In Loving Memory
Caroline McLelland


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A Funeral Service to celebrate
the life of Caroline will be held at
David W Bull Pakenham Funeral Home
190 Princes Highway, Pakenham on
Wednesday 13th October 2021
commencing at 1:30 p.m.
A private cremation will follow.

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  1. My deepest condolences to Caroline’s family. That cheeky smile with those gorgeous dimples will now forever light up the skies. Forever in our hearts beautiful friend.

    Nena Braham
  2. Condolences to John , Kirsten and Reece. Caroline was a great lady and a great work mate. I am still in shock at the news and trying to make sense of it all. My heart goes out to you all. May she Rest In Peace .

    Debbie Bennetts
  3. John , Kirsten & Reece.
    No words whatsoever will make you feel any better at this sad time.You all know you were loved beyond measure.
    Think of all the wonderful times you shared making tbe best of memories , that is what will get you through the coming weeks and months .
    You will get there cos Caz wouldnt want it any other way.
    You were her complete world.
    We first met 23 years ago by chance on holiday in Tunisia , but I always say things happen for a reason .
    That reason was 23 years of friendship
    Great times , happy times and sad ,when you emigrated to Australia knowing you were on the other side of the world and wouldnt be so easy to catch up .
    We always kept in touch and finally last year we got to come to Oz . It was like we had never been apart. You made us feel like family and gave us the run of your home and never asked for anything in return .
    We are all gonna miss you so so much but know now you are at peace which gives us comfort too .
    We will meet again one day my beautiful friend . Until then sleep tight . Love you always and forever ❤❤

    Ron & Elaine
  4. To dearest John, Kirsten and Reece,
    You are all in my heart and in my thoughts at this sad time . Take your next chapter of life one step at a time and continue to love and support each other. I will always treasure the turtle that Caroline painted for me and it takes pride of place in my home. If I can do anything or just be beside you and hold your hand I’m always here for you all

    Sue Forrest
  5. Caz, you legend! Being from the same neck of the woods, we struck up a great wee alliance and had some great belly laughs in our fleeting moments together! You will be missed soo much! To your lovely family, my heartfelt condolences to you all.

    Dawn Starrett
  6. Dearest John, Kirsten & Reece

    There are never enough words to express our sorrow and the pain that we are sharing with you.
    Kirsten and Reece your mum served such a high purpose in life, including helping you both to grow, learn, expand and absorb your capacity to love.
    Caroline was astonishingly beautiful, she was an extraordinary Sister and Aunt.
    The bond we all share together is irreplaceable and we will always hold so so fondly and dearly the memories that we will treasure forever.

    Shine bright Caroline when we look up to the sky


    Craig,Jodie,Cameron,Lewis & Aidan
  7. John-Kirsten-Reece
    Words cannot express how shocked and sadden we feel.
    Caz you touched so many peoples lives, memories we laugh and cry about, Always there for support, and nothing was too much trouble for you.
    Together you have raised two beautiful, polite and well mannered children. They will live on in memory of you, only your wings will now be of an angel. We will all remember you in our special way.

  8. Our deepest condolences to John Kirsten and Reece,❤️❤️ Yous are all in our hearts and in our thoughts at this sad time.
    Special hugs to u all
    CAROLINE … what can I say lass ??
    You were always the one that had plenty to say good or bad lol now u have caught me out and I have no words , except I will miss you forever until we meet again wee cous ❤️Love you always
    Karan , glen , Kelsey and wee glen xxxxx

    Karan walker
  9. Dearest John, Kirsten and Recce my deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you all during these difficult times and here for you if I can do anything to help.

    Irene xxx

    Irene Razos
  10. To, John, Kirsten and Reece

    Sending our love and deepest condolences on the loss of Caroline.

    Our hearts are breaking for you during such a sad time in your lives and whilst we are so far away from each other you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    You will find strength in each other in the days ahead and gradually see light breaking through the sadness you feel just now.

    God bless you all and rest in peace Caroline x

    Karoline, Michael, Connor and Abi xx

    Michael McCarthy
  11. Caroline, we were sisters by chance, but friends by choice. We had the most unique and special relationship that only we knew.
    Thank you for being in my life, for your advice and your antics.
    You spoiled the girls, making such a fuss from the other side of the world. They will love you always and forever, especially your big, tight, squeezy cuddles!

