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Carol Anne (Seibel) Stenzel, 80, of Wenona, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 14, 2018 at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Normal, IL.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM Friday, December 21, 2018 at St. Mary’s Church in Wenona with the Franciscan Friars officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held in the church on Thursday evening from 5 to 8:00 PM. The rosary will be recited at 4:30 PM. Additional visitation will be in the church on Friday at 10:00 AM until time of service. The Hurst Funeral Home in Wenona is handling her arrangements.
Carol was born on February 9, 1938 in Streator, the daughter of Edward and Katherine (Taylor) Seibel. Carol was not able to meet her father due to his unexpected death, but she was blessed to be raised by her step-father Henry Gustafson after her mom remarried in 1942. On February 1, 1958, Carol married her high school sweetheart Charles Stenzel in Rutland. They enjoyed 8 years together before his death in 1966. While their years together were few, their love of each other and family was enormous.
Carol was a full-time mother and homemaker for 18 years raising her children, with a small side business of baking birthday and wedding cakes and her special cinnamon rolls. She later became a smiling face to many students and faculty at the Wenona, and later Fieldcrest school district as office secretary. She was involved with scholastic bowl and retired from the school district in 2003. Carol was a faithful servant of God and actively served her church as a CCD teacher, member of the Altar & Rosary Society, Cursillo #451 family, and as Eucharistic Minister. She accompanied the St. Mary’s Singers mission trips to Kentucky as well as chaperoned a group to World Youth Day to see Pope St. John Paul II. Carol loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her soft voice, big heart and strong faith were known by many.
She is survived by seven children: Anne (Jack) Newhalfen of Wenona, Chuck (Joyce) Stenzel of Arlington Heights, Dave (Sharon) Stenzel of Marietta, GA, Don (Janice) Stenzel of Platte City, MO, Patti Tyner (Tim Griffin) of Bloomington, Linda (Donnie) Regnier of Wenona, and Marcia (Greg) Heaton of Heyworth. She is also survived by her brothers Ron (Rosie) Seibel, Dale (Jackie) Gustafson, brothers-in-law George Peverly and Stan Konwinski, and sister-in-law Elaine (Jim) Krischel. She was the loving grandmother to nineteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charlie; her daughter, Donna Marie; her parents, Edward, Katherine and Henry; and her beautiful sister, Jane Peverly.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the Wenona St. Nick’s Workshop.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Grandview and Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Centers and Vitas Hospice for their loving care.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.