Carol Josephine (Bayer Young) Schwartz

December 17, 1923 ~ July 21, 2021 (age 97)


Carol Josephine Bayer Young Schwartz, 97 years of life on this earth, was born December 17, 1923 and passed away quietly July 21, 2021. She is survived by her son, Robert, and daughter, Aleta, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Her loving family were by her side the last few months. Aleta and Rob were with her when she went home to be with Jesus - her Savior, Lord, best friend, strength, and guide throughout her life. Carol was one of four children born to Oscar and Josephine Bayer of Pasadena, CA. She was the last survivor of her siblings.

She loved life and was a mighty prayer warrior for all – especially her family. She was a strong protector, provider, and encourager to her four children, Lani, Doug, Robert, and Aleta. Carol was gifted with a love of music and sang strong Alto in many a church choir.  She encouraged her children to appreciate music. She greatly enjoyed pouring her amazing craft talents into gifts for them. She was a great seamstress and duct-taper of all things! With a knack for figuring out solutions and creating alternative uses for things – she was a modern-day MacGyver! 

Carol had an adventurous spirit! Near the beginning of World War II, she became a Rosy the Riveter… on and inside the airplane wings for the war effort.  In the Angeles National Forest, she was one half of the very first female fire suppression team, occupying a lookout tower. Together with her dear friend, Zoe, they managed the Warm Springs Tower for a year during World War II, watching for forest fires and recording tail numbers on all the aircraft that flew within range of their tower.

In 1944, Carol enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  She hoped to see the world, but her first duty station was San Diego, CA where she worked in the administrative offices. She later would also serve in Hawaii before her Honorable Discharge. For many years, she was a member in good standing with the American Legion. 

For 23 years, she had a successful career with Kirkhill Rubber Company.  After she retired, she relocated to Big Bear for twenty years. Given her huge passion to help people, she became a volunteer “Pink Lady” for the Bear Valley Community Hospital, working in many areas throughout the hospital to aid the sick, injured and their family members.  Carol spent many hours transporting local neighbors who needed to go “down the hill” to and from medical appointments. She felt that one-on-one time was her mission field. Even in her last years of life, those who interacted with her daily said how much they loved and appreciated her strength, kindness, servanthood and her “you can do it” spirit! She was a consistent force of love, care, ingenuity, enduring faith, and goodwill for all who crossed her path. Carol will be greatly missed on this Earth! She was always there to love on us, teach us and help us!

Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service with military honors on Friday August 13, 2021 at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside CA at 1:30 p.m. At the Receiving Chapel, there will be a Marine Corps Honor Guard, a brief service and celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to some of her favorite charitable organizations: World Vision, Our Daily Bread, and the American Legion. Inquiries can be made to CONNEELY FAMILY Cremation & Funeral Services by calling 707.838.8883 or by visiting

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Graveside Service
August 13, 2021

1:30 PM
Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside CA

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