Carol Linnea Italia

Carol Linnea Italia

February 18, 1953 – September 16, 2022

Carol was born on February 18, 1953, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. She passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday, September 16, 2022.

She was preceded in death by infant daughter, Jennifer Bostic; brother-in-law Kim Douds; father Wallace Wray; stepfather Lester Bilharz.

She is survived by sons, Nick (Kate) Italia and Mike Italia; granddaughter, Lilly; dog, Sam Elliot; mother, Joyce Bilharz; sisters, Sandra Wray, Terry (Thomas) Price; nephew, Harmon “H.T.” (Motoko) Maples; niece, Sarah (Jason) McCarthy; stepmother Jan Wray; stepsisters, Becky Bowman, Cindy Smith, Connie (Randy) Lippert, Ann (Mark) Sierzant; other relatives along with a legion of friends.

VISITATION: Friday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at West Center Chapel, followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Stephen Center, 2723 Q St, Omaha, NE 68107.


  • Belva Hansen Posted September 18, 2022 2:54 pm

    Joyce and family, we are so sad to hear of Carol Linnea Italia’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

  • Jay Flexer Posted September 18, 2022 10:11 pm

    Sad to hear. Carol and I talked over the decades at Guardian Life, getting past the dry insurance business we had to discuss to talk about our love of gardening and travel. Rest In Peace my long friend Carol

  • Nancy Zimmerman Gardiner Posted September 19, 2022 8:52 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Carol. She was a good friend since high school We reconnected in the past few years, shared a love of reading and stories about family. She loved her sisters, sons and granddaughter so much. I will miss her presence in this life. Prayers for all who loved her. ❤️

  • Jan Hassel Cronin Posted September 20, 2022 1:37 pm

    My heartfelt condolences go out to all of Carol’s family and friends. She was beautiful in high school and throughout her life. She always brought the best out in people and had the best sense of humor! We were proud Mighty Bunnies together, class of ’71.

  • Michael Vecchio Posted September 20, 2022 5:39 pm

    Prayers to Friends and Family

    • Teresa Marshall Posted September 21, 2022 5:24 pm

      My heart goes out to Carol’s family at this time of unexpected, deep loss. Carol and I met in 10th grade. She was my forever friend since that time and loved her family very deeply. I will miss her warmth and her effervescent humor. Sending prayers to all who loved and knew her.

  • Italia Family Side Posted September 23, 2022 5:24 am

    The 7 nieces and nephews (plus spouses) and the 19 great nieces and nephews on the Italia side would like to offer our condolences to Mike, Nick, Kate, and Lily. Whenever any of us would run into Aunt Carol around town we were always greeted with warm hugs and big smiles. We loved our Aunt Carol and will miss her. May her soul rest in God’s love.

  • Tom and Ginny Cree Posted September 24, 2022 3:38 pm

    Our Prayers are with you.

  • Warren and MaryBeth Austin Posted September 24, 2022 8:47 pm

    Much love to you and your family Joyce as you memorialize and celebrate the special life and gifts your daughter Carol has shared with so many.

  • Denise (Frederick) Barr Posted September 30, 2022 8:24 am

    Sorry to hear of Carol’s passing so young! She lived 3 houses up the hill from me on North 16th Street in Marshalltown. We hung out together often in the neighborhood and walked to school together, picking up others along the way. We had quite a group by the time we got to school! I lost track of her years ago but have thought of her often and wondered how she was. She was beautiful inside and out. I miss her.

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