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Former resident Carolyn Harnach passes away at age 97

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Carolyn Harnach (nee OíConnor) passed away peacefully on September 16, 2019, at the Westminster Place retirement community in Evanston, Illinois, at the age of 97.

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 childhood.

She attended 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 years.

A service 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, 60201.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carolynís name may be made to the Sierra Club.

Arraignments have been entrusted to Cremation Society of Illinois. Phone 773-774-3333.



Posted 11/11/2019





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