Carol Ruth Chalu

November 1, 1950May 18, 2022
Obituary of Carol Ruth Chalu
Carol Ruth Chalu, 71, passed away on Wednesday May 18, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is predeceased by her parents Ruth and Acton Chalu and her brother Wayne Chalu. She is survived by her sister Lauren Chalu (Jimmy Jennings) of Clearwater, Florida; sister-in-law Cynthia Chalu of Franklin, North Carolina and her children and grandchildren; cousins in Wisconsin and stepfamily in Canada. Carol was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 1, 1950. She graduated from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois and received her degree in Education from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She taught at a public elementary school before moving to Florida with her former husband Randy Dagostino to join her sister at Tampa Preparatory school in 1976. She would soon become the first female athletic director in the state of Florida at Tampa Prep and remain in that position until 2010 when early onset Alzheimer’s forced her to retire after more than 30 years of service. She amassed numerous achievements in her incredible career. Some of the most notable include: 9th on the list of the 50 greatest Tampa Bay Area coaches in history from prep to pros; Induction into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame; Dedication of the Tampa Prep volleyball court named in her honor; 12 state volleyball championships and a record of 602-100 in 21 seasons; Recognition by numerous organizations and newspapers and countless awards for her outstanding contributions to high school athletics and the coaching profession. Carol spent the last 4 years of her life at Sabal Palms Health Care Center. She was loved by both the residents and staff. She was the resident of the month spotlighted in November of 2019 on their newsletter. Carol loved her family, friends, cats, music, trips to North Carolina where she had hoped to retire, and her Tampa Prep family of co-workers and students. She will be remembered as compassionate, hardworking, and caring deeply about those less fortunate. She was known as the cat whisperer in her neighborhood and never let a stray go hungry. She rescued countless cats from the streets of South Tampa and adopted many into her home. Donations can be made in her honor to any animal rescue organization. A celebration of her life will be held at a date and location to be determined, please check back for service date and time. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the CHALU family.

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