For becoming a new HWC member just two years ago, Carolyne has certainly jumped right in, made many new friends, and taken on a significant responsibility as co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee. But that is just how she rolls, entering any endeavor positively and giving it her all! Last fall, she and her co-chair, Shelley Pynn, managed the HWCC Golf Tournament to its most successful financial finish ever. Now, they have their sleeves rolled up working on the Yard Sale and The Gala. Carolyne says, “These events are a lot of fun, but a lot of work!”
Carolyne has a fun and friendly personality which has served her well throughout her life’s adventures. She indicates that her outlook began while growing up in Chillicothe, Ohio—in a brewery. Actually, she was born into a German Catholic family who owned and ran the August Wagner Breweries. Her grandfather migrated as a baby, when his family moved from the Baden-Baden region of Germany and founded the brewery. So, the lady knows her beers!
She has always put a high priority on physical fitness, beginning when she danced in the Nutcracker ballet as a high school sophomore. She was also the editor of her high school newspaper. She attended the University of Kentucky and Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, receiving a certification as a medical technician. During her early career, she taught physical fitness and strength training at the university and a hospital. She married young and had four daughters. After that marriage ended, Carolyne raised the girls as a single mother in the quaint City of Bay Village near Cleveland, OH. Later, she and the girls moved from the Midwest to South Florida to be nearer to relatives.
Carolyne relied on her positive energy while raising her four daughters, who are all intellectually gifted. And, her outgoing personality led her to meet the love of her life, Steven, while walking her dog through the neighborhood. At first, they were friends and Steven would help out with the girls’ activities. Over time, they fell in love and married. Steven was a telecommunication professional and had an opportunity to manage the Atlanta, GA territory for Northern Telecom. So, as the girls were grown now, they moved to Georgia. Shortly thereafter, Steven’s company asked him to move overseas as cell and microwave towers and fiber optics networks were being built. So, throughout the 1990s, Carolyne and Steven had a blast living around the world—in China, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. Wherever they went, Carolyne kept up her physical activities like teaching water aerobics in Brazil and bicycling around Beijing. Heartbreakingly, it came to an end when Steven passed away from a massive heart attack.
After spending a few years back in Georgia, Carolyne moved to Heathrow in 2016 to be near one of her daughters who also lives in Heathrow. “Nana,” as Carolyne is known by her six grandchildren, spends time with them in Heathrow, West Palm Beach, Brooklyn, NY and Connecticut. But they all came to her to celebrate her “fourscore” birthday milestone celebration in January.
Running HWC activities and mentoring grandchildren is not enough to keep Carolyne busy. She also participates in regular Dance Mix classes and is a member of the Heathrow Literary Book Club. She is planning to brush up on her Spanish at Seminole State College. And, to rekindle her passion for travel, she will be going on a Rhine River cruise this summer. We are so lucky that Carolyne joined HWC and her easy-going manner and sense of humor definitely make the hard work we do easier and more enjoyable for all of us!
By: Lee Granger