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Carolan, Gertrude Mary (Willson) 1916 - 2005


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 6/3/2014 at 14:42:50

Cedar Rapids Gazette, Tue., 1 March 2005. Condensed from a longer obit.

Gertrude Mary Willson Carolan, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Central Community Hospital, Elkader.

Mass of Christian Burial: Thur., St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home in charge.

She was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Canoe Township, north of Decorah, to Frank and Sarah (Welsh) Willson. She attended school at Burr Oak and Decorah.

She was married to Raphael Carolan on Nov. 22, 1934, at St. Benedict's Church, Decorah. After living a short time near Peosta and Anamosa, the family moved to Elkader in 1942. Gertie and Ray were married 64 years. She was involved in many community and church activities.

She is survived by one son, Douglas (Lois), Overland Park, Kan.; two daughters, Janice (Bob) Hamilton, Barrington, Ill., and Victoria Carolan and husband Howard Mayer, Elkader, and a daughter-in-law, La Rae Carolan of Elkader. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Stephen Carolan, Peoria, Ill.; Daniel Carolan, St. Olaf; Michael Carolan, Springville: Robert Carolan, Dubuque: Thomas Carolan, Tampa, Fla.; Jennifer Caroline, Coralville; Patrick Carolan, Olathe, Kan.; Martin Carolan, Charlotte, N.C.; Robert Hamilton, Jr. and Colleen Vap, Cedarburg, Wis.; two step-grandchildren, Teryl Mayer, Rolling Meadows, Ill. and Clayton Mayer, Chapel Hill, N,C.; 13 great grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ann Aschim and Margaret (Last name missing.) of Decorah, and Loretta Qwens, Marion; two brothers, Charles Willson, Cedar Rapids, and James Willson, Marion; two sisters-in-law, Irene Wilson, Bloomington, Ill., and Dorothy Wilson, Guttenberg; and a special niece, Madonna Wilson, Decorah.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, David; twin infant sons, Francis and Thomas; a sister, Florence Carolan; and two brothers, Paul and Robert Wilson.


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