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In honor of my loving sister Carolaine


In words of faith she once expressed to me...

I come aside from this World of strife

with its burdens, trials and cares of life

To a beautiful, quiet, restful place

Where I commune with my Jesus face to face.

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In honor of my loving sister Carolaine


In words of faith she once expressed to me...

I come aside from this World of strife

with its burdens, trials and cares of life

To a beautiful, quiet, restful place

Where I commune with my Jesus face to face.

After over 60 years knowing her and always loving her, it is mind boggling to choose what and how to convey how much she meant to me. Like all siblings we had our ups and downs but always forgave each other on the downs and had tons of fun on the ups. So here goes…

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There are so many memories


There are so many memories


Mom, Carolaine, x, and x

Mom, Carolaine, x, and x

Carolaine with Mom

Carolaine with Mom

Carolaine about 3 yrs old

Carolaine about 3 yrs old

Paul and Carolaine with Mom

Paul and Carolaine with Mom

Paul, Carolaine, and me with Mom in Mt. Clemens

Paul, Carolaine, and me with Mom in Mt. Clemens

Carolaine about 8 yrs old

Carolaine about 8 yrs old

Paul and Carolaine with [dog's name]

Paul and Carolaine with [dog's name]

Though Carolaine was six years older, our child hood was spent together, as I would follow her around constantly. I was like her attached puppy, going on adventures in our neighborhood in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, our first home together. She was a girl and pretty but more like a tom boy as our brother, Paul (only two years younger than she) plus most neighbors were boys, so a lot of boy type events took place.

They would play baseball or play catch with hard balls quite a bit, so I watched by her in the street. I say hard ball as once she missed her ball which ended up on my head. Guess I watched a little too close apparently so did not blame her. However, she felt bad as she ran to get our mom, but I should have learned my lesson to distance myself from her a bit. 

Well, they also played croquet often, as fate would have it, I stood a bit too close again to watch her perform her swing and WHAM her mallet struck square in my right eye. As blood gushed, she again ran to retrieve our mother. Again she felt bad but I, being only about four, knew it was my fault. After those two events, we both learned I back off to a safe distance, as I still followed her. Soon I chose to find some safer things like playing with dolls, which she didn’t like to do or bounce a soft little ball or jump rope.

One day she ran away from home because our parents would not buy her a pony. Scared them and her when they finally found her and she gave that notion up.

 

Carolaine (about 12 yrs old), me, and Paul

Carolaine (about 12 yrs old), me, and Paul

Carolaine, Mom, Grandma Dorothy, and me

Carolaine, Mom, Grandma Dorothy, and me

As we grew older, between school and different friends and activities, and our age difference, we often went different directions but still shared a good home life. Plus would learn to play the piano together (taught by a nun), take English horseback lessons and others. 

Me, Grandma Dorothy, and Carolaine

Me, Grandma Dorothy, and Carolaine

One time my sister and I took a Greyhound bus to Pennsylvania to our grandparent’s home. We stopped in Cleveland, Ohio to change busses with a one hour layover. Well, Carol decided she was hungry, plus I agreed since she was in charge, so we went to a rundown part of the city and found a little diner. We ordered eggs, toast, and bacon. Then sat back and observed the cooks.

Well they staggered around out of sorts then we realized they were all drunk. We watched as they prepared our food and cringed, as they were dropping stuff even on the floor -- then brought to us that same food with raw eggs. Of course our hunger was gone so we paid and left without eating. Now-a-days no one would pay for that but back then kids had no say about stuff happening.

So now we got on the bus heading to Pennsylvania hungry and tired. Then we heard bottles rolling back and forth on the bus, finding out they were tons of beer bottles. After about nine more hours of that, empty stomachs and all the up-down hills and bouncing around on the bus we finally arrived at our destination.

Never again was there a bus ride with my sister. 

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Carolaine was selfless


And dedicated to many, friends, relatives, and others.

She will be remembered for her loving care by so many.

Carolaine was selfless


And dedicated to many, friends, relatives, and others.

She will be remembered for her loving care by so many.

Carolaine with High School boyfriend before the big dance

Carolaine with High School boyfriend before the big dance

I was very proud of her when she played on a girls’ softball team and played guitar in a talent show as she sang “The Auctioneer”, she had a cool duck hairdo. 

