Caroline M. Costantini

Carrie Costantini, 55, of Lenexa, KS passed away on March 30th, 2019 after a brief illness. Carrie was born in Abilene, TX on February 29th, 1964. She was an Air Force brat and grew up in Newfoundland, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Alabama, West Virginia and Maryland. She married a Marine and continued her travels to Virginia, North Carolina, California, and Egypt. After her husband’s retirement they first moved to Florida before settling in Lenexa. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She enjoyed cooking, history, and British TV. Carrie was well known for her support and advocacy for servicemen, veterans, and especially their families. She served as a volunteer and board member on several military and veteran related charities. She lived the words “No better friend, no worse enemy.”

She leaves behind her husband Will, son Zack, daughter Katie (husband Adam), daughter Gennie (husband Mike), parents Reg and Carol Morrison, and sister Judy, as well as legions of friends, fans, and admirers.


A visitation will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 6th at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203.  A memorial service will follow at 4:00 PM.  Following the service, there will be a reception beginning at 5 pm at Johnny’s, 13131 Shawnee Mission Parkway, please join the family to continue to celebrate the life of Carrie. 


Memorial donations may be made to Hero Labradors or Semper Fi Fund.

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30 Comments on “Caroline M. Costantini”

  1. Leslie Applegate Says:

    Carrie was a constant presence on my Facebook feed and although I never met her in person, I loved hearing about her daily life. I will miss her pictures of her family shenanigans and the wonderful old houses and pictures of art that she posted. She was a true hero to our military and will be missed. The Marines in Heaven will take good care of you, just like you took care of them here on earth.

  2. Lee Allton Says:

    I keep thinking of when we first met, I ran a Camp Pendleton Marine Families group on yahoo from 2003 to 2006… None of us knew what we were doing, we were all terrified. She did not hesitate to reach out to inspire, motivate and genuinely love us all even though her own husband was deployed and she had her own worries….. I loved her from hello…. She was a Warrior and epitomized the “can do, you are one of ours” ethos. She will be missed minute by minute by many. Rest in peace my dear friend, I will love you always and I will speak your name so others will know you. Prayers are being lifted for Will, the kids and all who loved you.

  3. Patti Patton Bader Says:

    My heart is crying… such a beautiful fun and loving woman taken to soon. I love you Carrie and will think of you often. I kissed a girl and I liked it was our song. So mwahhhh my wonderful friend.

  4. Doug Conway Says:

    While I only had the pleasure of meeting Carrie once, I get the pleasure of working with Will everyday of the week and my prayers go out to you and your family. I hope the warmth of Gods love will help you all to find the strength to deal with the grief of the loss of Carrie and the happiness to celebrate her life.

  5. Claire Says:

    I thank God that I was blessed to know Carrie as a friend and a mentor. When I was going through deployments with my son and TDYs with my husband, Carrie always knew when to be tough and when to be gentle. I am praying that Carrie’s husband and children will be comforted by those around them, encouraged by Cartie’s legacy in advocating and helping others, and thst they will find rest under the wings of the Most High.

  6. Rick Kovalcik Says:

    I am stunned and saddened to hear this. I only met Carrie a few times, but she was a wonderful person and will be missed. Thinking of you in this devastating time of sadness.

  7. Laura Beaver Says:

    Without having ever met you in person, you touched my life in many ways and inspired so many of us with your strength. I will definitely miss you.
    You were one a kind and special. I used to talk about you to my friends and family, and brag about what a great FB friend you were to me. I loved your family posts. I loved your rants and loved your pics.
    I only regret never meeting you in person…..those many years we chatted online.

    Rest in peace, sweet angel.

  8. Judy Gray Says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting her personally. We became friends on FB through mutual friends. She said I was a Rock Star Marine Granny. Oh, how we will miss her. Her feisty, yet caring spirit, her love for, and work for our military and veterans. She has left a legacy for the husband and children she adored. Praying grace and peace for them.