    You gave Kirsten and Reece your everything, and they will continue to be the most amazing darlings that you nurtured and cherished and guided incredibly.
    We will do everything in our power to look out for and protect them forever more, and support John. Be proud of your wonderful family unit.

    You just knew what was needed. Your beautiful face and infectious smile will forever be with us. Be at peace now my talented, creative, wonderful and amazing sister. No more pain. Watch over us forever.
    Love you, always. Kimberley XxX

    Kimberley & Scott
  12. To hear the news about Caroline from John was absolutely heart wrenching, and credit has to go to John, Kirsten and Reece on the way that they have dealt with this devastating situation.

    Caroline was our daughter in law, who was always pleased to see us when we went over, and she and the family always made us welcome. Nothing was an inconvenience for our Caz, to ensure a happy and memorable stay for us.

    And as the outgoing person that she was, Caz, John and the kids took every opportunity to show us the best that Australia can offer. She was known for her shopping exploits with Margaret and the kids. Suffice to say that at times they would go missing, sometimes for 5-6 hours, causing John and I some concern, but which we all had a laugh at later.

    Caroline was also a great DIY enthusiast and was a dab hand with a pencil and sketchpad. She hated sitting and doing nothing and was always looking for challenges in life

    Caroline, you will always be in our thoughts and live on in our heart.

    We would be there now if it had been permissible, to celebrate your life and to give thanks for the part you played with John in giving birth and raising our grand kids, who are a credit to you both

    To those that are left behind, please take comfort in knowing that

    Those we love don’t go away
    They live in our hearts, day by day
    Unseen , unheard, but always near
    Still loved and missed and always dear

    Rest in peace Caroline

    Ian and Margaret McLelland
  13. I just don’t know where to start!! You were my Australian family. My sister from a different mister… we both always said we were literally the same person. Our pasts were so similar which made it so easy for us to be best friends.. I cried my eyes out when you sent me the letter and bracelet for my wedding, even though you didn’t agree with it! You were right! And you supported me through separating with that Wanker. I know you wanted me to ‘come home’ and and me and Kev was planning to come over. I’m gutted he’ll never get to meet you. My best friend, my sister, my Australian family…He’ll look after me I promise. He’s a good one. I want to promise you that I will always look out for your babies. They’ll always have auntie Emma here for them. I’m so sorry I wasn’t enough to make things right for you. I’ll be hurt for ever for that. But i hope now you are in peace and gone home to where you’ve wanted to be … love you always and miss you forever. Lots of love from your sister from a different mister xxxxxx

    Emma Secker
  14. John, Kirsten and Reece. Please know you are all in my thoughts and sending you all my love at this terrible time I hope you all find the strength in each other to get through. My deepest condolences xx
    Nikki Duncan

    Nikki Duncan
  15. Dear John & Family

    It is with great sadness that we receive the very sad news of your loss. Having a young family myself now, I am devastated for you all and know that words cannot explain the level of sorrow you and your beautiful children must be suffering from at this difficult time. You were a great mentor to me when I started with Monash and provided me with enormous support, which I offer back to you now. Please let me know if I can assist in anyway.

    My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

    Leah Evans & family

    Leah Evans
  16. Dear John and family – our deepest condolences to you all. Please know we are thinking of you and holding you on our hearts. Ben and Catherine Turner

    Ben and Catherine
  17. Heartfelt condolences to John, Kirsten & Reece. May all of the happy memories you made with Caroline help you through this very difficult and sad time.
    Caroline – we were friends for more than 30 years – you were strong willed, full of fun and mischief and your laugh lit up any room. You were beautiful inside and out and I’ll never forget our friendship or the great memories we made. You may have moved across the other side of the world but you’ll always be with me in my heart. May you rest in peace my beautiful friend. Xx

    Gillian McCubbin
  18. I have so many wonderful memories of working with Caz. It was always a fabulous day when you saw that beautiful dimpled smiling face. My sincere condolences to John, Kirsten, Reece, her family and friends. Thanks for the memories, rest easy Caz ❤️

