Sad news: Ian’s mom, Carole Wilder, has passed away

Ian’s mother, Carole Joyce Wilder of Copiague, Long Island, New York, died Sunday night, May 31st.

Carole WilderCarole graduated from Hunter College of the City of NY in 1953, and later studied and worked as a social worker. She founded CJ Enterprises; sold advertising for the Babylon Beacon newspaper; and from 1988-1992 was Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Environmental Control for the Town of Babylon. Carole was a founder of the Babylon Youth Board and President of the Copiague Youth Council. Over the course of her life, Carole was a community leader with the Lindenhurst Hebrew Congregation and its Sisterhood; Congregation Beth-El in Massapequa; the Tri-State League of Women Voters; The Town of Babylon Environmental Commission; The NY State Association of Conservation Commissions; the Copiague PTA; and Deauville Garden Elementary School PTA Board.

Our cousin, Susan Kullman, is co-author of a book, “Blessed Are These Hands”, with photos of women holding objects they find sacred. For that project, Carole reflected, “I have come to believe that the true treasures of life are the gift of life, the love of family, my Jewish heritage, listening to music, the joy of the written word and the beauty of nature”.

Carole was daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie Berlin. Carole was the last survivor of all of her siblings. Carole was the wife of the late Julian Wilder,who was an education professor at Adelphi University. Carole is survived by many family and friends, including son Jonathan Wilder and daughter-in-law Rina Wilder and their sons (Carole’s grandsons) Joshua, Ethan and Jeremy; and son Ian Wilder and daughter-in-law Kimberly Wilder.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Carole Wilder Scholarship at the Copiague Youth Council Inc., 650 Great Neck Rd, Copiague, NY 11726 (631) 841-1775 or The Julian Wilder Scholarship at Adelphi University School of Education, 1 South Avenue, P.O. Box 701, Garden City, NY 11530-0701 (1.800.233.5744).

Carole Wilder with son Ian

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