  9. Tracey Nichol Austin Says:

    My deepest condolences to Will, kids and the family. I met Caroline at Will’s class reunion many years ago. Carol was a ‘spitfire’ and a person who always provided thought provoking comments on Facebook. She was a fierce defender of her family. My love and prayers go out to you all.

  10. John Sheffield Says:


    I am stunned. Please know that I am here for you my friend to give you whatever support you need. I am praying for you and your family that somehow someway you can find your way through this time.

    Much Love,


  11. Krista Stuttle Says:

    Will-our thought and prayers are with you and your family. Hoping there is some solace in your memories and the love sent your way
    Lee and Krista Stuttle

  12. Betsy Speno Weathers Says:

    I stunned and saddened for the family and friends. So sorry for your great loss of a wonderful daughter,sister,mother, wife and friend. My heart and prayers goes to the entire family and may you find some peace in this time of grief.

    Will was a admirable and great friend to me in high school and to many other “Drydenites” in New York. She left this earth way too soon. May God help in healing your hearts and giving you strength for Will, his children, and many others that loved her.

  13. SgtMaj Kevin Bennett Says:

    Col Constantini,

    Sir, I want to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family on the loss of your bride. May god keep her, you and the family in his loving grace. Semper Fidelis my friend…SgtMaj Bennett and Family!

  14. Terry Lynn Hinderer Says:

    We as Marine Moms we’re so blessed to have this beautiful soul in our lives. She was an inspiration to so many, and helped us in so many ways. We are so saddened by her passing. For those who followed and chatted with Carrie, will miss her. Semper Fi! God bless you!

  15. Bill Brandt Says:

    Carrie was a regular presence on our Facebook group

    I loved her sense of humor. I considered her to be a character in the best sense of the word.

    There are a number of people on that group from around the world that I would like to meet some day and Carrie was one of them.

  16. Coach Soto Says:

    You know the weird thing is that I knew Carrie for 9-years and never personally knew what she really looked like. I knew her voice, her number, her temper, her laughter, her whit and charm, but I never laid eyes on her. This is the type of woman Carrie was. You didn’t need to know her face to know her heart. The heart that brought sense to a non-nonsensical world, the heart that brought peace to a fighting mad world, the ear that brought listening to a world that doesn’t listen and the heart that brought love to a world that has forgotten what it is to love. You didn’t need to know Carrie’s face, you just needed to know her heart. You will be my missed my friend. Love, Coach Soto

  17. Olga Says:

    I am heartbroken and still trying to process… Carrie was amazing! I love her no-nonsense approach to life, her humor, and sarcasm. How she loved her family, her Marines family, and her Military family. Speak their names, Carrie said… Her love of Art Deco, Doctor Who, British TV, and old houses. Tiny meatballs for the Christmas lasagna… Being a towel girl for Thatcher because labs gonna lab… Poor Buster, who is he going to sing the song of his people at 2 in the morning??
    If Carrie’s untimely passing hurts me so much, I cannot imagine how it is for Will, Zack, Gennie, Katie, her sister and her parents…
    May Lord give them all strength to go through this. Prayers and hugs
    Love you, Carrie, and till we meet again…

  18. Larry and Karin Henigan Says:

    We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Carrie. She was always brought great energy to any situation. While our interactions grew less with different paths, our memories and love have not diminished. Our condolences to Will, Zack, Katie, Gennie and all of the family.

