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Kathleen S. Carawan

December 29, 1932 - July 24, 2016

Kathleen S. Carawan (Dolly), 83, beloved wife of 63 years to the late Rona B Carawan, Jr. was received in the arms of our Heavenly Father, Sunday, July 24, 2016. She was born in the Isle of Wight to the late Carroll Wesley Sawyer and the late Kathleen Hatfield Perry.

Dolly was an active member of Portlock United Methodist Church. The two most important things to her was the Lord and her family. She brought joy, love, and laughter to everyone she touched, she was always ready to help others, she never forgot a birthday, and she loved to tell her jokes. Her interests were varied; she owned a hair salon, worked as a secretary, a realtor, quilter, and she loved making ceramic dolls.

In addition to her parents and loving husband, she was predeceased by 2 grandchildren, Kristin and Keith, Jr.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Rona B. Carawan (Susan) of Franklin, VA; Marvin L. Carawan (Linda) of Chesapeake; Keith W. Carawan of Chesapeake; Teresa C. Joyner (Howard) of Chesapeake; her grandchildren Teri (Peyt), Shannon, Brandon (Danielle), Marvin Jr. “Bubba” (Laurie), Aislyn (Shane), Clint (Amber), Matthew, Shannon, Patrick (Amber), and Emily; her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, Julia, Jenna, Jayden, Jillian, Madie, Brodie, Jackson, Taylor, Parker, Colby, Carter, Camryn, Cara, Catie, Colton, Corrie, Caroline, Cade, Katie, Addison, and Fiona; brother George W. Hosking (Jorene) of Chesapeake; and sister Charlotte Lassiter (Pete) of Chesapeake; and extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Chesapeake Chapel (929 Battlefield Blvd S.). A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016 at Portlock United Methodist Church (2615 Bainbridge Rd. Chesapeake). The burial will be at Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Portlock United Methodist Church Building Fund. To make a contribution to the fund, please click HERE.

The Altmeyer Funeral Home-Chesapeake is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by clicking on the “post a condolence” button below.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel

929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Service Information

Date: Monday, August 1, 2016

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Portlock United Methodist Church

2615 Bainbridge Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23324

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