Carissa M. Ireland



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Hilton: Suddenly, May 17, 2010 at age 20. Carissa is survived by her grandmother, Anne Ireland; parents, Michael & Robin Ireland; siblings, Jennifer (Josh) Woodard, Coleen (Brian) Bernett, Michael Ireland, Jr., Kayla Ireland, Robert Ireland & Kelsey Ireland; several other relatives and many dear friends. Her Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, May 27th 7 P.M. at First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road. Interment in Calvary Church Cemetery, Batavia was held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Bible Baptist Church in her memory.


  1. David & Audrey Ossewaarde on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Carissa was such a wonderful lady. My heart is broken for you. We’re praying for your family. Thank God for Heaven, it’s sounding sweeter every day.

  2. Lee and Anne Gabel family on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Ireland Family, We are so glad that God has blessed you with the life of Carissa and thus we have been blessed. You all have shown the joy of Christ in your lives. It hurts so much to think of your pain as you miss her. Carissa has been a special spark to help people know the light of Christ. Even this time of separation has made her life useful to draw more people to cling to Him more tightly. That clinging to Him has brought us comfort as we’ve sorted through the shock and sadness. God has comforted with thoughts of where Carissa was when she died–in Christ’s grip; with thoughts of where she is now–in Christ’s grip; with thoughts that all the Irelands are in His grip. We are also comforted in the thought that Christ came that we may have life to the full and Carissa has it now. Until we join Christ in that joy, we fondly remember Carissa’s fun, insightfulness, adventurousness, sparkle in her eye, heartwarming smile, love for her family, and passion for Christ. May you know the power of God’s love and peace in His grip. With love from your brothers and sisters in Christ, The Gabels (Lee, Anne, Samuel, Jonas, Paul, Evangeline, and Maria)

  3. Sarah Pluta (Carney) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Michael and Robin: It has been so long since I’ve seen you two. I read the news about your daughter Carissa. I’m am so terribly sorry for your loss. Let your faith guide you through this tragic time. God is the only one with the answers. You are in my prayers. Sarah

  4. Annelisa on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ireland, I am a friend of Carissa’s from school and was so blessed to know her. She had a love for the Lord that shone brightly and was a testimony of the Lord and His goodness to those around her. Her joy was always evident in her smile and laugh. Her heart so caring toward others wept over souls and rejoiced in personal spiritual victories and in seeing souls saved. Her passion to see souls redeemed by Christ was so evident as she gave testimony of her missions trips and of what God was doing in Bible Clubs. Carissa was on my hall this year, and as I saw her in the hall talking on the phonse, she was always on with you, and that love for family is truly a treasure 🙂 She prayed regularly for your needs there in Ukrains, and brought them before the other girls on the floor in hall meeting so we could pray for them as well–I remember praying for rain! When I heard that the Lord had taken Carissa home with Him, I wept over the loss to us; and though questions and sorrow flooded over me, I remembered that God is always good and always does His very best for His children. It was God’s very best plan for Carissa, then, to take her home now. What rest and joy that gave me. I pray that tonight, many souls would be drawn to Christ at the service, and that through all things, He will be exalted and glorified. As I remember Carissa, that is how my heart is raised in thanksgiving to God for the gift that she was. To God be the glory, great things He has done in creating Carissa and fulfilling His perfect plan in her. My love and prayers to you, and hugs as well. Annelisa Winston ~Even in the valley, God is good. Even in the valley, He is faithful and true. He carries His children through, like He said He would. Even in the valley, God is good!~

  5. Rachel K. Thompson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11 Robin and Mike, I pray that you will find comfort in the coming days, and know that the Lord Jesus Christ will bring you comfort every second that you need it.

  6. Lisa Stepnick on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I heard about this from other Christian friends on facebook. Although I did not know Carissa personally, I knew of her and her family. My heart and my prayers go out to your family. Nothing can be said to soothe your grieving hearts, but the one thing I can say is that ‘we sorrow not as others which have no hope.’ I pray that God strengthens and comforts you during this time. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.’ Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In Christ, Lisa

  7. John Irvin on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I will miss you so much until I can see you again beyond those Pearly Gates. You were the sister I never had and I wish I could tell you how much I love you. I can’t wait to see you again.

  8. Cheryl D. on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Just imagine – a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! Then the prayers for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven will be fully realized. (Rev.21:4; Matt.6:10; John 5:28,29) My deepest sympathy.

  9. June Fenton Folk and Scott Folk on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Michael and Robin….We send all our love and prayers to you and your family! Carissa and all your children are such a gift to this world and we are so proud of you both and the blessings you have given to the world through your children. You are always in our hearts. Much love, June and Scott

  10. Tammy Traster on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike & Robin My prayers are with you and your family as you go thru this time. I wish that I had some magic words that could ease your pain but at least now Carissa is with God in a place that knows only peace. Please contact me via my attached email. My love to you and your family.

  11. John & Cathy O'Brien Family on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike & Robin & Ireland Family, We love you all and are kneeling with you through this very burdensome time. Praise the Lord for Carissa’s very clear testimony & fruit that she bore in her life giving evidence of a Christ-life. She will be greatly missed by so many.

  12. Rick Grape on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike & Robin, I praise the Lord for good friends like you, but my heart breaks for your pain. I never wanted anyone to endure the pain we experienced w/ loosing Kevin, but expecially our best friends. We love you guys, and are praying for you all.

  13. Bob & Barb Kaiser on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike and Robin Sending our love and prayers through mounds of tears remembering Carissa – the special person she is – her smile and her heart – and rejoicing with you for the time we had with her and the ways she touched our hearts. Love you much.

  14. Charlene and Rick Marsh on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike, Robin My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time… May God Bless You during this difficult time…

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  16. David and Dora Henry on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike, Robin, and family, We have been praying for you, tears of joy knowing carrisa is with Jesus and we will see her again. We love you all.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you this week.. David n Dora

  17. Tom Pettinella on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike, I’am so sorry to hear about your daughter. Just letting you know you and your family are in our prayers. God Bless.

  18. Carin and Lucille Caruso on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Robin, Michael and family, we are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. ELISA DI PIETRO on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sympathy - The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality. Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling in heaven. Roman Missal O Divine Creator, Tend the ailing hearts, Amen.  Be Comforted: SINCERELY, ELISA DI PIETRO (MILLY MORETTO’S SISTER)

  20. Christian Adkison on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    There are no words to describe how much Carissa will be missed. Though we sorrow here on earth, she now lives where there is no sorrow. The years will seem to be only days to her until we are with her once again. She was such a positive influence on everyone she met. She cared about everyone she knew at college as if they were family, so we felt like she was our sister. She would ask us how we were doing, and she truly cared about what was going on in our lives. Serving God was her goal in life, and she accomplished that goal in everything that she did. Matthew 5:4 ’Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.’ I Thessalonians 4:13 ’But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.’ I Thessalonians 4:18 ’Wherefore comfort one another with these words.’ May the testimony of Carissa’s life bring many others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ our Savior.

  21. jessica fenton on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Though we don’t see each other we are all family and that is special. So sorry for ur loss someday u will b together again

  22. David and Jolene Sloan on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We will miss her dearly. We love you, dear friends, and you are in our constant prayers.

  23. Paul, Lida & Rachel Ungaro on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Words can’t describe how grateful we are that God brought your family to our home in NC last year. We got to see Carissa as the beautiful, faithful woman that you’ve raised her to be. She is face to face with our Lord and Savior right now crowing Him with her many many crowns. May the Holy Spirit bring your family comfort. We love you!

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