    Semper fidelis,

    Karin and Larry

  19. Kris Kennedy Says:

    This weekend one of my dearest friends Carrie Costantini of 26 years past away. This beautiful woman that has left us too soon was a great wife, mother, friend and confidant. She supported the Marines and Veterans as if they were family. Carrie and I became sister in our early 20’s when we where stationed at Quantico, she raising a 2 year old son and 1 year old twin girls, myself raising my baby Mary Ryan. She had it all together and was a warrior from the beginning. We would miss each other when one of us went on vacation and couldn’t wait for our “boxed” wine and catching up on our time lost.
    Meme Shumaker, Carrie and I had 4 years of support and friendship for one another, we were inseparable. We remained close friends until her passing and shared so many good times. Carrie my heart is so heavy…I can’t believe you’re gone. You will forever be in my heart and prayers. I know you’re up there snapping those Angel into shape! You’ve truly earned your wings. I love you my sister and I will see you again

  20. Will, Winnie & Bill Pigott Says:

    Dear Will, Zack, Katie, Gennie and the entire family.

    Please accept our prayers, deepest condolences & love during this terribly sad, crushing time.

    We met your Mom, Dad & each of you fifteen years ago on Rocky Court in CamPen, CA.

    We were the luckiest Family in the U.S. Marines to have you all as neighbors for a couple of years. Winnie, Will, Sparks & I all loved your Mom, Dad & you guys then & now — here’s why:

    Carrie Costantini will always be a star in Winnie’s sky. She was a sister by choice, to Winnie. Winn deeply treasured Carrie as a loyal Mother, devoted loving Marine Spouse, a tough, American Patriot & a one in a million, true Friend.

    Our young son Will knew Carrie was cool & marveled her for her kindness, sincerity & love of dogs, including ours.

    All three of us loved Carrie for her beautiful sense of: fun, humor, adventure, independence, sincerity & strength. We saw Carrie, time and again go way above & beyond to support the 1st Marine Division, Spouses, & Children throughout our deployments to Afghanistan & Iraq. Your parents helped a lot of us along the way & had many victories together. ALL of those victories were founded on their character, integrity, patriotism & goodness.

    Winnie & I both looked up to your parents as a loving, stable couple & they were great role models for us. I was always confident that your Mom & Dad would look after Winnie, Will & Sparks & they always delivered — thank you Carrie and Will.

    We are confident & will never lose our Faith that we will see you further on down the trail Carrie. Please know Ma’am, that we will always be there for Will & your kin just as you have been there for us…

    With prayers, benevolent power & grace.

    Will, Winnie & Bill Pigott

  21. Deb Conrad Says:

    My heart is breaking for Carrie’s family, as well as those of us who have been touched and blessed by her unique ability to reach out and make the world a better place. To Will, Katie, Gennie, Zack, and Thatcher – I can’t imagine the pain and loss that you are going through right now. Please know that you are surrounded by love, prayers, and caring. There is a huge Carrie-shaped hole in the fabric of the Marine Corps family and I will deeply miss her forever.

  22. Charles Foster Says:

    A beautiful soul.

  23. Brian Fitzgibbons Says:

    Will and Family,

    My family will pray for God to strengthen you and your family during these sad and tragic times. Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of Carrie, and know that your Marine brothers mourn your loss with you. You are not alone, and please remember that our thoughts and prayers will follow you and your family.

    In deepest sympathy,
    Brian and Colleen Fitzgibbons

  24. Diane, Guido & Dan Marongiu Says:

    Dear Will and family,
    We are shocked and saddened! Been thinking about you and praying for you and your family all week. Our deepest condolences. Such a tragic loss. Will keep you in our prayers and close to our hearts.
    All our love,
    Diane, Guido and Danny

  25. SgtMaj (ret) Rick Hawkins Says:

    Colonel Constantine,

    Sir, my sincere condolences regarding your temporary physical separation from your lovely Bride. Please be confident that you will be together again as a reward for your faith. Be assured Know that you and your family are being lifted in prayer.

