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Carolyn Sue Relling-Surrisi, 52, resident of Richmond Heights, Missouri, formerly of St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on April 26, 2020 after a brief but brave battle with cancer.  Carolyn was born in May, 1967 and grew up in St. Charles, the third of four daughters born to Robert Gregory and Betty Clare (Steele) Relling.  Carolyn’s life continues to be celebrated by her son Robert Michael “Robin” Surrisi, husband Michael O. Surrisi, stepdaughter Elizabeth Olano Minardi (Michael), sisters Maureen Relling Booth, Lisa Denman (Chris) and Sharon Bonnie Valle, nephews Tony Price (Angelina), Nick Johnson, Trevor Johnson, Jacob Booth, Josh Booth, Jem Booth, Cole Denman and Ranes Denman, and many aunts and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Mary Lou Relling, sister and dearest friend Sharon Relling Johnson and stepson Michael Omar Surrisi.  Carolyn will be greatly missed by her lifelong friend, Marie Schmich.  Finally, she will be missed around the tables of the recovery groups she attended and by the countless friends she acquired over her 24 years in sobriety.

Carolyn attended Metro High School and Roosevelt High School in St. Louis.  She worked in real estate and advertising and wrote for St. Louis Women on the Move magazine.  A woman of many talents, Carolyn wrote poetry and short stories and sang beautifully, performing with a local band.  She raised Robin to appreciate good movies and great music.  She could recall and quote lines from movies and books, beating anyone in the room at Trivial Pursuit.  Her quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Details of a memorial service to be held when it is safe for friends and family to travel will be announced at a later date.  Donations in Carolyn’s honor may be made to the addiction recovery organization or liberal political cause of your choice.