“She was the cook, the hostess, the comforter, and the keeper of all the mysterious secrets of how to do just about everything.” Carolyn Ivone, the matriarch, the queen of our hearts, passed away peacefully on the evening of January 16, 2022; she lived 86 years.
Daughter of the late Theodore Babbitt and Nellie Catalano, Carolyn, an only child, was born in 1935 in Linden, New Jersey. She spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, graduating from Midwood High School, where she was a member of the guard crew, a class secretary, and a class treasurer.
In high school, she met her lifelong love, Henry, who lovingly wrote in her yearbook, “To Carolyn, with our love and a little luck, we’ll always be lucky.” Henry’s foresight was correct; they married in 1954 and spent 41 more inseparable years together cruising around the world or exploring the casinos on the East Coast. Friends often accompanied the couple on these trips. They remember Carolyn as the ‘sweetest girl’ who was impeccably dressed with a sense of class and style.
Carolyn, Henry and their children moved to Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1966. She lived there for nearly fifty years, often crocheting or painting ceramics, as a stay at home mom, entertaining the family at Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and countless days in between, while also working as a playground assistant at Samuel Everitt Elementary School for over twenty years. .
Carolyn, a member of the Queen of the Universe Parish, was truly in her element in the company of those she loved, cooking traditional Italian dinners while the kids played billiards or darts, and the occasional bull’s eye as nobody looked. When not entertaining, traveling or serving as our memory maker, Carolyn can be found with Henry in matching forest green armchairs, watching Lawrence Welk or classic movies while Henry predictably falls asleep. Her last eight years she lived in Holland Village Nursing Facility, where she moved in 2013.
Literally and figuratively, we exist because Carolyn existed. Generations beget generations and the branches of life stretch for eternity. She gave us joy. She has given us strength. She gave us life… but so much more, so much more.
Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, Henry, who passed away in 1995. She leaves behind a loving family with three children: Linda Dzwonek, Robert Ivone (wife Carol) and Michael Ivone (wife Hedi), six grandchildren: Shaun, Robert (wife Melissa), and Phillip Ivone, Christopher Sorbicki (wife Patrice), Michael Dzwonek (wife Samantha) and Jennifer Howard (husband Ralph), and four great-grandchildren: Travis Ivone, Josephine and Henry Dzwonek, and Joey Howard, as well as sister-in-law Judy Adams.
Our family is grateful for the loving care she received from both the nursing staff at Holland Village and the nursing staff at Compassus, especially Irina who stood by her side for many years.
Services and funeral will be held privately at Dougherty Funeral Home in Levittown, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, in memory of Carolyn, donations can be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).
Posted online on January 18, 2022
Published in Bucks County Courier Times