    Robynne Airdrie
  19. My Deepest Condolences John,Kirsten & Reece
    Thinking of you at this sad time.
    You where an amazing friend, work colleague and l will never forget you. Fly high my friend. R.I.P CAZ

    Trish Stickels
  20. Much love ❤️ to John, Kirsten & Reece.
    Caz was an amazing person & friend, I have always loved spending time & many laughs together. Always welcoming, open & mischievous fun times, & Caz was always a support for everyone else, loving a fundraiser & contributing in so many ways. I shall cherish these moments forever. Whilst it is difficult to understand & believe, may Caz be at peace forevermore…
    Love Sonya, Gordon, Amber, Zac & Roxy ❌❌❌

    Sonya Moran
  21. My deepest condolences to John, Kirsten and Reece at this sad time. I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to ask. My thoughts are with you all. xxx

    Jodie Battersby
  22. Deepest Sympathy to the family.
    Caroline loved working with you at Casey Hospital.
    Your smile would light up the room, as you came into work.
    Miss you our lovely beautiful friend

    Sheryl Diaco
  23. Heaven has gained an angel, the most fun loving, selfless and honest person I’ve met. Geography was made so much fun and the school reunion was absolutely all down to you.

    Thoughts are with the family at this time,

    Academy Geography
  24. Caroline – a beautiful soul inside and out! Fly high and shine bright.
    Condolences to John, Kirsten and Reece. May you find some comfort in all your memories with Caroline. Xx

  25. Dear John, Kirsten & Reece,
    Sending our deepest condolences to your family.
    We are so terribly sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you all in this difficult time.

    Healthscope WHS Team

    Healthscope WHS Team
  26. To dearest John, Kirsten & Rhys. My heart is absolutely breaking for you all. I wish Caroline knew how much she is loved and will be forever missed by so many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lee Miskle
  27. I worked with Caroline for only a short 9 months. In such a short time she touched so many lives. I got to know her as a kind and caring nurse who was passionate about everything she did, often pretending she wasn’t. She bought laughter and smiles to my work day often. Caz was a light that burned brightly everywhere she was. Thinking of the family on this incredibly difficult day

    Sharron Gregory
  28. Caroline you will be missed so much you were such a great person to work with can still hear your infectious laugh and smile you were such a team player to all
    My thoughts and prayers to your family
    Sleep peacefully beautiful lady God Bless

    Carol Hoiles
  29. Caroline, I shall always remember you as the bright star that you are. Your smile and laughter brought such pleasure to myself, your colleagues and your customers. You will be deeply missed and forever in my thoughts. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.

    Leanne Dalla Vecchia
  30. Dear John, Kirsten and Reece
    There are no words. I just wanted you to know that Caroline was always so kind to me, she had a wicked sense of humour. The fact that she will be missed by so many says it all xx

    Emma Roberts
  31. My Condolences to John, Kirsten & Reece. You are all my thoughts at this difficult and sad time. Caroline had the most cheeky personality, and was such a wonderful friend to work with. I loved our chats and her care and support. I will remember my times with her fondly. She will be missed. Shine bright beautiful.

    Nicole Howard
  32. Our prayers and thoughts are with Reece and his family during this sad time.
    We heard many stories about Caroline and know how much she meant to Reece.
    We are all thinking of you xx

    Miss Belbin & Care Group
  33. What a truly beautiful service
    Nothing will take your pain or grief away
    You will never “ get over” her loss
    But with love and support you will somehow all live on to live a life kaz will be smiling about and making her even more proud
    We send you all so much love
    Di , daz and Georgia xoxo

    Di Padgett
  34. Kirsten

    I’m so deeply sorry for the loss of your dear mum. I didn’t know her but I do know that she and your dad raised you. You have the kindest of hearts. You’ve been raised to treat everyone you meet with respect and a genuine desire to know each individual you spend time with. Your integrity, your kind soul comes from a very special place and that’s your mum. You will always carry her with you where ever you go. Sending all my love.

