Carolyn Abramson

Birth Date: 
Monday, February 28, 1927
Date of Passing: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

WOOSTER - Carolyn Abramson, 90, of Wooster, died peacefully on December 1, 2017, surrounded by her beloved family and friends. Carolyn was born to Sarah and Joseph Sarbin on February 28, 1927, in Massillon, Ohio. She was active in a variety of activities throughout her life. During her high school years, she was editor of her high school newspaper, appeared in many stage productions, and was a member of the debate team. During these years, Carolyn began her life-long love of tennis and was named the junior tennis champion of Stark County. In June of 1944, at the age of 17, she met her future husband and lifelong companion, Edwin Abramson.

Carolyn continued her education at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, enrolling in a U.S. Army program that required her to serve in the war at the conclusion of her studies. Fortunately, the war ended, and Carolyn and Ed were married on August 30, 1948. They remained married and in love for nearly 70 years.

Never one to be idle, Carolyn soon began work as an operating room nurse at Wooster Hospital. At that time, the operating room was located on the second floor. There was no elevator, so part of her job required her to help carry patients by stretcher up and down the stairs.

In 1950, the first of her three children, Ann, was born, followed by Larry in 1952 and Daniel in 1955. Carolyn took a short break from her career, but remained active in her community. She later returned to work as a nursing instructor at the Wayne County Career Center where she started the LPN program. She also founded her own wellness newsletter for the Wooster Hospital and many clinics and doctor's offices throughout Wayne County. She subsequently began a new career as Guardian ad Litem for Wayne County while continuing to author numerous articles for the hospital's community publications. She retired early at the age of 90.

As a lifelong feminist and outspoken activist, Carolyn advocated for and mentored countless women in the community and served as a role model for women in every walk of life. A force to be reckoned with, Carolyn was first and foremost, alovinq wife, mother and devoted friend who will be dearly missed and remembered with much love and gratitude by the many lives she touched.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Edwin Abramson; her brother Hershel Sarbin and his wife Susan of New York City; daughter Ann Abramson of Tucson, Arizona; son Larry Abramson and daughter in law Laurie of Columbus, Ohio; son Daniel Abramson and daughter in law Amy of Davis, California; grandchildren Michael, Adam, Nathan, David, Julia, and Maya; and great grandchildren Katelyn, Owen, Levi and Alice.

The community is invited to attend a memorial service honoring the life of Carolyn Abramson at the McIntire Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home located at 216 E. Larwill in Wooster, OH on Sunday, December 3, at 11 :30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a community-focused organization, including: LifeCare Hospice of Wayne and Holmes Counties, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691; OneEighty/Every Women's House, 104 Spink Street, Wooster, OH, 44691; Knesseth Israel Temple, P.O. Box 972, Wooster, OH, 44691; and Planned Parenthood, 334 E. Milltown Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a community-focused organization, including: LifeCare Hospice of Wayne and Holmes Counties, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691; OneEighty/Every Women's House, 104 Spink Street, Wooster, OH, 44691; Knesseth Israel Temple, P.O. Box 972, Wooster, OH, 44691; and Planned Parenthood, 334 E. Milltown Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.



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Memorial service on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home


Carolyn was such an important person to so many in Wooster. We will miss our dear friend Carolyn.

Mrs. Abramson was one of my Nursing Instructors when I was in the High School PN Program in 1975. She was very interactive with her students. Although very stern, she had gentle intuition about each of us & enjoyed teaching. I've always utilized her tid-bits of information & "how to do things" throughout my Nursing career. It was fun seeing her at various events, etc. She will be missed by her family & the Wooster community she had been so involved with!

I have fond memories of LPN school at WCCC with Mrs. Abramson. She cared about each of us as a person, not just as students.

We treasure the memories of our years as neighors of Carolyn, Ed, and the three young Abramsons. Our our love and condolences to all of you from all the Remy family.

I had the honor of meeting and then visiting with Carolyn various times at Luke and Leigh's house. What a great role model she was to all who met her. She was vibrant, enthusiastic, and so kind. I loved watching her interact with our young grandchildren. The dash between her years 1927-2017 definitely represents a life well lived! I am glad I was fortunate to have met her!

Dear Eddy, Ann, Larry, Daniel and your families,

The "magical thinking" part of me was sure that Carolyn would fool her doctors and stay with us. Certainly all, including God, would agree that she was far too busy and had much good work left to do. She simply didn't have time to attend a funeral, even her own, and would purpose to reschedule for 2025 or so.
But perhaps, for people like Carolyn, it's unnecessary to be here physically to continue the good work she started because she has inspired others. Certainly, this is the case with me and the mission of The Shane Foundation.
I was just thinking last week about taking Carolyn to Washington with me to add her strong voice to the "Coalition for Women's Health Equity". And I really wanted to ask her opinion about the maternal safety information for the national "Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care".
She would understand what needs to be accomplished and how to go about it. She was far out ahead of us all. The word "legacy" comes to mind. Our family was truly fortunate to have Carolyn as a member!

I had the pleasure of working with Carolyn at the Wooster Community Hospital when Waldo K. Landis was the Administrator and I, his Assistant. I admired Carolyn as a teacher of the LPN Program and looked up to her after getting to know her. Throughout my working career as an Administrative Assistant and Social worker, I have quoted from Carolyn to many young and mature people wanting to become a LPN, but, feared the learning process encouraging them what Carolyn said she would rather teach a "C" student over an "A" student. Carolyn's reasoning; the "C" student being much more compassionate, caring, and loving. Her legend lives on with many people I wrote contracts for have become a LPN. Love you, Carolyn.

Carolyn was a great friend to my mom, Nancy. She cared deeply about people and was always willing to help and care for others. Heaven has a wonderful group of women and I'm sure they're having a great time. Many hugs and lots of love to all of you.

I met Mrs. Abramson during her service with the Wayne County Probate Court. She was an amazing and caring person who will be truly missed in the community. My deepest condolence to her family and friends.

Dear Abramson family, please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear wife and mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Love Jodie and Keith.

Dear Larry, Laurie and Julia,

So sorry for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. May you cherish all the happy moments you shared.

My condolences to Carolyn's family.

Dear Eddy, Ann, Larry, Daniel and your families,

I remember Carolyn (Mrs. Abramson to me) as one of the coolest Mom's when I was growing up in Wooster. She was also a great friend to my Mom and Dad who are now with her in Heaven. My condolences to all the family. I know it's hard to lose somebody like that but the memories are never lost. May God bless all of you.

Please know you have my deepest sympathy In your mother's passing.

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