Carol Monaghan



Memorial Contributions

Deep Brain Stimulation Research

at Rush University Medical Center

 Rush Office of Philanthropy

28057 Network Place

Chicago, IL 60673-1280

or visit

Carol Monaghan, age 76 of Rockford, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Born in 1944 to the late Connie and John Mannarelli in Huntington, WV.  She was preceded in death by her husband Tom of 51 years. Carol is survived by her children, Tom Monaghan, Trish (Joe) Castiglione, Kristi (Mike) Byrd; grandchildren, Michael and Madelyn; sister-in-law, Peggy (Marv) Shapiro; niece, Lisa (Paul) Lambert; nephew, Jeff (Katie) Shapiro.  She also loved her dog, Irish, like a child. Carol graduated from Seton Hill College in Latrobe, PA.  Carol, Tom and family moved to Michigan in 1977 where Carol worked in the Kent County Public Library system.  Boating and spending time with friends and family were some of her happiest times while living on Big Brower Lake in Rockford. Two of her favorite places were the lake house and the casino.  Carol especially enjoyed visits to Chicago cheering on her grandchildren’s games and activities. Living with Parkinson’s disease since 1988, she was one of the first in the country to successfully undergo DBS surgery and was under the care of one of her favorite people and noted neuroscientist, Dr. Leonard Verhagen.  She and Tom also loved to travel with family and friends, visiting many countries around the globe, often enjoying cruises with dear friends.

A COVID-safe Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 5, 2021, 11:00 am at St. Robert of Newminster Church located at 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301 with visitation from 10-11:00 am at the church. Rev. Leonard Sudlik will preside. Masks and social distancing will be required. Mass may be viewed at

Interment Courtland Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support Deep Brain Stimulation Research at Rush University Medical Center. Please send memorial gifts to the Rush Office of Philanthropy, 28057 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1280 or visit

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11 Responses

  1. My regards and sympathies to you all. I am sorry for your loss. Your mom was a true gem! I pray that you have an abundance of courage, peace, and the comfort of family and friends.

  2. Dave & I have such great memories of The Monaghan Family. Carol & Tom were special people &
    we were so fortunate to call them Friends.
    RIP now Carol you were loved & will be missed by many .❤️❤️

  3. So very sorry, Kristi and family. Your Mom was a very special lady. You all will be in our prayers. ❤️

  4. Some of our most fond childhood memories are with you all, our extended family. So loved your spunky mom. Lots of love and prayers. We miss you. Big hugs from afar! ❤️

  5. To the Carol Monaghan Family,
    Duke, Trish, Joe, Kristi, Mike, Michael and Madelyn,
    Ron and I and the entire Lawson Family send our sincerest condolences to you all. We have some of the most special fond and loving memories of your family and Dear Mother – Grandmother . We have so enjoyed getting to know your family over the years, here on Brower Lake. We will cherish our memories with them and you all. Hugs to you!
    Kathy and Ron Lawson

  6. This lady…. no words can express our love, gratitude for her friendship, and appreciation of the time we spent together. Carol Monaghan… rockstar, superwoman, role model extraordinaire. We will love you always. ❤️

    All our love, the Dixon Family

  7. Trish and family, I know you must be devastated. I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers and love being sent your way.

  8. Carol M. was a true light in this crazy world. Her humor, passion and love will be missed. Love and hugs to all. Cheers to her and hoping fond memories will be how we all think of her

  9. Tom, Trish, and Kristi, I am so sorry for your loss. You, your families, and your Mother are in my prayers!

  10. Sending love to the entire family.
    Carol was just a sweetheart! May your memories bring you comfort ❤️

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