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06/22/14 07:43 PM #1    

Myra Mushkatel (Rosen)

I will forever think of Carol with her big smile and ponytail at Wiley and Heights. Very special, very sweet, a cheerleader and good friend through those years. Having been away for nearly 48 years, I was so lucky to see her again last year and to hear her call me 'Mush' as if no time had passed. She was still beautiful inside and without.  You will be missed by all. God bless Carol.  MUSH

06/23/14 12:13 AM #2    

Larry Lapine

I am so terribly saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Carol.  Carol & I grew up together since elementary school at Northwood elementary.   We went on to become ballroom dancing partners and did dancing shows for Tony & Yolanda Riccardo during our younger years.   She was always one of my favorite people in the world, even as we grew up.   Carol will always have a spot in my heart, rest in peace Carol,  I will miss you.


06/23/14 10:28 AM #3    

Ellen Lowy (Fishman)

I remember all the "crazy" times at carol's house on Saybrook.  What fun we had, her wide smile and good heart and that ponytail!!!  Though years pulled us apart, they always brought us back together, as if no time had really passed.  Over these 15months plus, Carol has been one of those holding me up through our tragedy.  It was just Friday when we spoke and she was so looking forward to her visit with Jennifer, then Lori a not much later in July Benjy and their families.  And now, like a flower, she has left us.  Rest in peace my friend.  Rachel awaits you.

06/23/14 11:04 AM #4    

David Brown

Carol was in my homeroom class. I remember her well. She was full of life and quite pretty and I had a silent crush on her. So sad that she is gone.  May God bless and take her. And over the rainbow, I will tell her what I once thought of her......

06/23/14 07:13 PM #5    

Barbara Cholfin (Oppenheim)

I was so very saddened to hear of Carol's passing.  My condolences to her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Carol was my first friend when I started Kindergarten at Northwood elementary school.  We lived right around the corner from each other.  Starting kindergarten was a very big transition in my life. How fortunate I was to have that first playmate.  Carol was such a happy, outgoing, and friendly girl.  I will never forget her great smile. After I grew up and and got married, I moved away.  However, I would come home once a year to visit my family.  Carol had also married and had moved into her mom's house on Saybrook.  My parents still lived on Faversham and so occasionally I would run into into Carol now and then.  There she was... A grown woman now... But still with that great friendly spirit, and a smile that was a "mile long."   I will never forget her.  May she rest in peace.


06/24/14 08:31 AM #6    

Alice Borstein (Mullins)

Carol & I both had " braids " during our early years at Northwood  Elementary....... not hard to pick us out in class photos.... I am so sorry to hear of Carols sudden passing.   Although the years took us on different roads we reconnected on Facebook  & then in person a few short weeks ago.   Many wonderful memories from out school days  and much enjoyment & connection  from all of the family photos and posts of most recent could see the dedication of Carol's family to her & her to all of them.... so glad they spent so much time together... a beautiful life story......

06/24/14 10:47 PM #7    

Beverly Massing

I am so saddened to hear of Carol's passing.  As well as neighborhood friends, Carol and I were friendly theater rivals for years for parts with the Children's Theater housed at Wiley.  She was the perfect Alice in 'Alice in Wonderland'!  She and Allan kindly opened their home to me for our 40th reunion, and Carol drove me around the old neighborhood, ending up at Corky and Lenny's with some of the gang!  She was a big part of some important years in my life and I will miss her.

06/27/14 07:40 PM #8    

Elaine Arnoff (Silver)

Carol was a friend since 7th grade at Wiley; we short ones always stuck together!  Fortunately, she was a valuable member of our reunion committees over these many years, including this upcoming 50th.  She and I wrote a song parody for our 20-year reunion, which a group of us reprised for our last reunion.  I remember sitting with Carol at her piano and laughing our heads off as we tried to write the perfect lyrics for our wonderful class alumni to enjoy.  We had so much fun doing it that she and I discussed writing a new parody for this BIG reunion.  Within the past month, I thought about calling her to ask if we could start working on it, but I kept putting it off.  Now it's too late to draw on her many talents.  I'm sure the lyrics will be written, but the words won't come easily and we certainly won't laugh as much.  We miss you, Carol.

07/29/14 02:23 PM #9    

David Brown



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TOLCHINSKY CAROL M. TOLCHINSKY (nee Berk), beloved wife of Allan. Loving mother of Jennifer (Jeff) Leitman, Benjy (Amy) Tolchinsky and Lori (Jamie Elbaum) Tolchinsky. Devoted grandmother of Jack and Sophie Leitman, Dylan and Sara Tolchinsky and Harper Elbaum. Dear sister of Robert (Janet) Berk and Gary Berk. Cherished daughter of Ann (nee Mart) and the late Ben Berk. Adored aunt and friend. Services will be held Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30 A.M. at the BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. TAYLOR RD., CLEVELAND HTS., OH. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. Family will receive friends at THE FOUR SEASONS RECEPTION ROOM, 26600 GEORGE ZEIGER DR., BEACHWOOD, OH., TUESDAY FOLLOWING SERVICES UNTIL 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE AT THE RESIDENCE, 580 DALEVIEW DR., AURORA, OH., 1 P.M.-5 P.M. AND 7 P.M.-9 P.M. Friends who wish may contribute to The Menorah Park.

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