Carolyn U. St. John
Born – February 27, 1929
Died – April 26, 2019
Carolyn, also known as either Aunt Carolyn or Mama Carolyn to some was totally dedicated to her widespread family of 13 nieces and nephews, 31 great nieces and nephews and 10 great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two of her siblings, Mary Morgan and Anthony St. John, and was predeceased by her brother Nicholas St. John, and two sisters Madolyn Savage and Rose St. John. She is also predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Ada (nee Terrace) St. John.
She was a true-blue Brooklyn native. Born in Brooklyn, lived most of her life on East 4th St., never left and never even thought about leaving. And her extended family included her many Brooklyn neighborhood friends who she knew from East 4th St. between Avenues U and T, and throughout Gravesend, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and beyond. There probably wasn’t a shop owner on Avenue U who didn’t know her and consider her a friend.
She was an active communicant of Our Lady of Grace parish and was very proud of her part in helping to found the Blessed Mother Adoration Chapel. She could often be found knocking on doors of neighbors and businesses in her Brooklyn domain, looking for donations to help fund it.
She earned her college degree at St. John’s University and attended NYU working on her masters, all at night while she worked during the day for the MTA for many years.
Fiercely loyal to all those she loved, her favorite activity in life was to help these people, family, friends and sometimes even strangers. Whether they had problems with money, jobs, love, education, or family, she was always ready to dig in and find a way to make their lives better. While she never had her own children, she mothered just about anyone who needed it. Needless to say, there are many people who will miss her love and compassion.
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