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Carol Jane Terlep

April 24, 1932 — August 19, 2023



Carol Jane Terlep, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by her beloved family at home on August 19, 2023. 

Born in Mokena, Illinois, to her parents, Ella (nee Yunker) and William Krohn on April 24, 1932.  Married for almost 70 years to her most loved and loving husband Martin (Marty) Terlep.  Living in New Lenox and Cherry Hill almost all her life.  Lifelong fan of all sports teams Marty supported.  

Survived by her beloved husband and loving family, who her life revolved around, daughters Nancy (David) Bartels, grandchildren Scott (Lara Seelhoefer) Bartels, Stacy, and Kelly Bartels; Karen Terlep (Thomas Lachajewski); Jeanne Kaye Bishop, grandchildren Michael Jr., Megan, and Nicholas Bishop; Lori (Fred) Werner, grandson Alex Werner; precious great-granddaughter Emma Bartels; and  Michael Bishop Sr. Also survived by her brother Wade Krohn (Evelyn deceased); brother Dale Krohn (Delores); sister-in-law Doris Krohn (brother, Glen Krohn deceased); brother-in-law Richard (Barbara) Terlep; sister-in-law Minette (brother-in-law, William deceased) Terlep and special nieces and nephews.   Also, wonderful friends and neighbors.  

Preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Gene (Helen) Krohn, brother-in-law Edward (Gloria) Terlep, special nephew, Kerry Terlep and niece, Kitty Krohn.

Graduated from Haven Grade School in New Lenox and graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1950. Worked as a secretary for H. B. Marxer in Chicago, raised her family, then ultimately retiring from Joliet Township High Schools, working in the Principal and Superintendent’s offices at Joliet Central. She was Vice President and Secretary of Marty Terlep and Associates Inc. She was called “Chief” affectionately by her husband.  She took care of everything, from minor maintenance repairs, shopping, lawn cutting, gardening, doctoring, cooking, baking, (her fabulous rhubarb custard pie), finances, listening, teaching, and solving problems, all to keep the family running smoothly.  She loved having family gatherings where she wanted to prepare, cook, and bake everything “As long as I am able to do it…”  She volunteered her time for every organization her husband was involved with, typing, mailing, and doing paperwork, as “it all takes time”.  Truly gifted with administrative functions, even fixing the printer and most likely typewriters. She volunteered for the New Lenox PTO as BBQ Mom, coordinated the Cherry Hill Homeowners Association activities and Annual Garage Sales; and baked for numerous bake sales. She bowled in the New Lenox Women’s League, where she made lifelong friends.  She is survived by her loving family, who will be forever grateful for everything she did for them.  She will be missed beyond measure, but her legacy will carry on in her family, especially her grandchildren, with recipes and traditions.  May all the love she gave to her husband and family sustain them.

Funeral from the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, Saturday August 26, 20232, 9:30 a.m. to St. Joseph Catholic Church for Mass of Chrisitan burial at 10:00 a.m.   Interment will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lightways Hospice or charities of your choice.  Visitation will be held Friday 4-8 p.m.



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Friday, August 25, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Blackburn, Giegerich, Sonntag Funeral Home

1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435

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Saturday, August 26, 2023

10:00 - 10:45 am (Central time)

St. Joseph Catholic Church

416 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432

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