Carol Cates Wensel


Carol Cates Wensel, age 61, of Corning, NY passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Bampa’s House in Corning.


Carol was born on August 21, 1960 in Sanford, FL and was the daughter of Dalton and Joan (Gery) Cates. 


She was a graduate of Corning West High School and attended Corning Community College.


Carol began working for Corning Inc. in 1987 as a Mailing Services Coordinator, then in 1989 she took the position of Sales and Marketing Coordinator. In June of 2008, Carol became the Project Support Coordinator and Trade Events Consultant retiring after more than 34 years of service in 2020.


She enjoyed laying in the sun by her pool in the summer time and being outdoors, loved going to the lake, living the simple life, but most of all she loved being with her family and friends.


She is survived by her mother, Joan; one son, Zach (Santana Grimm) Wensel of Corning; brothers, Jesse (Melissa) Cates of Corning and Mark Cates of Corning; the love of her life, Terry Rhodes of Lindley; and several nieces and nephews.


Carol was preceded in death by her father, Dalton Cates, and sister-in-law, Margaret (Kenyon) Cates.


A public visitation will be held on Monday, November 22 from 11:00 to 1:00PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street, Corning, NY with a funeral service to follow at 1:00 PM with Rev. Len Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post, NY.


Memorial contributions can be made to Bampa’s House, PO Box 965, Corning, NY 14830,


For those that are unable to attend the service there will be a livestream of the service at the following link:


Carol’s family has entrusted her care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.