For two years, Carole Bizzack and her sister had been planning a cruise in Alaska. It was supposed to have started yesterday morning in Atlanta, where the sisters would meet to start their journey north.
Instead, Bizzack, 64, leaves behind her sister, Zane Castle of Virginia, two children and her husband of 35 years, John Bizzack, the commissioner of the state Department of Criminal Justice Training.
Lisa Lemay worked for the Bizzacks at their Bittersweet Station Farm on Winchester Road and called her a "hummingbird charmer."
"They would fly into her home and one even flew into her hand," Lemay said. "She had a passion for animals and they could sense that."
That passion included two dogs and the Tennessee walking horses she loved to ride, Lemay said.
But Bizzack charmed more than animals. Longtime friend Helen Hamilton recalls that the two would send the same birthday card back and forth every year with new messages until it was filled. In 2000, they started a new one, in which Bizzack had written "May we have many more replacement cards in our future."
"What a gift in my life to have had her as my friend," Hamilton said.
Among Bizzack's survivors are her sister, Zane Castle of Virginia; a son, Jason of Lexington, and a daughter, Stacey of Tampa, Fla.
Bizzack was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and was involved with her husband's work, Lemay said. The John W. Bizzack Law Enforcement Complex on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond is named for him.