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Carol Anne Lisi

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November 21, 1939 ~ December 8, 2021

Carol Lisi of Alexandria, Virginia, died peacefully in her home on December 8th, 2021. Born in Roanoke, Virginia to Aubrey and Corinne, and sister to the late Margaret Kurtin, Carol is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dale, her children, Margaret(Subroto), Dale(Stephanie), Catherine(Maurizio), four loving grandchildren, and many caring nieces and nephews.

Carol has dedicated her life to teaching and educating.  She moved to Alexandria in the 1960s and began her career as an English teacher at Thomas Edison High School in Franconia, VA.  After taking time off to raise her family, she returned to work as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) and later rose to the position of Director of ESL for Alexandria City Public Schools.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, Master of Arts from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Education from The Catholic University of America. 

Carol was a passionate advocate for the rights of the limited English proficient student, and worked tirelessly in support of her students and their families, both in her professional capacity and in her personal life.  During her career, she helped develop curriculum to be used in the classroom as well as implemented programs to strengthen ties between the school system and the ESL community. She served on the boards of Residential Youth Services,Inc., Bienvenidos, Inc., and United Community Ministries, Inc.  After her retirement, she continued to work; as a teacher of English to homebound students and as a consultant to the Harcourt Company and the Educational Testing Service. 

 Fostering a sense of community was very important to Carol. She loved having her family around her. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, and devoted much of her time and energy in service to these organizations. Carol enjoyed gardening, painting, cooking, and traveling, especially driving through the Appalachian mountains in autumn. 

Carol was grateful for the friends in her life and found inspiration and encouragement from their generosity and support. She will be remembered with love by her family and friends.


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  1. Carol will be remembered as, a kind and caring woman. Who gave me so much, advice throughout the years .. Her smile was, infectious and words were wise … I will miss you and know that your legacy lives on .
    ️ Valerie

  2. Not many people where as giving as my aunt Carol.. she made it a priority to bring our whole family together.. she will be deeply missed..

  3. Carole took the time to be my birth coach for 3 of my children at home. She went to the Lamaze classes and was amazing! A better sister in law we could not have. Rest Easy Carole.

  4. My Mom was the greatest living person I ever met and was my hero. If I could have asked God for one thing on my journey through this world, it would have been for this lady to be my Mom. She was incredibly successful in everything she did , from being voted Most likely to Succeed in her graduating class at Franklin County High School 1958 , to excelling at William and Mary University to Receiving a Phd from Catholic University but she was always a mom before her career. She was a mom to our family as well as to others. It would take me 53 years to mention all her accolades but the greatest one of all was being the best mom ever. I will miss her every day but I am overjoyed that she is most certainly resting in peace until Jesus returns to take what belongs to Him. Love Dale

  5. I always enjoyed visiting with Carol, dear kind and creative neighbor of many years! I was always touched at the gracious interest she took in our family, and enjoyed our conversations.

  6. We have lived across the street from Dale and Carol for 18 years. Carol watched all three of my children grow up and when we met on the street or talked across the road in our driveways she never failed to ask about how my boys were. She was so kind and thoughtful and caring, with a smile on her face and time for anyone. We have many Carol flower donations in our garden, as she would pass them over when she thinned out her patch (luckily they are hardy because I am definitely not the gardener she was:). She never spoke of herself- I wish I had asked. She was adored by all on the street who knew her, and we will miss her greatly. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.

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