and gentle spirit. Carol lived most of her young life in Santa Monica and spent many hours studying the piano. On a summer day in 1953, she met her future husband, Bruce, at the high school pool. Bruce immediately and forever fell in love with Carol, and after dating for several years, married her while on leave from the army in 1958. The following year, Carol completed her bachelor’s degree in Music and earned her Teaching Credential at Mt. St. Mary’s College.
In marrying Bruce, Carol joined a large, wonderful Catholic family. Carol always wanted to have her own big family, and she was blessed with the births of seven children. Although she endured the loss of a son at birth, she remained positive and grateful for her treasures and was always patient and generous with each one. Her Catholic faith was most important to her, and she made sure her family never missed Mass, her children attended Catholic School, and she also volunteered as a CCD teacher. She was a natural teacher and taught each of her children to read by the time they entered kindergarten. Cleverly persistent about their education, at restaurants, she would use table napkins to quiz her children (and grandchildren) on their times tables and vocabulary words. It was no surprise that she went on to earn her master’s degree in Reading, and then taught Reading and Music for nearly 20 years at St. Dominic Savio School in Bellflower.
Throughout her adult life, Carol was the church organist and music accompanist. She provided piano lessons to schoolchildren, played the organ for countless weddings and funerals, and volunteered her time to perform and train musicians in the Leisure World community. After her retirement and the loss of her husband, she found joy as a musician for the Leisure World Community, where she made many dear friends. She was happy to share her musical talent and at one point, was the pianist for five bands. She also enjoyed accompanying the Leisure World Theatre performances and was the co-founder of the Ad Hoc Singalong with her dear colleague, William Frambach. She also truly appreciated her employment as the Church Organist at Holy Family Catholic Church. Carol loved her community, her children, grandchildren, and her God. She was a faithful and loving servant, and never said “no” to someone in need.
Carol is survived by her six children Mary (Alex), Bruce, Lisa (Stephen), Patricia (Robert), William, and Amy (Jon); and 14 grandchildren: Kathryn, Christopher, Alexandra, Candice, Nicholas, Joshua, Andrew, Caroline, Claire, Jeffrey, Meghan, Jenna, Gabriella, and Luke and 5 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Bruce, and her son, John. Recitation of the Rosary 9:30 a.m. with Funeral Mass at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, Seal Beach, CA 90740. The family requests donations to the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles, CA in lieu of flowers.