Caroline DeBoard

February 15, 1933 ~ August 28, 2020 (age 87)


(Mary) Caroline DeBoard, 87, of Kelleys Island, died Friday, August 28, 2020, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, following a brief illness.

She was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Cleveland, to George and Jeanette (Hamilton) Cleary. She owned and operated a bed and breakfast for many years on Kelleys. She was proud to be a great, great, great granddaughter of Datus and Sara Kelley. Datus and his brother Irad, founded Kelleys Island in 1933.


After raising four children, she worked as a congressional aide for William Broadhead in the 70’s. She was a strong woman, beating cancer 3 times. The 4th time, not so lucky. Besides her family, her biggest love was Kelleys Island.


Caroline is survived by three daughters Lori (Pat) Hayes, Stacey DeBoard, and Beth (Tony) Alfonso; two grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two step great grandchildren; sister Anne Sennish; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard E. DeBoard; her parents; sons Richard Kelley DeBoard and Jeffrey Booth DeBoard.


There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place to honor Caroline’s request. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2020 in Kelleys Island Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Memorial Day weekend in 2021.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kelleys Island EMS or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

Ransom Funeral and Cremation Service, Castalia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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Graveside Service
September 6, 2020

1:00 PM
Kelleys Island Cemetery

Kelleys Island, OH 43438


Stein Hospice Services
1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky OH 44870

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