Carolyn Calandro (nee Hohman) passed away on December 6, 2017 surrounded by her husband John, her children and close friends. Carolyn was born March 31, 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the oldest of four children. While attending Dominican High School in Detroit, MI she was set up on a blind date with John and a match made in heaven began.
Carolyn attended nursing school at Borges Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI and became an RN. She and John were married in 1962 and enjoyed a honeymoon on the cross-country move to Santa Barbara. She loved babies and was blessed with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Goleta Valley Community Hospital helping children come into this world and took in 10 foster babies.
In her retirement, she volunteered at Cottage Hospital. Carolyn loved knitting, sewing, cooking, and baking. She was a caring friend and enjoyed a good game of bridge with the girls. She loved to entertain and everyone entering her home always felt welcome and left well fed. Her fiesta parties were legendary. She loved to laugh and had a beautiful smile.
She is survived by her husband John of 55 years, her daughters Lisa (Jo), Cathy (Jeff) and Michelle and sons John (Eileen) and David (Donna). She is beloved by her grandchildren Maggie, John, Kieran, Samantha, Max, Matthew, Miles, Nicolas and Ava. She was dearly loved and will be forever missed. Donations may be made in Carolyn’s name to Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Cancer Gets Lost (www.cancergetslost.org), or your favorite charity. A service in honor of Carolyn’s life will be held on December 22, 2017 at 10 am at the Santa Barbara Mission. Reception to follow.