    As Ever,

    Rick Hawkins

  26. Louise Santucci Says:

    I can still hear that early morning husky voice, “Hey how you doing? You’re not going to believe this one, you better sit down”
    That was often how our conversations began during 1st LAR’s Deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    Well I was sitting down when I heard the news, but I was not prepared for this. It has taken me a few days to truly process and come to terms with your passing. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision this.
    Carrie and I began our journey together when Will joined 1st LAR as Battalion Commander. I regarded them with both some skepticism as I usually did when new Commanders arrive. They won me over quickly, they were a breath of fresh air. I liked Carrie, what was not to like? But I was keeping my distance I didn’t want to get caught up in the Key Wife chain. To put it into perspective, I was coming up on almost double digits of deployments, from before Desert Storm, during and beyond, I was now the wife of the Battalion Sergeant Major and quite honestly I was not ready to go through it again. Carrie asked if I would support her with the Key Wife network and I told her how I honestly felt, she didn’t badger me or make me feel bad, but she wouldn’t give up. I knew she really wanted me to join so I finally said yes. She had a way of making you want to help. That was Carrie. It turned out to be one of the better decisions I have made along the way.
    The team that Carrie built was phenomenal, they were made up of all ranks of wives coming from far and wide, but she didn’t stop there, this was not to be an exclusive wives club. Girlfriends, fiancés joined us and finally the umbrella reached out to the families of the single Marines, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. It turned into a support network of family that crisscrossed the country. That was Carrie. We endured and celebrated the good the bad and the ugly of that deployment. When it finally came to an end and the day of our Marines return, Carrie was there in her usual fashion, not dressed up with high heels and shoes and caked with makeup, but rather in Jeans and a sweater and a Viking Princess Helmet with braids she had just picked up on a girls weekend to Vegas. It helped with the nerves of the anticipation of the upcoming reunion. She hugged and celebrated with everyone. That was Carrie.
    Life moved on and we went our separate ways, but through Facebook, texts and phone calls we stayed in touch. I marveled at the way she worked tirelessly for the Marine Corps family, one of their biggest advocates. She had amassed such a network of friends and resources she could reach out at the drop of a hat and help in ways that many couldn’t.
    A few years later I got an email from her “ I have someone, who like to see a picture of her Father’s headstone, they have never seen it, its over in Fort Rosecrans, any chance you can go over and take a picture’ Well of course we went over. That was such a small request but it turned into such a wonderful afternoon, not only did we find the headstone and took lots of pictures, but it was such a beautiful afternoon we spent many hours visiting graves and reading stories of the people who are there. Truly an afternoon of remembrance. After that I had made a new friend by providing those pictures, who still continues through Facebook to bring such thoughtfulness and uplifting messages every day.
    We met up a couple of years ago and had breakfast, same old Will and Carrie. We reminisced about old times, I was amazed at her memory of people who I am sad to say I had forgotten. I am glad we had that time, it was brief but still enjoyable.
    I am sure there are thousands of people that have been touched by Carrie, Carrie was not just a good person, nor a great person, she was exceptional and will be dearly missed.

  27. Kate Stokes Says:

    Oh how I’ll miss you — so many of us have a grieving heart for you. You were special.

    Please know, that for a very long time, our thoughts and prayers are for your dearest loves: Will, Zack, Gennie, Katie, Thatcher, and Buster. You lived a life that mattered, Carrie. You will be missed everyday until we all see you again.

  28. Gene Cook Says:

    Carrie, you helped me help others and in that process, I helped myself. I can’t thank you enough for that. God bless you. I miss you. Love in Christ and Always, Gene

  29. Kim Brooks Says:

    Carrie, Even though our paths here on earth crossed only briefly you left an impression on me that I will never forget. You were ferocious! I remember you as a woman who loved her family fiercely. You treated your friends like family and loved us fiercely too. Thank you for helping make the worst of times the best of times. You have left us too soon. Thank you for the beautiful memories. God bless you Carrie and Peace be with Will and children.

  30. Dan and Rani O'Donohue Says:

    Dear Will,

    God bless Carrie’s loving soul and the Costantini family. We are forever in debt to a romance of such selfless service and support to others.

    Semper Fidelis,

    Dan and Rani O’Donohue

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