Carroll VanYserloo

Carroll VanYserloo, 86, formerly of 60 Church St., Saranac Lake, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake where she had been a resident since 2012.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Feb. 1, 1928, she was the daughter of Luke and Hildegarde (Hedburg) Cronin.

Carroll moved to Saranac Lake from New York City with her mother at the age of 13, when her mother originally came to Saranac Lake to cure for tuberculosis. She attended local schools and, following graduation from high school, she became a nurse’s aide working at the Ray Brook State Hospital. Carroll later became an licensed practical nurse and worked at the Saranac Lake General Hospital and continued on there when it became Adirondack Medical Center for more than 30 years until her retirement in 1991.

She was very active in the community serving as both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop leader, co-founded the Fresh Air program in Saranac Lake with Sheila Morgan, sang in various church choirs and volunteered at Adirondack Medical Center following her retirement. She loved to read, listen to music and putter around in her garden. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Vincent R. and his wife Karin of Saranac Lake; two daughters: Kathleen M. VanYserloo, and Beryl C. Mader and her husband David, all of Saranac Lake; seven grandchildren: Erik, Sarah, Carolyn, Anna, Jesse, Harmony and Jack; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother and one son, Daniel Allen VanYserloo.

Calling hours will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A funeral service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Patrick O’Reilly officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake.

Friends wishing to remember Carroll VanYserloo may make memorial contributions to Mercy Living Center in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at