Carol Wirick

June 09, 1930 ‒ August 26, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Carol Chloe Nincehelser Wirick born June 9, 1930, died August 26, 2017, at age 87, after a protracted illness. She died at home, surrounded by family, and underneath the friendship quilt her friends made her years ago. In addition to her 42 years of marriage to Ray Wirick, and raising the four wonderful children who wrote this obituary, she was a bubbly, enthusiastic grandmother of seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Carol excelled at making everyone feel welcome and special.

With her sister Rachel Nincehelser, (Stockwell), her mother Helen McCormick Nincehelser and father Henry Stewart Nincehelser, they were a Great Depression family. She learned the value of thrift and service to others while growing up on 21st street in Columbus. She excelled at playing marbles, to the dismay of the boys who lost to her.  After moving to the family farm in Sunbury, and graduating second in a class of 24 at Sunbury High School, she worked as a nanny for the children of the president of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she attended college. She met Herbert Hoover there. While in college she was very popular, and known to smoke cigars at costume parties. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 as an art major. She got engaged to several different men, one at a time, until she reunited with her high school sweetheart Ray Wirick, after he got so nervous he dove into a bush when she caught him looking at her on campus.  She then worked as an art teacher and figured out the way to be popular with other teachers was to always have donuts in her classroom.  Once married, she had four children in five years and worked as a substitute teacher in Big Walnut schools.

In addition to raising her kids, she was a volunteer extraordinaire, not shy of vigorous commitment to her work, serving the Red Cross,  the Republican Party,  Big Walnut Schools, PTO President, Big Walnut Historical Society,  Delaware County Arts Castle,  Sunbury United Methodist Church,  Friends Who Share, Delaware County Board of Elections,  Eastern Star, and the National Women’s Health Initiative.  She supported LGBT Rights and Planned Parenthood.  She hosted then candidate John Kasich at a fundraiser in her home. She cooked for Lions. Every month for years, she made birthday cakes for residents of a local nursing home, because she didn’t want them to be forgotten.   She was active in two ladies’ groups for more than fifty years: Searchlight Club and Diapers to Degrees Mothers’ Club. They were girlfriends for life.

She did all this while caring for her father Stewart Nincehelser, and her aunt Esther McCormick, who lived in houses next door to her for over thirty years until they died.

She was a lady with passions.  She would tackle a project and master it, turning herself into a tractor-driving farmer, a room mother, a hat-knitting machine, a lasagna-making cook, a one-woman quilting bee, a swimmer, a woodworker, a maple syrup tapper, a hooked rug maker, a bloodmobile organizer, an international traveler, a memoir writer.  She had energy and effervescence. In the summer of 1985 she hiked 8 miles from Sunbury to Westerville nearly every day, just because she felt like it. She was funny, daffy, creative, and caring. Every day she was “fine and dandy.”

In her self-published memoir and family history, Shadows Captured:  she wrote “There are times when my life is just too wonderful. Life is truly a gift that goes far beyond my imagination. I suspect that any afterlife for me will be in those people who knew me or see something I have done. I’m willing to be surprised though.”  Indeed.

She is survived by her children: Sally Beske, (Bryan Beske), Kevin Wirick (Sheila Wirick) Dale Wirick, (Nancy Wirick), Carrie Wirick (Thomas Smith), grandchildren Colin Beske (Kathleen Rowland), Sarah Beske (Timothy Zepelak) Stewart Wirick, Spencer Wirick, Mindy Pyle (Justin Pyle), Tyler Smith, Celeste Smith, and great grandchildren: Emma Pyle, Claire Pyle, Juliet Rowland-Beske, and Theodore Rowland-Beske. Special thanks go to Visiting Angels for their loving care of our mother.

Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday 8/30/17 at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N St Rt 61 at St Rt 3, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. Services will be held 11:00 am Thursday at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry St., Sunbury. Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839

Boone, IA 50037. Condolences may be expressed at


  • To the family of Carol,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know how Much Carol was loved by Bob’s family. She was one of a kind, a class act.

    Diane Resnik
    (Bob Cheadle’s daughter)

    • Thank you, Diane. We’ve been looking through pictures and enjoying those that show your Dad with our mom. They had such a fun and lively relationship. Your father was such a special part of her life and our family for many years.

      Sally Beske

  • To all the Wirick family, past, present, and future.

    I’m very glad to have known Carol. It was not by chance our paths crossed. I know your dearly loved Mother inspired many, including me.

    Helen Williams
    (Visiting Angels)

    • Thank you Helen. You were a wonderful blessing to us. We are so grateful for your service, love and care of our mom.

