Obituary: Caryl Anne Velisek, 87
BARNESVILLE, Md. — Caryl Anne Velisek, a longtime reporter for The Delmarva Farmer, died on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Ballenger Creek Center after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born Carol Anne Masl on April 8, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio.
She explained that she changed the spelling to “Caryl” at Rhoads High School when she discovered there were 11 other Carols in her class.
Through a mutual friend she met her life’s love Aldrich “Aug” Velisek, and they were wed on Feb. 2, 1950 and were devoted partners until his death in 2001.
The romance inspired a book that Mrs. Velisek published in 2006, “I Studied to be an Opera Singer, But I Married a Cowboy.” The 192-page paperback book includes dozens of stories and photos of the couple and their family.
“We were married for 51 years until his death at 74 years of age from complications of Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness he had battled for three years,” she wrote in the book’s forward. “We raised five great kids, met some wonderful and interesting people along the way and I had a lot of fun.”
Mrs. Velisek was an agricultural journalist for more than 30 years as a staff writer for American Farm Publications, with most of her articles appearing in The Delmarva Farmer.
Her main beat was the cattle industry in the Mid-Atlantic, usually in Western Maryland, and she covered many other events and attractions in Frederick, Md., and the surrounding area.
“Nobody covered a cattle show or sale like Caryl,” said Sean Clougherty, AFP managing editor. “She had a tremendous passion for the industry, its people and the benefit showing livestock had on youth. We will deeply miss Caryl and her enthusiasm for agriculture.”
“My heartfelt condolences go out to Caryl’s family,” said Renee Van Pelt, AFP general manager. “She will surely be missed by the staff at The Delmarva Farmer.”
She was preceded in death by her parents Emma (Stone) Masl and Frank Masl, brother Frankie Masl, and her husband Aldrich F Velisek.
Mrs. Velisek is survived by five children; Aldrich Velisek III of Catonsville, Md.; Jamie Razga, of Dillsburg, Pa.; Michael Velisek, of New Market, Md.; Douglas Velisek,of Fairplay, Md.; and Peter Velisek, of Keymar, Md., along with five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A private memorial will be scheduled at a later date
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Frederick County Hospice at www.hospiceoffrederick.org or the Maryland Angus Women’s Club, c/o Donna Full, Treasurer 6211 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, MD 21797.
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