Lapham, Carole J.

Carole J. Lapham, MeMaw, age 74, passed away peacefully on January 21st, 2017 surrounded by her family.  Carole was born on October 21, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She married her husband Darrell L. Lapham in 1961 who was studying to be a structural engineer in Akron, Ohio.  They had three children, Renee, Mark and Kurt.

Carole met Darrell when her family relocated from Pittsburgh to Akron.  She attended Darrell’s 17th birthday party with a friend. For Darrell it was love at first site, when the time came to cut the cake he insisted his mother give Carole the piece with his name on it, after his mother inquired “why”? He proclaimed “I am going to marry her one day”.  Carole often stated, quite seriously, that she was not interested in him as he was not her type, but through Darrell’s perseverance she finally gave in to his charm.  They became secretly engaged just before Darrell shipped off to the Mediterranean on the U.S.S. Randolph as he served his time in the U.S. Navy.  Upon his return they were wed on June 3rd, 1961.

Carole was a stay at home mom and later a secretary at several locations.  Carole and Darrell relocated to New Port Richey, Florida in 1997.  Carole was an avid tennis player and continued to play in a league until the end.  She was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and football in general.  She enjoyed trips to St. Augustine on the back of Darrell’s Harley Davidson or local bike trips to Johns Pass.  She loved being with family and friends and made everyone feel welcomed, she also loved sailing, visiting various wineries and Merlot wines, she was always ready for guests and wanted everyone to have a good time.  She loved live music and dancing and was a groupie of several local acts.  Carole always greeted strangers with a smile, she had a smile that would light up a room.  She will always be in our hearts and memories.

Carole is preceded in death by her father, Walter Lang, mother, Edna F. (Ulmer) Lang. Carol is survived by her husband Darrell L. Lapham, daughter, Renee L. (Lapham) Harbert, son, Mark L. Lapham, Wendy L. (Mills) Lapham, son, Kurt L. Lapham, 4 grandchildren, Mathew R. Harbert, Mathew R. Mills, Christine L. Lapham and Mark L. Lapham and 5 great grandchildren: Kaitlynn, Wesley, Kaleb, Mathew and Leah.

Visitation will be held at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m.


  1. Annie and Vinny Haydu says

    May God wrap his arms around all of her wonderful family. Carole always had a smile on her face and loved all. We will miss her with all of our heart. God has gained a true angel. Prayers to all that loved her, as we sure did. God bless her family and know she is comfortable now but missing you all.

  2. Ernest Craig Fletes says

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I will always remember what a beautiful smile Carole had and how welcome
    she made us feel in the Waco days. May the Lord comfort all of you at this time of sorrow.

    Warm regards,
    Ernest Craig Fletes

  3. My sincere condolences to the family, Mrs.Lapham as well as the Lapham family was a huge part of the childhood of mine as well as many others in the neighborhood.

    Adam Gable

  4. Cheryl Hinebaugh says

    I’ll never forget going to a baseball game with Renee and Carol. The opponents were particularly nasty and we’re doing their best to start trouble. Carol came to me and the others sitting on the bleachers and encouraged us to cheer for the other team by applauding them and just showing them kindness, we did, and I was amazed- because it worked !! They totally changed their attitudes and became friendly with all of us, it was a fun day and I will never forget.
    My Heart breaks for the whole family, Carole was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

  5. Ray Tetwiler says

    Sorry to hear Carole passed away. My prayers are with the family.
    Ray (Sarge) Tetwiler

  6. chris manes says

    Mark so sorry for your loss. My her memories live on with nothing but the best for you and your family.

  7. Chris Cherilla says

    So sorry for your loss. From my family to yours our condolences.

  8. Miguel A Marquez says

    Very saddened by your loss. She was a wonderful lady with a love of life that was contagious. Her attitude and wanting to always experience all the moments had to offer. She will be missed. I was fortunate enough to meet her. We had some fun and you could always count on that with her. May she rest in peace. God bless.

  9. Carrie Adkins says

    So sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family and friends, your mom was a good woman what fun it was to be around her she will be missed by many, lots of love to you all!

  10. Donna Gasper says

    Dear Renee and family, our hearts reach out to you . Our condolences to you. Sending prayers. With all our love Mike and Donna Gasper oxox

  11. Renee Lapham Harbert says

    Love and miss you so much Mom..XooX

    Renee Lynn Lapham Harbert

  12. Randy Jobes says

    I met Carole a few times through her son and my friend Kurt who I worked with for several years and some how always got involved in his various projects. What time I did get to spend with her was always enjoyable and she made you feel comfortable no matter who you were. Always smiling, always interested in what was going on in your life. I wish I could have spent more time with her and maybe taken one more bike ride with her and Darrell.
    My sincere condolences to all the Lapham family.

  13. Sandra Kinkead says

    To the Lapham Family:
    We have enjoyed playing tennis with Carole here at Seven Springs in New Port Richey for several years. She was always such a good sport, and always in a good mood. Her cheerfulness and fun for the sport will be sadly missed.
    Our Heartfelt Condolences
    Sandra Kinkead

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