November 13, 1921-November 28, 2019
Carol Iwohn, 98, of Columbus, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Emerald Care and Rehab in Columbus.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at Gass Haney Funeral Home. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials are to be directed to Grace Episcopal Church or the Platte County Historical Society.
Carol Jean Iwohn was born Nov. 13, 1921, in Columbus, to Louis and Lorena (Prieb) Marohn. She attended Columbus elementary schools and graduated from Kramer High School in 1939. Carol then attended Wayne State Teachers College and earned her teaching certificate.
Carol taught school in Clatonia from 1941–1943. While living in Clatonia, Carol met Keith Iwohn and the two were united in marriage on June 5, 1943, in Gainsville, Texas. They had one daughter, Mary Jean. After Keith's honorable discharge from the United States Army, the family moved back to Beatrice in 1946. In 1949, the family moved to Columbus.
After being a homemaker and doing volunteer work for many years, Carol returned to the work force, becoming the first activities director at the Columbus Manor. In 1971, Carol began working at Mid-East Nebraska Mental Health Clinic, Inc. as coordinator, becoming the director in 1976. She retired from this position in 1989, remaining as a consultant for a short time.
Her volunteerism earned her numerous awards such as one for service in the Occupational Therapy Department at Norfolk Regional Center (1968), nomination by Governor Norbert Tiemann for the Lane Bryant National Volunteer Award (1969), Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award (1970), Certificate of Appreciation from Region IV Mental Health Services District (1984), Outstanding Service Award from Columbus Senior Citizens Center (1985), Honorary member of the Mental Health Association of Nebraska (1986), Friends of Rainbow Center Award (1987), Soroptimist Women of Distinction (1988).
Carol was active in Grace Episcopal Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, Bible school director, president of church women, member of altar guild and a lay reader.
Carol is survived by daughter, Mary Jean May of Silver City, Iowa; granddaughter, Sandra Williams of Clarinda, Iowa; grandson, Mike (Janella) May of Silver City; great-grandchildren: Bradley Williams of Clarinda, Jeff (Ashley) Williams of Springfield, Missouri, Alyssa (Shawn Wiser) May of Malvern, Iowa and Hallee May of Silver City; great-great-grandchildren: Easton, Isaiah, Gabriella, Maverick, and one on the way.
Carol was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Lorena Marohn; husband, Keith Iwohn; son-in-law, Jack May; sister, Mary Ann (Dean) Cowles.