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Carol J. Sweetman

March 4, 1942 - July 30, 2021

Carol J. Sweetman, age 79, of Townsend, DE, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on March 4, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Hassel and Alice (Taylor) VanDyke. Carol worked as a waitress and cook for 30 years at the former Eating Post Restaurant in Bear. Later she worked as a lunch lady at Smyrna High School for 10 years.

Carol loved cooking for her family. Family was the most important thing to Carol and she cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Sweetman III and son, Timothy Scott Sweetman. She is survived by her sons, John D. Sweetman IV (Polly) and Jay Sweetman (Debbie), both of Townsend; 5 sisters, Joyce Taylor (Bob) of New Castle, Laureen Stigile of Clayton, Betty Sweetman (John) of Townsend, Barbara Malatesta of Bethel, and Hope Moore (Bill) of Leipsic; grandchildren, Jaqlyn, Corey, Lily, Grace, and Katie; great-granddaughter, Josie; and canine companion, Boo. 

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Pkwy, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol’s memory to the Townsend Volunteer Fire Co., 107 Main St., Townsend, DE, 19734, or online by clicking here.


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17 Condolences for Carol J. Sweetman

  • My thoughts and prayers are with y’all. So sorry for y’all’s loss. Love you

  • Thinking about you

  • Carol was a funny, outspoken, generous friend. Her homemade grape jelly was the best I’ve ever tasted!

  • Barb I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. I will not be able to attend the service due to work. You’ll be in my thoughts. Hugs to you.

  • My heart, love and prayers goes out to all of you.

  • I’m am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I worked with her for many yeas at the Smyrna School District in the cafeteria.
    She was a great lady and a good friend. God bless you all!


  • God Bless you Carol.
    My prayers are with you and your family. You and Barbara were my favorite co-workers at the old Eating Post.
    Tony Ruane dishwasher and cook

  • I met Carol when she was 15 years old, and I was 14. We became best friends. Decades later, we realized we were actually cousins. We ran around and got into trouble in school, double dated, shared secrets and memories. We laughed and talked often over the years. After we married our husbands, I showed her how to can vegetables. We shared our families and a lot of love. She was feisty, spunky, caring, fun and one of a kind. We loved each other for 44 years. She will be very deeply missed. Sincere sympathy to all who loved Carol.
    Connie Shupe Zebley and family

  • Love you better & forever!

  • The keepsake video was beautiful. Remember all the good times you had with Carol. You had plenty of them. Love to all of you.

  • Please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family, Jay and let the memories of your mother provide the comfort in your journey through her loss.

  • John and I would like to extend our condolences to all the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and hearts. Sending hugs your way!

    John and Lucy

  • I am sorry to here of the passing of Carol. I met her one time when my cousin Barbara introduce me to her sisters at my cousin Franny’s funeral luncheon. I will pray for comfort and peace for her family at this time.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help the family through this difficult time.

  • Carol (#2 of 6). I have lost a part of myself. I can’t explain the loss I feel. Missing you has taken away part of joy that I have from my family now you are not here. However I have the memories we shared from our midnight runs to Atlantic City to some secrets we shared from our younger years. Those secrets are safe between you and me. I loved you very much. 1/6 of me is missing. Know how much I loved you Carol. So much. I will be with you one day. Say hi to “the crazy man” and Timmy and give my love to them and Mom and Pop. Love, sister Bar (#5 of 6).

  • Thinking about you, got you some
    Hydrangeas and daisies the other day <3