Carol Ann Lester

October 28, 1976 ‒ January 14, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Carol Ann (Zarske) Lester, 43, of Delaware, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 28, 1976 in Galesburg, Illinois the daughter of Steven & Bonnie (Hornback) Zarske. Carol graduated from Rock Island High School in 1994. Carol eventually made her way to Ohio, where she worked in customer service, for such places at AT&T, Verizon, Cato’s, a car dealership, and most recently Door Dash. She met the love of her life Christopher Lester through mutual friends they married on June 28, 2003, and were blessed with two children. Carol and Christopher have attended the Delaware City Vineyard Church for over 4 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 16 years Christopher Lester; children Nathan & Natalie Lester; mother Bonnie Zarske; sisters Tina Harris, Autumn (Scott) Moore, Stephanie Zarske; sisters in-law  Stacie (Daniel) Scholl, Amy (Chris) Taylor; brother in-law Timothy Lester; the favorite aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Steven Zarske.

Carol never knew a stranger; a 10 minute grocery store trip could easily turn into hours, due to her friendly, outgoing personality. Carol enjoyed watching movies, whether it was dramas or horror movies, or the occasional comedy that was Christopher’s favorite. She also enjoyed listening to music, in her earlier years it was rap and R&B, but Christopher had her listening to country, and Christian Rock bands. She also enjoyed traveling, and going tent camping, but Carol also liked the girlier things in life, and enjoyed getting her nails done and showing off her new purses. She was passionate when it came to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Reds, and the Chicago Cubs. Whatever Carol was doing though, she put her children and family first. Carol will be remembered as the vibrant, loveable, vocal, and sometimes stubborn individual that she was.

A Memorial Service celebrating Carol’s life will be held 6:00 pm Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Delaware City Vineyard, 32 Troy Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards The Delaware City Vineyard “Feed Delaware” Campaign, 32 Troy Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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  • Carol was a special person we were best friends before she moved to Ohio. She was the best her charming personality and warm smile made it easy to love her. She had a huge heart and would talk to help anybody out.. Let u vent and cry and she had a way of making anybody feel better. A true friend is Carol

  • I met Carol at our Monday small group at Tony and Kristen William’s. I will miss you, your wonderful personality and concern for other people. I remember the song you always requested during our worship at small group, “Oceans” I don’t think we played it quite enough, but I will always think of you when I hear it. I know now you are walking with the angels and singing with them, maybe you’re teaching them that song.

  • Omg I am in total shock and disbelief! I am so sorry to hear this and your family has my deepest condolences and prayers. Carol and I worked together at Anthem. She was always so happy and bubbly and we would talk about all the concerts she went to and she loved talking about her children. She will be missed. Love you Carol ❤️

  • Carol was so funny. I knew her and her family from childhood. They all were like my family. She will be dearly missed. Fly high with the Angels. I will miss you.

  • Chris! I am so sorry for u and ur family. Carol was a very special person, loved working with her at heart goes out to u.

    Carol, u r an Angle now. And I know u will be watching over ur family. Thank u for ur friendship. God bless u?

  • Carol my heart is broke. You was such a sweet and loving women to me. I remember all of our talks, laughs, and cries.. You will be missed dearly by your family and friends prayers to you all. May god rest your soul I love you.

  • I’ve know Carol for almost 20 years. I met her shortly after she moved to Ohio. Carol and I were best friends since day one. She was and is the sister I never had. She was a beautiful person side out. I introduced she and her husband Chris Lester. I took care of her babies while she worked for several years. She was the sweetest, bubbliest gal. She truly touched my soul and was a huge part of my family. My mom’s bonus daughter. Every kids birthday and Christmas we spent time together. I cherished our friendship and always will. Carol I will miss you more than words can convey. I love you and I know we will see eachother again in heaven one day. I promise to always be here for Nathan, Natalie and Christopher just as you asked of me. I love you so much, my heart will never be the same here on earth without you. Go be at peace with Jesus now. ❤🙏😭💔

  • I met you all when I helped you find a house. I was impressed by your spirit and you kindness. Carol was a truly kind person and always had a smile. I was glad to find you all on FB to keep up on your life. I was stunned to hear about her loss. Unimaginable.
    My heart goes out to you, Chris and the kids who are no longer the small babes I first met. Thank you for letting me a small part of your lives and keeping in touch on FB.
    Carol Couch

  • As i type this my heart is broken. I didnt know much of carols family but i knew carol quite well and she was always cheerful and genuine carol you truly were an amazing friend and an amazing person you were my buddy and im going to and already do miss you dearly. Im thankful for what time i got to spend with you getting to know you. My deepest condolences to her whole familyim sorry for your loss. When jesus called carol home heaven recieved an angel carol may your wings spread wide and your spirit fly high until we meet again my friend youll be deeply be missed.

  • I knew from the moment I met you, Carol, that I found a friendship I’d cherish for life…. I’ve always adored you for your book smart self and your heart of gold!!… I’ve admired your oh so bubbly attitude and your infectious laugh, cracked me up everytime!!… I’ll keep the memories close to my heart, from sitting around in your apartment on 7th Ave. watching the Bulls play basketball to the hot mess nights we spent in the District and I can’t forget about the early mornings spent at Denny’s or Village Inn… I kinda felt a void in my life when you moved away to Ohio but you were always about bigger and better things!!… You were an absolute amazing person and an even better friend!!… I’m blessed to have had someone like in my life!!… I’ll never forget you girl!!… And if I see your sisters & Mom, who love you so much, I’ll ALWAYS give them a great big hug for you!!..Until we meet up again darlin, rest easy!!.. ❣