Obituary of Carolea Reigel
Carolea Reigel nee Linrud peacefully passed away on August 7, 2022. She was born in Bellingham, Washington on October 24, 1943 to Daniel and Mary Linrud. She had two older siblings, June and Daniel, and had numerous foster brothers and sisters throughout the years. Her favorite stories to share often involved one particular foster sibling named Patty. After graduating from Ferndale High School, she attended Western Washington University for a time before getting married and having her first child, Robin. After her divorce from Robin’s father, she met the man to whom she would be married for over forty years, Richard Reigel. They would go on to have two more children, George “Arlen” and Judith “Judi.”
While she held a few jobs over the years, none meant as much to her as helping children. While her youngest was in elementary school, she found her calling. She spent over a decade volunteering at Alderwood Elementary School, most notably working with a program called Bring Joy to a Child through the Bellingham School District’s Family Information Center.
The greatest joys in her life were her family. She is survived by her children Robin, Arlen, Judi, Andrew, and her daughter in love, Tina. In addition, she had her grandchildren Craig and Leandra, Krystlynn and Chris, Christopher, Autumn, Keith, Kolton, and Kayla. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Trinity, Kaelynn, Anthony, Lily, and Evilee. She also had numerous nieces and nephews and many, many close friends she thought of as family.
Services will be held October 8, 2022 at 2 pm at the Ferndale Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Ferndale, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her honor.
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