Carol Carr

Carol Carr, 77, of Kirkwood, Missouri died on July 3, 2022. Carol was born in St. Louis on April 21, 1945 to Anna and Ralph Mathany. She was the much beloved wife of Don Salniker, with whom she would have celebrated 30 years of marriage this coming November. She is survived by her son, David Carr, who was born during her first marriage to Tom Carr, and by siblings Irene Korlin and Gary Matheny. Carol will be especially missed by Sandra Blackford, her dear cousin who was more like a sister. She was preceded in death by parents Anna and Ralph Matheny. Carol graduated from Ritenour High School and then furthered her education completing both bachelor’s and master’s degrees

During her career, Carol worked as a social worker and as a psychologist for several agencies including Mercy Hospital. At the same time, Carol had an entrepreneurial streak and pursued a challenging and ultimately successful real estate endeavor.

Carol had many friends, including former co-workers, fellow bridge players, and the members of her walking group. She had many interests which lead her to own a variety of books on many subjects and an eclectic assortment of collectibles.  She had a great love of animals and rescued and adopted many pets over the years.

She was much loved and is greatly missed by all family and friends.

A memorial service will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice in Carol’s honor.


  1. Paul Geerling on August 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Carol was a unique spirited person. She was always smiling, an intense listener and a fun-loving people person. I’m sure many people were better off after being around her. Well done Carol!

  2. Robert Dierker on August 7, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Carol was a great person. A true friend and fantastic co- worker. A real support to many. Carol will be missed.

  3. Jerry Foerstel on August 7, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Carol was a highly respected woman by everyone at Snow Hollow Lake where she and her husband owned a cabin.
    Carol was interested in her neighbors and the Conservation of Snow Hollow Lake and its surroundings. She was a
    fun loving lady, and outspoken lady, and you could be proud to say she was your friend. May she rest in peace.

  4. Jean Rosenfeld on August 7, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Don, I was so saddened and shocked to see that Carol had passed away. The last time I had contact with her was several years ago when we helped contact friends and other people for Barbara M’s memorial service. My sincere condolences to you and other family members.
    Carol was a really good person who will be missed by many people.
    May memories of her be a blessing.

  5. Wanda Kennedy-Kuntz on August 8, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    I was blessed to know Carol for only a few short years through our Webster Groves walking group. During those few short years, Carol became for me a tremendously supportive listener as I navigated a major life decision. She was both lightheartedly funny and deeply caring – always cooking up some fun activity for all of us! We will all deeply miss Carol

  6. Ellen Menown on August 8, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Oh, Don, this is very very sad. Jean Rosenfeld just broke the news to me and I am still in shock. During the time I’ve known Carol, you have always been there with her, as has been David, though I rarely had the opportunity to visit David since he moved away. She loved you both so much. Don, you always seemed to be in lock-step with Carol and such a great partner with her. Such a good relationship! I first met Carol when she worked for the Missouri Division of Family Services with my mother. Later, when she was a therapist at St. John’s Mercy, I was a teenage candy-striper volunteer. I loved visiting with her when I was volunteering at the hospital. After college, when I moved back to St. Louis, I was lucky to be part of a bridge group with her. She was more serious about bridge (and certainly better at the game) than me, and so much fun! She was to always interested in everything, willing to try new things, funny, and kind. I remember her saying that she didn’t need to make things perfect, just to make them better. I also remember being amazed at her willingness to learn new skills such as plumbing and put those skills in practice! Such a role model! She was such a great, long-term, friend of my mother Barbara Menown and, true to Carol’s inherently kind and generous nature, she was a pillar of support for my entire family throughout Barbara’s illness and after her death. My family will always be deeply grateful to her. With the passing of Carol, I think the world is a lesser place for it. The community, and I, will miss her. Don and David, please accept my sincere condolences.

  7. Laura Birk on August 9, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Carol was a colleague and friend who amazed me with her willingness to tackle any project, sealing the driveway, or repairing a broken pipe–she referred to those projects as ‘relationship testers’ and Donald was always there. She was a part of the group at SJMMC who I called friends …..those who I still think of fondly. My condolences to all who loved Carol.

  8. Kathy Hughes on August 11, 2022 at 11:14 am

    I got to know & love Carol at Mercy Hospital -social worker -1977- emember we had a Baseball teal at Village Bar? then want to a Floating trip was the weekend/ memberies! I was so great to plan our social worker picnic & dinner..carol was alsome we will miss her! Kathy Hughes

  9. Kay SIMOKAITIS on August 12, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Carol was a wonderful friend and coworker…She always had a bright smile,and
    concern for all..We will miss her. My sincere sympathy to Don,David and Carol’s family.

  10. Renate Frick-Langer on August 18, 2022 at 8:13 am

    carol was a unique and much loved friend and travel companion. her sudden death has left a deep hole in my heart. may my love of her be a comfort to Don and all the friends who share my sadness.

  11. Carol Hamilton on August 21, 2022 at 11:14 am

    I was saddened to learn of Carol’s passing. Carol was always so cheerful and upbeat, and always interested and concerned about others. I had a chance to visit with Carol last when we both attended a funeral service of another Mercy coworker a year or two ago. I will always treasure our brief visit as we talked about our shared enjoyment of British dramas and unfortunately, health challenges that face us all.

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