Holyoke: Carol J. (Smith) Lund Wilder, 83, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Loomis House in Holyoke surrounded by her loving family. She leaves her husband Howard F. Wilder, a daughter, Jennifer C. (Lund) Smith and her husband, Stephen, of Dahlonega, GA, a son Thomas K. Lund and his wife, Cecilia, of Holyoke, MA, and a son Stephen H. Lund and his wife, Pascale Lucier of Waltham, MA. She leaves 6 grandchildren Danielle M. Lund, Christopher P. Lund, Dianne E. Lavoie and her husband Garrett, Charles Smith, and Henry and Endrias Lund, and her sister, Joyce (Smith) Messier and her husband, Leo, and many cousins, including Nancy (Wilder) Hallstrom, who was also her close friend, as well as several nieces and nephews. She also leaves beloved stepchildren Linda and John Daniel of Southbridge, MA, Gary Wilder of Spencer, MA, and Jennifer and James Kovacs of Clinton, MA, and 6 step grandchildren Leana Wilder, Kyla McKinstry, Dale Wilder and wife, Liz, Erika (McKinstry) Wine and husband, Christopher, Kara (Kovacs) Ingalls and husband, Vincent, Kyle Wilder, and several great grandchildren from her marriage to Howard whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her brother, Ralph D. Smith Jr., and his wife, Joan, and first wife, Marjorie (Leach) Smith.
Carol was born in Worcester on January 21, 1934, daughter of the late Ralph D. Sr., of Worcester and Mary J. (Parrott) Smith who was born in Auburn, RI. She graduated from North High School in Worcester and the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for 18 years as an RN in the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital until her retirement in 1994. Previous positions include RN positions at Health Services at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Amherst Nursing Home. She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Alumnae Association. Carol was a member of South Congregational Church in Amherst, MA, and also often attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, where her husband Howard is a member. She was a member of the South Congregational Church Bible Study Group and its Shawl Ministry. Carol loved to sing and play the piano and assemble albums of photos of family events and that of friends.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 9:30- 11:00 a.m. in Nordgren Funeral Home 300 Lincoln St. Worcester. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church 73 Lancaster St. Worcester. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in West Boylston. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol's memory may be made to the South Amherst Congregational Church Deacon’s Fund, 1066 S East St, Amherst, MA 01002, or the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd, Amherst, MA 01002. For directions or to leave an online condolence message, please click link.