Carol passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home in Plainwell.
She was born November 15, 1931 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Thomas and Helen (Byland) Fishleigh. Graduating in l949 from Grand Rapids South High, Carol went on to earn her nursing degree from Chicago Presbyterian Hospital.
Her marriage to Robert Meles on September 12, 1959 brought the blessing and challenge of raising 3 young children and a new career with Bob’s Hardware, all embraced with devotion and enthusiasm. Carol loved life and most especially when in the company of her family and friends.
She enjoyed following Michigan sports teams, traveling, sailing and giving of her time to others. Marco Island held a special spot in Carol’s heart and she spent many happy retirement years in her Florida home.
A dedicated member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 62 years, she was proud to organize Chapter ED, Otsego in 1980. She held dual membership in the Otsego Congregational Church and the United Church of Marco Island and was a member of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club.
Surviving are her children, Catherine (Martin) Hill, James Meles, and Bruce (Connie) Meles; grandchildren, Dan (Ashley) Hill, Katy (Kevin) Cox, Jon (Leslie) Hill, Aaron (Kim) Meles, and Nathan Meles and 11 great-grandchildren. A niece, Michelle Barsamian, also survives.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 38 years, and her brother John Fishleigh.
Friends may visit with Carol’s family starting 9:30 A.M., Friday, August 2, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego until the time of the memorial service starting at 10:30 A.M., with Carol’s family officiating.
Please join the family for lunch following the service.
According to her wishes, cremation will take place and burial will occur at a later time at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego or The United Church of Marco Island, Florida.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.