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Obit: Carole Rumball Lesar, teacher, community volunteer, arts patron


Carole Lesar was one of the people who made the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts a success.

Obit reprinted from Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home website.

Carole Rumball Lesar died February 23, 2018 at the age of 75.
Carole lived her life with passion, strength and determination. She was vibrant, health -conscious and physically active, but underlying lung issues and complications from pneumonia took her from us too soon. Carole died peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She received the best possible care from the ICU staff at Health Sciences North. 

Carole was born in Sudbury, Ontario to Reginald and Grace (nee Johnson) Rumball on December 23, 1942. Her early years were spent on Rumball Drive growing up among aunts, uncles, and cousins in an idyllic Northern Ontario childhood that helped foster her lifelong love for Sudbury and the outdoors.
After secondary school, Carole attended Teacher’s College in Toronto and continued to complete her Masters. She was a great teacher full of enthusiasm and commitment to her students. Her talents and skills were recognized as she moved from teacher to vice-principal to become one of Sudbury’s first female principals. Always, devoted to her staff, her students, their parents and the community, she made a difference in many lives. Her own was equally enriched.

After retirement Joe and Carole golfed, travelled to Florida and Slovenia and enjoyed life in Sudbury with family and friends. Joe struggled with many illnesses during the last years of his life and Carole was his rock through to his death.

In her later years, Carole had a very active life. She adventured with her “GG girls” whom she adored. And spoke about often. She travelled to France, Italy and Newfoundland with friends. On her own, she went to a health retreat in Esalen, California and then embarked on a trip to the Arctic. She also explored her talent for the arts through painting, and enjoyed a multitude of local events such as the Sudbury Jazz Festival, Cinefest and evenings out with friends to the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and the Sudbury Theatre Centre. 

Carole cared about the strength of her community and volunteered in supporting the Finlandia Ethics Committee, Memoirs Programme with Seniors and High School Students, Sudbury Arts Council, as well as the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. 
Her exuberance and passion for life reminds us to live each day to its fullest and appreciate what we have. Her strength and love of learning teaches us to try new things and not be withdrawn. Her belief in others reminds us to be kind, understanding and to reflect and support others.
Carole lived a good life and will be missed.

Predeceased by the love of her life, Joe Lesar. Carole will be greatly missed and remembered with fondness by Joe’s daughters, Sandra Lynn Lesar (Ronnie Hagar) and Leigh Lesar (Ronald Regan); grandchildren Erinn Kosmerly (Jaye) and Jeremy Closs (Megan O’Byrn) and great granddaughters, Sylkin and Kadyn Kosmerly. She shared a special love with her brothers Richard Rumball and Michael Rumball (Gloria Schwartzentruber), nieces Andrea Brown (Guy) and Dana Kirschner (Todd), and nephew Christian Rumball. Carole had many meaningful relationships with friends over her lifetime. Carole always had a special place in her heart for her Westies, Corky, Abby and Reggie. 


Visitation will be held at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 from 3 pm to 7pm only. There will be a Memorial Service in the R.J. Barnard Chapel on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carole Lesar Bursary.

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