Carol A. Rieske

April 25, 1961 ‒ December 02, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Carol Rieske, age 59 of Delaware, Ohio passed away Wednesday morning, December 2, 2020 at Delaware Court.

She was born on April 25, 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin, to the late Dr. John S. and Elaine (Eyring) Rieske. Her parents made their way to Delaware, Ohio and she would graduate from Buckeye Valley High School, along with the Delaware Area Career Center where she earned her Cosmetology license. Carol was baptized and attended the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints in Delaware.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving daughter Celina (David) Bunker; grandchildren Sam and Emilie Bunker; siblings, Marilyn (Karl) Nehring , John (Gisa) Rieske, Carl (Robin Edwards) Rieske, Steve (Karen) Rieske; sister-in-law, Sandy Rieske; nieces and nephews: Derek, Isaac, Aleks, Ralph, Jana, Kiri, Laurel, Erik, Maria, Neil, Ian, Jonathan, Melissa, Jason, Alicia, Shaina, Anika, Kelton, Tarah, and Celina; numerous great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother David.

Carol loved her faithful canine companion Booker, and enjoyed watching classic movies, attending concerts, as well as listening to many different types of music. She enjoyed helping others and rarely turned down an opportunity to help care for those in need.  Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren, and spending time with them. She enjoyed being with her family and friends any chance she got.

Carol’s favorite color was purple, any shade of it. The family requests that you wear purple to the visitation and celebration of life as a way to honor Carol.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 10:00 am to Noon at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 West William Street) Delaware, Ohio where funeral services will begin at Noon. Burial will follow at Oller Cemetery.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing requirements. Services will be live-streamed on the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center Facebook page at

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol’s honor may be directed to Grady Hospice at

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of comforting hugs and healing thoughts to your family.

  • Carol is and always will be cherished by my family. She was without guile in trying to help those who needed it. She helped others when it meant she would barely get by herself. She would cherish her family and recognized the eternal as important as her message is: families are forever. She saw the little things in life, marbles, flowers, children, and beauty all around her. There are not words, as her struggles do not tell the story, but the fact that she failed to give up, which we all need to do. Do not give up. See beauty is small things. Remember family is forever, not in the abstract, but as a part of your everyday life.

  • Celina, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a very special lady. Always laughing and enjoying a good time. Although I haven’t seen her for quite a while I have fond memories as neighbors and friends.

  • Our hearts are heavy and weary tonight, we are still in disbelief that Carol is gone.. For some reason, We just can’t wrap our heads around a world without her. She truly was a force to be reckoned with, when she made up her mind to do something it definitely got done. Positivity and Love Radiated from her, and for many she was a beaker of hope. The world is certainly a darker place without her! Aunt Carol, you will be sorely missed, but rest assured that your beauty, truth, and light shall continue to burn, through your daughter and grandchildren! Until we all meet again… We’ll miss you!
    All our Love
    Celina we are all here for you in every way, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone! Our deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss! We love you!

  • Celina, I’m so sorry you’ve lost your mom. I’m sending you lots of love and prayers for peace.
    Your friend, Nancy Oliver

  • Celina and family,
    I’m so sorry for Carol leaving you , us and this world so soon. I want to let you know that my heart is broken. I loved Carol with all my heart. She was a very special person to me. Call me if you need to talk. Uncle Tony (if you lost my number.. Anthony has it).

  • To my dearest friend Carol, I am gonna miss you friend. .We had so many good times that I cant describe them all. I hope your family has peace at this time and I know you are finally with mom and dad. God must have know that is where you wanted to be with mom and dad. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the Rieske family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I didn’t know her that long but really enjoyed her enthusiasm and positive attitude . She rented from us the last couple years. She was so proud of you Celina, your success in life , and your family- I know she loved all of her family from hearing her talk about you. May God bless you all – You’re in my thoughts and prayers during this time.