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Carol Ann Early Poirier

October 12, 1939 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old


It is with great sadness the family of Carol Ann Early Poirier announces she departed this earth to be with her Heavenly Father on the evening of December 30, 2023 after a long illness. Although proudly a West Virginia native, Carol adopted Cleveland, Ohio as her hometown where she built a wonderful, robust life until her health necessitated a move to be near family in Fredericksburg, Virginia in these last months.

Carol (or Caroline as she liked to be called) was born on October 12, 1939 in Vivian, West Virginia at Peerless #2. She was the first child of James Luck Early and Hazel Shirley Owens Early of Princeton, West Virginia. Caroline was a graduate of Welch High School in McDowell County, West Virginia where she was active in several clubs and was an avid sports fan.

In 1957, Caroline relocated to Cleveland, Ohio for opportunity personally and professionally.  Always a beautiful dreamer, she had a passion for the fine and performing arts.  Caroline loved the written word and adored the theater. Throughout the years, she was a fervent patron of the arts and acted in local theater. She belonged to a creative writing club and loved sharing stories about her upbringing in West Virginia, her travels and her travails. After many years of service, Caroline retired as a manager from the Cleveland Athletic Club in 1995. She served as a deacon at the historic Old Stone Church and enjoyed hosting Bible Study classes in her home. 

Caroline had a strong love of family. Despite the distance and the tediousness of life at times, she remained in close contact with her family enjoying holidays and vacations both in Virginia and West Virginia. The family pets anticipated her visits. Caroline loved animals and recognized each one for their unique personalities. She was one to slip treats under the table and give the dogs and cats extra attention. Upon her arrival for a visit, she hugged each family member, then looked for the pets.

Caroline was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Joseph Rapisarda. Joe and Caroline traveled the world extensively and were members of the Hollywood Variety Club. From the Cleveland Browns to the Cleveland Indians and beyond, they enjoyed supporting professional athletics. In the years following Dr. Rapisarda’s death, Caroline married Edmund Poirier who was a proud veteran who worked for the Veterans Administration.

Caroline leaves behind one brother, James W. Early of Fredericksburg, Virginia and sister-in-law Alice L. Early; niece Rhonda Early Carper of Culpeper, Virginia and nephew James Travis Early of Arlington, Virginia and three great-nephews, James Jasper Early, John Ellis Early and William Emmett Early of Arlington, Virginia.  Additionally, she leaves behind family friend, Norma Jean West Early and a wonderful group of dear friends in Cleveland.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. It was Caroline’s wish to be cremated. Her ashes will be interred at the historic cemetery at Crooked Run Baptist Church in Culpeper County, Virginia where the Early family will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to honor Caroline’s love of animals. Donations may be made to local animal rescue organizations or SPCA’s in her honor. 


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