Also proud of her attending and graduating from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (where we lived our teen years). She dated some by then, mostly foreigners. She was engaged around 1964 to a German named Robert, but he went back to Germany and let her know he was marrying his childhood sweetheart. 

She then decided, after her major at U of M was German, she would be a German teacher and forget guys a while. Until she found out who it was she had to student teach under. It was my old German teacher who I had explained to Carol and mom she was neurotic, crazy, crazy mean person who thought she was Hitler. But they did not believe me.

Freshman High School portrait

Freshman High School portrait

Junior High School portrait

Junior High School portrait

Freshman College portrait

Freshman College portrait

Graduation College portrait

Graduation College portrait

Graduation from U of Michigan

Graduation from U of Michigan

Carolaine's first three kids: Ed, Elaine, and Gregg

Carolaine's first three kids: Ed, Elaine, and Gregg

So the first day my sister went to her student teacher duty at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School was her last day, as she treated her so very mean she cried. After that Carolaine changed her mind completely not to be a teacher, so she took a trip to Germany and stayed in Hamburg, with a very religious following, for about six months, and returned deeply in faith. 

So she decided to go to a missionary education school in Longview, Texas. There she met and married her first husband, Glenn Erickson. Soon they started their family: Edward, Elaine, Gregg, and Grace. We had visits here and there but they lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Reno. So as life happens, we kept close in touch, but with children and all of life’s happenings, we grew too busy to see each other a lot. 

Little Grace joines Ed,  Elaine, a nd Gregg

Little Grace joines Ed, Elaine, and Gregg

We had lots of phone talks and cards but not the same when you can be near and a closer part in each other’s lives. One very special year when our kids were grown she asked me to do Bible study over the phone once a week. She so wanted to help me learn more about our Lord. How awesome is that?! She was so very special in her faith. 

Her children were blessed their whole life with having such a caring, full of faith, mother. I feel strongly that she was the best mother ever, and I will always admire her for that deep love care in faith. I believe all her children are reflections of beauty in the love of the Lord. How awesome. Carolaine was selfless and dedicated to many, friends, relatives and many others; she will be remembered for her loving care by so many.

I miss her still and always will. Until (I pray) someday we meet again in Heaven. Like that puppy followed her years ago, I wish to follow her indeed.

My family adds their love and misses her also as she dearly touched their lives in many years and ways. Her lovely smile will be remembered always.

Carolaine with Grace, Gregg, and Elaine. Carol's first husband Glenn drove this shuttle for a time in Reno.

Carolaine with Grace, Gregg, and Elaine. Carol's first husband Glenn drove this shuttle for a time in Reno.

Our families got together in 1984 in Reno. Carolaine, Ed, Elaine, and Gregg are on the left. Me and my husband Gene and our kids (L-R) Shane, Paul, and Cherish are on the right. 

Our families got together in 1984 in Reno. Carolaine, Ed, Elaine, and Gregg are on the left. Me and my husband Gene and our kids (L-R) Shane, Paul, and Cherish are on the right. 

Front row: Mom on the left of the happy couple. My dad Wallace and Grandma Dorothy on the right. 

Front row: Mom on the left of the happy couple. My dad Wallace and Grandma Dorothy on the right. 

Mom and Carolaine before her marriage to Melvin in 1987.

Mom and Carolaine before her marriage to Melvin in 1987.

Mom was so happy for Carolaine.

Mom was so happy for Carolaine.

Melvin and Carolaine. He is what brought Carolaine to Washington State. :)

Melvin and Carolaine. He is what brought Carolaine to Washington State. :)

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Goodbye for now most special sister



Goodbye for now most special sister



Goodbyes are the hardest things about life. Always moving on.

Life changes, people come and go and seasons never last. Nothing stays the same, finances are ever changing, our health will eventually fail us and through death or decision, everyone we know will someday leave us. All except for Jesus Christ. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. And because of that we have the strength to love with all our hearts -- even unaware of what tomorrow brings. So goodbye dearest Sis. AT PEACE KNOWING YOU ARE NOW WITH YOUR JESUS.

                     Forever Love, your sis

Humbly in Christ, In His love and light,

Linda