    Natalie Gleeson
  35. Dear Kirsten and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this really challenging time.
    Take care.
    Ben Murphy

    Ben Murphy
  36. The St Francis Xavier College community extends their condolences to John, Kirsten, and Reece. We are deeply sorry for your loss. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rebecca Cetrola
  37. John, Kirsten & Reece.
    No words whatsoever will make you feel any better at this sad time. It was such a beautiful service and my heart goes out to you all! I’m still shocked and devastated about the passing of Caroline who was such a bubbly beautiful soul and always the live of the party! Caroline I will miss you terribly and I’m saddened at this difficult time. So many funny memories at Casey ED especially on night duty with this cheeky monkey-Caroline. Rest In Peace you beautiful soul xx

    Rachael webb
  38. Caroline in the short time I have known you, you never failed to light up a room when you walked in. Your laughter would echo across a room, and be infectious to anyone around you. You were such a kind and passionate person, and a great and loyal friend.
    I’m going to miss you and our conversations so much. My thoughts are with your family.

    Katrina Krejci
  39. John you really did Caroline justice, The tears are flowing just as I’m sure yours are. That was a magnificent service & the floral arrangement on Caroline’s casket was so beautiful. The words in the service captured Caroline to a tee, I hope that she has found eternal peace and is now at rest. I absolutely loved working and partying with my “Wee Sis” & will miss her forever just as you, Kirsten & Rhys will. I always loved Caroline calling me “Big Sis”. I have written a poem for her & will post it later. It was inspired by the moon last night. Much love to you and the kids & hopefully we will meet again soon,

    Lee Miskle
  40. Dear John, Kirsten and Reece,

    My heartfelt condolences to you all. I was lucky enough to have some of that Caroline magic in my life and am the better for it. Wicked in humour and caring in nature she was a gem.

    Thanks for sharing her light with us, hold tight to the wonderful moments you all shared.

    Love and best wishes
    Paul Rumpff and family

    Paul Rumpff
  41. Dear John and family,

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of Caroline; she was a wonderful person, and a great friend to all who knew her. She was a wonderful nurse, willing to show newbies the ropes… although I do wonder if she missed her calling as a party planner with those Christmas shindigs!

    RIP Caroline – you will be missed by all who knew you.

    Jessica Joseph (Plymin)
  42. Dear Caroline, thank you for your support at work and always being there to lend an ear and give advice even though I sometimes struggled with that thick accent of yours! You were truly one of a kind. Rest in peace.

    Martine Burchett
  43. My deepest condolences to John, Kirsten and Reece,
    Caroline such a beautiful, caring soul. I loved working with her, she was always encouraging and supportive.
    Always so proud of her beautiful children. She will live on in your hearts and memories.
    Rest in peace.
    My thoughts are with you all.
    Alison Murray

    Alison Murray
  44. You will never know the impact you had on other people’s lives.
    You will never know how good a friend & colleague you were.
    You will never know how much you will be missed.
    Know now, you will never be forgotten & you will be missed.
    Rest easy my lovely xxx

    Ali Hudson
  45. I had the pleasure to start at Casey hospital the same day as Caz n Charlie. What a team. I hope the rose bushes we planted at Pakenham are flourishing as beautiful as this gorgeous lady.
    Radiant, charismatic, fiesty, prankster. Big heart and definitely a little bit naughty.
    Sleep tight Angel.
    Love to John Kirsten and Reece Xxx

    Vicki Barber
  46. Gosh you made me laugh Caroline! Your smile truely was so contagious. Your whole Dave would just light up. What a fiery, amazing, full hearted and beautiful soul you were.
    My thoughts are with John and the family x

    Trish O’Kelly
  47. To Carolines family and friends ,

    My thoughts and love with you at this saddest of times. Caz was a wonderful friend and colleague at Casey ED and as the nursing family moves in and out of jobs it was always wonderful to run into her and catch up. Her brougue and mischievous laugh brought a smile even in the hardest of times. She was a beautiful kind and loving soul and this world was better for her presence and a sadder place for her leaving. With deepest sympathy and love to her family whom she was so proud of especially her beloved ‘bubs’. With all our love. Kelly and family xx May her darling soul Rest In Peace.

