(nee OíConnor) passed away peacefully on September 16, 2019, at the
Westminster Place retirement community in Evanston, Illinois, at the age of
Predeceased by her
husband of 31 years, James, she will be greatly missed by her daughters
Carolyn (John) and Ann (George) and by her grandchildren Lucas and Abra,
along with relatives and friends.
Born in Kansas
City, Missouri, Carolyn lived in Michigan, New York, and Illinois during her
Lawrence University, where she earned a bachelorís degree in liberal arts.
During World War II, she worked with the American Red Cross in Chicago and
the Newspaper Commission of the War Labor Board. She later received her
Masterís degree in teaching from Valparaiso University and a certification
in counseling from Purdue University.
Carolyn was a
teacher and guidance counselor in Porter County, Indiana, school systems for
many years, as well as at Purdue University North Central and Indiana
University Northwest. She tutored immigrants in English in her 70s and 80s,
while living at Pines Village Retirement Community in Valparaiso, Indiana,
reflecting her strong belief in the power of knowledge and equal
opportunity. She was an elder at St. Johnís United Church in Chesterton and
someone who lived the values that the church embraces. She was a lover of
music who sang in choirs for much of her life, including the St. Johnís
United Church choir, and the ďSonshine SingersĒ at Westminster Place.
Carolyn loved to
travel and visited many faraway locales, including Alaska, Mexico, Europe,
the British Isles and China. She also loved nature and animals, and over the
years rescued many an abandoned cat and dog. Her last and most beloved cat,
Tigger, one of those she rescued, passed away just six days before Carolyn.
The family would
like to thank the staff of Westminster Place, as well as the Home Instead
Senior Care aides, for the personal attention Carolyn received in her final
celebrating Carolynís life will take place November 16, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.,
at the Westminster Healthcare Elliott Chapel, 3200 Grant St., Evanston, IL,
In lieu of flowers,
donations in Carolynís name may be made to the Sierra Club.
been entrusted to Cremation Society of Illinois. Phone 773-774-3333.