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Crystal Bell

Carol Porcelli Bell

June 21, 1950 - July 13, 2022

Join us in celebrating the life of our mother Carol Porcelli Bell. She was a force to be reckoned with and lovingly larger than life. We want to hear your stories and memories of her. Click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email updates on her virtual Celebration of Life ceremony.

Carol Porcelli Bell left us far too soon at the age of 72 on July 13, 2022. She was surrounded by her children, as her youngest daughter applied her signature red lipstick.    Carol was born on June 21, 1950, to Frank Porcelli Sr. and Muriel Porcelli (née Oratowski) in Chicago, IL. As the middle of three children, and the only girl, Carol was fiercely independent and larger than life, a good-natured foil for her brothers Frank Jr....  see more
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  • Aaron Janus
    Carol was such a beautiful person and I enjoyed spending time with her.She let me babysit Joseph and would take me shopping with her so I could watch Joseph while she tried on clothes and then she would take me out for lunch made me feel special.I...  more
  • Johnathon Edwards
    Rest in peace Grandma. She was a flame so bright that coals are still burning in her wake.
    • Johnathon Edwards
      Joseph Watson This is a beautiful tribute to your grandma. The ceremony today was lovely and I think really honored her firey spirit and memory. All of the speakers did very well to capture who she was and how she enhanced so many people's lives.
      • August 3, 2022
  • Sherry Edwards
    Christmas was always her favorite Season. Ever since I was a little girl she made it so very special. All the presents, lights, glitter and family time together. Very happy we spent her last Christmas all together. Love and miss all your sparkle.
  • Joseph Janus
    My Mother kept a garden
    A garden of the heart;
    She planted all the good things,
    That gave my life its start.
    She turned me to the sunshine,
    And encouraged me to dream:
    Fostering and nurturing
    The seeds of self-esteem.
    And when the winds and rains...  more
  • Angela Porcelli
  • Joseph Watson
    I wanted to say that Carol was very good to me when I was new to Woodstock. I came to the town for highschool and as my neighbor she was quick to say hello, and immediately asked her daughter Crystal to come meet me. We were both attending Woodstock high...  more
    • Joseph Watson
      Sherry Edwards Thank you for sharing. Great picture! She is truly missed.
    • Joseph Watson
      Aubri Wells-Griffis I have hundreds of awesome memories of Carol and all the fun times I got to spend with her! Sherry and I were childhood friends and neighbors so I spent a lot of time at their house. Carol was always the “cool mom”. She was also our Girl Scout...  more
    • Joseph Watson
      Tina Schultz She was such a vibrant, caring woman. She lived out loud without apology, and I was always in awe of that. I had so much fun getting to know her as an adult when we all went for Frank & Linda’s cruise years ago. She shared the funniest stories about...  more
    • Joseph Watson
      Deidra Mercuri Carol. I will never forget being downtown with you in my covertible, listening to Morrissey. Whenever a guy approached we didn't want to talk to you'd say hi, do you have money? And they'd leave us alone. Lol. Fly high Carol. You will be missed. Until we...  more
  • Shaunna Murphy
  • Crystal Bell

    thank you for everything. even when it was hard you never gave up or let yourself get down. you found beauty and possibility in the smallest things. i still have so much to learn from you. as a single mom, you raised three strong, independent...  more
  • Sherry Edwards
    Thank you Mom for making every Christmas a memorable one. Growing up you were Team Mom for all the many sports I played, you volunteered to help out in my classroom, you welcomed all my neighborhood friends to have a safe and fun spot in our home, you...  more
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    • Sherry Edwards
      Aubri Wells-Griffis OMGEEE! I literally just listed so many of these things about her! I should have read this before I wrote mine. Too funny! I’m so sorry Sherry! I can’t even imagine all the feels your dealing with! I love you Girl! And I’d love to get together and catch up!
  • Joseph Janus

    Words can never describe the impact you had on me. You taught me how to belive in myself. You were such a creative kind person and a true Rebel Heart. I love you!