    Kelly Somerville
  48. Aww Caroline my auld buddy,auld pal, school partner in crime and forever my friend still can’t believe u won’t be here to comment after my Friday night antic’s and wag ur finger at me when it was needed, John and kid’s done u proud what a beautiful service and nothing more could have been said,i hope you’ve found ur forever happy place u will always be loved and missed by so many so until we meet again rest easy kiddo.xx❤️❤️❤️

    Jane mcgauchie handley
  49. Condolences to Caroline’s family. Thinking of you all.
    Caroline, so many fun memories of us working together and the chats we had- you’d know what I’m talking about *Winky face. You are one amazing woman.
    Rest Easy- love Bec

    Bec Rouget
  50. To John, Kirsten & Reece,
    Sending my heartfelt condolences to you all at the devastating loss of Caroline. I have so many amusing memories of working with Caz on night duty at Casey. I hope your memories provide you great comfort in the days ahead.
    Sending love & a huge hug, take care of each other xxx

    Jane Smith
  51. So sad to hear of your passing Caroline , shine bright up there with that infectious smile you always had. Deepest condolences to your family ❤️

    Robert Harper
  52. To John, Kirsten & Reece

    Caroline was and always will be so special, and will always remain in my heart.

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us everyday,
    Unseen, Unheard, But always near,
    Still loved, Still missed, Still very dear.

    Sending you all so much love. Xxx

    Laura & Andy
  53. Thank you for the memories Caz. The beautiful cot that we had from your wee Reece more than 10 years ago, that’s when we all had the conversation that we will call Australia home. Thinking of John, your beautiful daughter Kirsten and your gorgeous son Reece at this difficult time. Missing you already x

    Jinky Linero
  54. John, Kirsten and Reece
    My deepest condolences to your beautiful family.
    I’m Still so shocked and speechless. I can’t imagine how you are feeling.
    Caz was a beautiful soul, a social butterfly and always up to mischief. I have many memories with her, making Christmas decorations on night duty and burning popcorn in the microwave and inviting the fire brigade. We had some laughs
    My thoughts are with you all

    Jane Thompson
  55. My deepest sympathies to Caroline’s family. I only knew Kaz for a short while but she had such a big and wonderful personality she was so easy to like and respect. Kaz you will be missed xx

    Sue van Sprang
  56. Dear John, Kirsten and Reece,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family during this very sad time. Caroline was such a kind hearted and generous person who made everybody smile and had a wonderful sense of humour. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please know we are all here for you and can offer any support you may need. May Caroline rest in peace.

    Steven Medorini
  57. Dear John and family

    I am saddened to hear of the news of Caroline.

    My love, thoughts and sincere condolences are with you and your family at this this extremely difficult time.

    ( I am sorry I was not advised when the service was as I would have liked to show my support. I am certainly thinking of you all and have made a donation).

    Gaynor Henderson

    Gaynor Henderson
  58. I’m thinking of you John, Kirsten and Reece, Caroline was an amazing woman in all ways, I’ve known Caroline all my life.
    I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news, you were so strong, Your passing will effect so many people, you were an inspiration to us all.
    I will never forget you Caroline and the laughs and good times we had when we were kids, me, you, William and Craig used to get up to some mischief, then when I was writing to you when u were studying to be a nurse, I was always so happy to get a letter back from you through the letterbox.
    John, Kirsten and Reece did an amazing job, saying goodbye to you.
    I still can’t believe that you gone beautiful.
    Your with you Nanna now.
    Andrea xxxxx

    Andrea Finlayson
  59. So shocked to hear this really sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all at this sad time. Sending Love to you John, Kirsten and Reece. All our Love and hugs. Angela and Robert. Xxx

    Angela and Robert
  60. So shocked to hear this really sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all at this sad time. Sending Love to you John, Kirsten and Reece. All our Love and hugs. Rest in peace caroline. Angela and Robert. Xxxxx

    Angela and Robert
  61. Oh Caz Oh Caz! Rest in peace my dear. You are greatly missed ❤️ and have left a big hole in this world. You are a rare gem. A souls that always strived to make others happy, very bubbly and an infectious smile. Fly higher my love❤️

    Calista Mandangu
  62. Still cant believe you are no longer on this earth. My life will be forever better because you were in it. I hold every memory close to my heart. You were a force. You were never and will never be forgotten. Its still the same sun, moon and stars, only you are the brightest star now. Will miss you forever. Cheers toots xxxx

    Claire Bartsch