Carole A. (Shone) Stein-Allison (aka Mrs. Red Cross) 84, of Salem, died Monday, September 11, 2023, with her children and Smokey at Brookdale Senior Living, Salem.
She was born on April 2, 1939, in Kent, Ohio, daughter of the late Paul E. and Bertha (Mullen) Shone.
A 1957 graduate from Salem High School, she went to work as a long distance telephone operator for Ohio Bell Telephone Company. She also worked at Superior Wall Paper and Paint for 15 years.
Her 42 year career with helping others began with the local Northern Columbiana County Chapter of the American Red Cross, in 1962, as a volunteer. She taught thousands of people First Aid and CPR. Carole was the co-founder of the First Aid Mobile Unit, was Mobile Unit chief for five years and technical advisor for 14 years. Some of the other positions she held were, chairman of the Northeast Ohio Division Council, Volunteer Consultant, North Columbiana County Board member, served as faculty at Camp Muskingum Training Institute (1979-1982). She was Chapter Liaison to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency during drills for the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant. In 1977 she completed Emergency Medical Technician training and served with the Ohio Association of Emergency Medical Services for five years. Carole averaged 3,000 volunteer hours per year for 25 years before she became Executive Director of the local chapter in Salem, in 1987. In her paid position she administered SAFCO and worked with A.I.D. as a caseworker. Two years later she accepted a position from National Headquarters to become the Field Service Associate for the state of Ohio. The office was located in Columbus. She lived there from 1988-2003, when she retired.
While working from Columbus she worked with every chapter in the state, mentoring, providing board orientations and filling in as Executive Director. Carole was also the Administrator of the Ohio Training Institute for 15 years. She served as secretary for the ARCON (nursing) committee and the State Service Council. Carole was a member of the State Training Committee and held numerous national instructor trainer certifications in many areas of disaster. She was a monitor for basic instructors. She wrote the Record and Reports Annex for the ARC State Disaster plan. Carole was an administrator for the Health Services Instructional System and after 40 years she retired from health and safety teaching to become more involved in disaster services. For many years she responded to National Disasters all over the United States. She worked on fires, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. She always said that her most memorable disaster was when she spent a month on the island of Kauai, HI, when hurricane Iniki hit there in 1992. Living in army tents, no electric, no running water, and eating MREs. Life was good! In 1994 she took NLP training and became certified as a Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner. Upon her retirement in 2003, she returned to Salem, coming full circle in her Red Cross career to once again become a volunteer.
Honors and Awards: “People You Should Know” – Salem News, National Volunteer First Aid Medal 1972, Chapter Chairman Award – North Columbiana County ARC 1985, Caring and Sharing Award – Columbus Area Chapter 1994, National American Red Cross Managers Tiffany Award – Employee Excellence 1997.
Carole always enjoyed the outdoors and horseback riding was her late husband Jerry’s favorite pastime. She became a member of the TRI-CO Horse Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Park Association. Not being a rider but a good campfire builder, she was able to have time for her passion of poetry writing. In 1997 Carole published a book of her personal favorites called “Reflections” through Watermark Press. Her first poem published “All Because of You” was printed in 1986 in Our Worlds Most Cherished Poems, publisher: World of Poetry Press. Her second poem “A Kaleidoscope of Clouds” published in Treasured Poems of America, fall of 1996, by Sparrow Grass Poetry Forum Incorporated. Her third poem “What Kind of Tree Are You?” published in Silence of Yesterday, spring of 1997, by National Library of Poetry.
She is survived by her children; Caron (Robert) Ridzon of New Waterford, John (Kim) Stein III of Frankfort, KY, Tara Stein of Lisbon, step-daughter Jennifer (Dan) Peterson of Seville, her sister-in-law Carole Shone of Dallas, TX, her beloved cat Smokey, her grandchildren; Crystal (Ben Metts) Votaw, Jessica (Adam) McGonigle, Kendra Jackson, John (Tracy Seddon) Stein IV, grandson-in-law Luke Jackson, her great-grandchildren; Laynie Jo Close, Kylie Elizabeth Stein, Gage Reese McGonigle, Emory Jane Close, Linkoln David Jackson, Jackson Metts, Brianne (Alex) Waggoner, and Brandon Metts.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter Kendra Lee Stein, her first husband John Stein JR, her second husband Jerry Allison, and her brother Robert Paul Shone.
Services will be Friday, September 15, 2023, 1 PM at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, with Pastor Aimee Raymond of Holy Trinity Church officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday 6-8 PM and noon to 1 PM Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Beloit.
Carole’s parting message: I always felt blessed and thanked God daily for my wonderful life. My job with the American Red Cross took me many different places, where I made friends with hundreds of caring people from all walks of life. Other friends in my life, some of whom I have known since first grade were true loving friends and we were always there for each other. I felt especially blessed to be the mother of the greatest children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren ever. You know how much you were loved and you know that “I love you best”.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Red Cross or the Salem Alumni Association.
Please go to www.apgreenisenfh.com to read her complete life story and to leave condolences.