  • To the witick family, your mother and father were so good to our family and she will be very much missed by the community. It was always great to stop in and talk with her. She always had an infectious smile and wonderful personality. Always a great neighbor and wonderful person. Your were truly blessed to have her as a mother and grandmother. Prayers for your family in this difficult time. The world was a better place because of her.

    The Kletrovetz family

  • We are so very sorry for the loss of your mother, Carol. I knew Carol for many years and We were in several activities together at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, including the Quilting Club. I have a friendship quilt that she and my mother made a square for. Likewise, I made a square for her friendship quilt. Tender tears when I read that she left this world and went on to Jesus under that quilt.
    Always loved both of your folks and cherish the years we were friends. We too, were pleased to witness and share in Dad and Carol’s friendship. Our family was blessed by Carol being a part of us for those years . Sadly missed. She was a wonderful woman! You are all blessed to have such a mother.

  • Sally, Kevin, Dale, and (especially) Carrie – Your mother was always such great fun when we visited your home, and when she came to our classrooms. Just thinking about her now brings a big smile to my face. She was always happy and her happiness was infectious. Yes, she may have been “daffy,” but we loved her all the more for it. I still have fond memories of the time your Dad and Mom organized a trip for a group of us to go down to the Ohio Theater to see “Singing In the Rain,” and then back to your house for an after-party. What fun! May her memory be a blessing for you and your families.

  • To family of Carol Wirick,
    We were very lucky to have had shared one grandchild and two great grandchild with Carol. She was a lovely person and always smiling. So sorry she has gone, but sure she is happy in heaven. We will miss her and our prayers are with her and all her family.

    To the family of Carol Wirick. We were very happy to have shared one grandchild and two great grandchildren with Carol. She was a lovely person and always smiling.
    Our prayers are with her and all her wonderful family. She will be missed.

  • We Joined Sunbury United Methodist church 32 yrs ago and your darling mom was one of the first people we meet. She and Louise Hyder along with Gary Klempnaur convinced me to direct our first Moravian Lovefeast at our church. It was a blast she knew everyone and who to ask for everything. Then years later I was blessed with getting to be Henry’s homecare nurse. I loved that dear man and your Mom was always so welcoming, appreciative and upbeat when I was there. She was a Ladies Lady. Totally a class act no mater if she was cooking in the kitchen, sharing a memory about one of you all, or just Simply being beautiful Carol. We have a rooster that I bought in a church bizarre that one of you made that I have always treasured. She sits on the cabinet in our kitchen. I have always felt blessed that I knew your parents and what a blessing to all of you for the many lives she has touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • We are sorry for the loss of so dear a lady. Dear Aunt Carol & Uncle Ray were always so kind, generous, enthusiastic & encouraging to us. I have cherished memories especially of staying with them in the Summer of 1992. They were 2 of the 5 family members who came all the way to MN for our wedding. We actually have a wall of photos inspired by the photo wall in their home. She encouraged & inspired me so much. She holds a special place in my heart. I’m amazed by all she accomplished & thankful to have known & loved her.

  • So very sorry to hear if Carol’s passing. We lost touch after Uncle Ray’s passing. I did see her several times at school events with her grandchildren. Many childhood memories come to mind. Prayers for the family.

  • What a terrific person. We are all better for having known her. She left her tremendous smile in our hearts.

  • I have such fond memories of Aunt Carol (and Uncle Ray) from my childhood. Of Christmas gatherings. Of you, Sally, at the piano and all of the cousins gathered around singing. Aunt Carol was an amazing woman and much more busy than I ever knew. What a legacy she leaves behind. Something to be proud of. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love!!

  • To all of the family. So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Sending prayers for comfort to all of you!
    So sorry that I will not be able to attend calling hours or the service, but you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sorry to here of Aunt Carol’s passing she always was in a happy mode & always wanted to make people happy she will be sadly missed we lost touch after Uncle Ray passed she is in a better place god bless

  • Carol always lighted up the room and put a smile in everyone’s heart. She was a very special friend to my mother, Jeannette, and together they could be a force to be reckoned with! She was a strong and positive influence for our community, always working on or for special events and projects. There was never any doubt of her love and devotion for family, and her love for her friends and neighbors was never failing. She made everyone who knew her stronger and happier. She will truly be missed! My sincere sympathy to the entire Wirick family.

  • Kevin, Sally and the rest of the family…I am so saddened to hear of Carl’s passing. I have such fond memories of her, your dad, and all of you. Please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and bless you all and give you peace.

  • Very sad to hear of Carol’s passing. She and Ray were always supportive of my election campaigns and were of great help. They even put a large, large sign in their yard where it could not be missed. Her smile I will always remember. My sympathy to her family. She was a great lady!

  • During the time that I was director of the Red Cross, Carol was a regular volunteer. On behalf of all of us that worked with her in this role, thank you and God Bless!