Carolyn Iler Shoen Gerrard made life-long friends at all of her stops. When her kids got a little older, she successfully started her own consignment store in Manlius, NY and then worked in retail after she relocated with Jim to MA. In Glens Falls, she worked with Sera Graphics at first, and then partnered to create Hometown Tees. That business created and developed designs of imprinted sportswear products that , like the iconic Glens Falls Gazebo design, celebrated community pride throughout the southern Adirondacks.
She was a writer of stories and poems. She participated in local writing groups and publicly read selected poems. A life’s worth of poetry was self-published as a book she titled “FACETS”, which was a sentimental collection of her poems describing the adventures of raising seven children. Her most recent passion involved casinos and games of chance, but she never wrote about those experiences.
Carolyn’s greatest joy was time spent with her family. She is survived by her husband James Gerrard, her sons Tim, Steve and Mike, and her daughters Cathy DeSanti (James) and Marianne Shoen-Hunter (Joseph). Her grandchildren were a huge part of her life for over thirty years. Left to cherish Carolyn’s memory and influence are Kara Lindsay and Megan Shoen (Tim), Allison and Kristen DeSanti (Cathy). She is also survived by Christopher and Sarah Shoen (Steve), Robert Shoen (Mike), Collin Shoen (Matt), as well as Danny and Carly Hunter (Marianne). Her great-granddaughter Sayde Shoen (Robert) was a source of great joy, as were numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws of over sixty-five years.
Calling hours will take place Wednesday, June 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804.
A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joseph Arockiasamy, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Granville.
Burial will be private to the family.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested donations be made to the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York, Socha Plaza, 123 Saratoga Rd., Scotia, NY 12302.
Condolences may be mailed to Baker Funeral Home, or e-mailed through bakerfuneralhome.com.