STERLING – Carol Marian Full Koehler, 82, of Sterling, passed away peacefully Friday, March 9, 2018, surrounded by her family.
Carol was born Aug. 25, 1935, to Jacob and Thelka (Dinges) Full in Sublette. She married Jack D. Koehler on July 13, 1957, at St. Patrick Church in Amboy. They are the parents of Kimberly (Robert) Freitag of Elgin, Trish Joyce (Thomas Senneff) of Sterling, and Kristopher Koehler of Chaska, Minnesota; and the grandparents of Caroline Freitag (Rafael Bras) of Evanston.
Carol was a graduate of Amboy High School, and received training as a certified X-ray technician at Presence Saint Joseph’s Hospital – Chicago. She worked in the X-ray department at the Sterling Clinic for several years before attending Sauk Valley Community College, and earning an associate degree in nursing in 1970. She served as a registered nurse at Polo Nursing Home, Community General Hospital, and KSB Hospital. Carol also trained area EMTs in critical care skills. She was instrumental in the creation of Caring Friends, a program which provides monetary assistance to KSB Hospital employees. She retired from the medical profession after more than 30 years of devoted service.
Carol is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, and her children and granddaughter; along with her siblings, Roland (Jane) Full, Lois Full, James Full, Michelyn (Robert) Masini, Janet Full, Thomas Full, and Steven (Judy) Full.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Mary Jean Baroncini, Leon Full, Donald Full, Michael Full, and Catherine Full.
A faithful Catholic woman, Carol frequently attended weekday Mass and served as a lector and choir member at Sacred Heart Parish. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, and the Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Paul White at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Sterling. Burial services at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling will follow immediately after Mass. A funeral luncheon will be held in the parish hall. McDonald Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Newman Central Catholic High School and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.