Carol (Hughes) Pochvatilla - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Carol (Hughes) Pochvatilla

September 10, 1949 - December 14, 2021

Carol (Hughes) Pochvatilla, age, 72, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Christiana Hospital.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on September 10, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Lehman and Margaret Virginia (Thornton) Hughes. Carol graduated from William Penn High School in 1967. While in school, she was the head majorette in the William Penn Marching Band, played the clarinet in the William Penn Symphonic Band, and studied Dance.

Carol made her career with the State of Delaware working as a Records Analyst for the University of Delaware Music Department and later working as a secretary for the Colonial School District. Also, she worked for Dr. Charles Wagner MD as his office manager. Strong in her faith, Carol was an active member of the New Castle United Methodist Church. At church, she sang faithfully in the choir, served on the altar guild, was a communion assistant and the Lay Leader.

Carol was a Past Honored Queen, Past Bethel Guardian, and Past Grand Guardian of the State of Delaware, Job’s Daughters International. She traveled all over the United States and even to Australia supporting this organization and helping to shape the lives of many young women.

In 1977, she married Ronald C. Pochvatilla. To this union, they had two children: Bill and Alison. While raising their family, Carol was very involved in her children’s activities. She was a Girl Scout Leader, Band Mom, Den Mother for Boy Scouts, did costumes, hair and makeup for school plays and led the football concession stands on Saturday mornings. If her children were somewhere, she was always there too. She was their biggest cheerleader. Carol had a talent for crafting and in her gifting has blessed many people with ceramics and other trinkets.

Carol loved to have fun and loved to laugh! She was never embarrassed to act silly in public to get someone to smile. She loved being by the water either at Stony Lake, Michigan, Fenwick Island, De., and the Outer Banks, North Carolina celebrating life with her family.

With her husband Ron, together they enjoyed traveling and watching football and NASCAR. She was a true Philadelphia Eagles fan!

In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Ronald Charles Pochvatilla. She is survived by her children, Bill Pochvatilla (Lisa) of Wilmington and Alison Clark (Aaron) of Watonga, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Joan Pochvatilla; sisters Alice Karr and Virginia Kerwin; grandchildren, Dylan and Jake Pochvatilla, Maggie, Macie and Nathan Clark; and a host of other relatives, nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of vaccination status. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carol’s memory to New Castle United Methodist Church, at the address listed above.


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13 Condolences for Carol (Hughes) Pochvatilla

  • Dear Alice, It seems like yesterday that we were all growing up together with Carol as the big sister we looked up to. So sorry for her loss. What a wonderful life she lived and so fortunate that you and Virginia and your families are there to be supportive to her children and grandchildren. My deepest condolences, Christine

  • I remember Carol well when she was a secretary at William Penn. My condolences to her son and daughter. 🙏❤

  • We were so saddened to learn of Carol’s passing. We all have been friends since the early 60’s and have great memories of our times together. We are so very sorry for the family’s losses over this year, and will keep you all in our prayers. We will be with you in spirit at her memorial service.

  • Bill, Allison, Alice & Don and others. Our utmost condolences on the loss of Carol. God has certainly prepared a room for his dedicated and trusted servant.

  • So sorry for your lose

  • To the Pochvatilla family. I met Carol once but grew up with your father in the same neighborhood. You have sad a sad year losing both of your parents within a few months of each other. Prayers go out to all of you.

  • My prayers go out to the family of this outstanding lady…she helped so many in her way; time, talents, and making one laugh…Love to all…she is leaving so many great memories.

  • I have fond memories of numerous conversations with Carol when she was one of the secretaries in the UD Department of Music. I remember she talked about her Methodist church in New Castle several times.

  • Alice & Ginny Lee, I was so surprised to see Carol’s obituary in today’s paper. We haven’t been in touch lately and I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • Carol was one of the very first people I met when I was hired at UD. Very sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Remembering Carol’s smile and laughter as I worked with her in the Music Department at UD. Sending love and prayers to her family. ❤️

  • Bill and Allison so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort knowing your parents are together again and are at peace. Peace be with you all.

  • My Sincerest Thoughts and Prayers are with your whole Family during this difficult time! As Cousins growing up, Ginny, Carol, and I had so much fun with so many wonderful memories! I am so sorry for your loss!
    Love to All, Eleanor ♥️