Caroline Ann Center

Caroline Ann Center

Caroline
Caroline Ann (Johnson) Center , born Feb. 16, 1935 in Duluth, MN, passed away Feb. 28, 2007 in Torrance, California at age 72 after a 4 year courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Caroline attended Denfeld High in Duluth, MN and was active in the school choir and theatre productions. Upon graduation in 1953, she attended the Univ. of MN - Duluth / St. Luke's School of Nursing, graduating with honors as a R.N. Caroline married her childhood sweetheart and Denfeld classmate Ernie Center in 1956. Caroline had a passion for music, playing both the violin and piano, and was a gifted singer. She was a member of a semi professional singing trio in Duluth, MN before moving to Torrance, CA in 1959. Although at age 32 Rheumatoid Arthritis prevented her from continuing her nursing career and playing her music, she refused to let this debilitating disease keep her from singing her music. Caroline participated in many singing groups over the past 40 years and continued to do so until her passing. Most recently, she sang with "The Good News Choir," performing at churches, hospitals and convalescent homes around the community. Caroline was a devoted wife, selfless mother to her 4 children (as well as many of their friends), loving grandmother to her 9 grandchildren, and a true friend. Her incredible zest for life and faith in God gave her tremendous strength in her fight against ovarian cancer. She is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Margaret Johnson, brother, Ellsworth Johnson, and her loving husband, Ernie Center. She is survived by son Andy (Vicky) of Lake Arrowhead, CA, Christine 16, Michael 14, Julianne 9 and David 5; son Ray of McCall, ID; daughter Kathryn Center Strom (Carey) of Beverly Hills, CA, Danielle 13, Arielle 11, and Jordan 8; son Steve (Susan) of San Diego, CA, Annie 10, and Hayden 6; sister Norell David of Mojave, CA; and brother James Johnson of Duluth. A Memorial "Celebration of Life" service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503. Telephone: (310) 320-9920. In lieu of flowers, Caroline had requested donations be made to: The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite1400, NY, NY 10122; Toll-free:1-800-873-9569 or www.ocrf.org

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Caroline
Caroline Ann (Johnson) Center , born Feb. 16, 1935 in Duluth, MN, passed away Feb. 28, 2007 in Torrance, California at age 72 after a 4 year courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Caroline attended Denfeld High in Duluth, MN and was active in the school choir and theatre productions. Upon graduation in 1953, she attended the Univ. of MN - Duluth / St. Luke's School of Nursing, graduating with honors as a R.N. Caroline married her childhood sweetheart and Denfeld classmate Ernie Center in 1956. Caroline had a passion for music, playing both the violin and piano, and was a gifted singer. She was a member of a semi professional singing trio in Duluth, MN before moving to Torrance, CA in 1959. Although at age 32 Rheumatoid Arthritis prevented her from continuing her nursing career and playing her music, she refused to let this debilitating disease keep her from singing her music. Caroline participated in many singing groups over the past 40 years and continued to do so until her passing. Most recently, she sang with "The Good News Choir," performing at churches, hospitals and convalescent homes around the community. Caroline was a devoted wife, selfless mother to her 4 children (as well as many of their friends), loving grandmother to her 9 grandchildren, and a true friend. Her incredible zest for life and faith in God gave her tremendous strength in her fight against ovarian cancer. She is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Margaret Johnson, brother, Ellsworth Johnson, and her loving husband, Ernie Center. She is survived by son Andy (Vicky) of Lake Arrowhead, CA, Christine 16, Michael 14, Julianne 9 and David 5; son Ray of McCall, ID; daughter Kathryn Center Strom (Carey) of Beverly Hills, CA, Danielle 13, Arielle 11, and Jordan 8; son Steve (Susan) of San Diego, CA, Annie 10, and Hayden 6; sister Norell David of Mojave, CA; and brother James Johnson of Duluth. A Memorial "Celebration of Life" service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503. Telephone: (310) 320-9920. In lieu of flowers, Caroline had requested donations be made to: The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite1400, NY, NY 10122; Toll-free:1-800-873-9569 or www.ocrf.org

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