Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 9, 2014

Carol A. O'Harra

TRAVERSE CITY — Carol Ann O’Harra, 74, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Traverse City. Carol was born July 18, 1939, in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of John C. O’Harra Jr. and Betty Ludington O’Harra.

She graduated from Burris High School, Muncie, Ind., and DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

Afterward, Carol taught school in Indianapolis and Boulder, Colo. She was a cherished member of the sisterhood of Kappa Kappa Gamma, was a past member of the Fort Wayne Junior League, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Old Mission Women’s Club of Traverse City.

To sum Carol up here is impossible, as she was larger than life.

As a daughter, mother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend to all, Carol shared the loving wisdom of her positive nature and generous spirit. She made us all better, helping us when we were hurting or needing to talk. “Live in today and don’t go too far ahead,” was her motto. She recalled the past to her children and spoke of future dreams as well. Above all, Carol was a happy, forgiving person and is affectionately remembered by her friends and family as compassionate and loving.

She was an avid reader, a lover of music and enjoyed living in her home along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan’s West Bay on Old Mission Peninsula.

She will be remembered for her wisdom and generous spirit cultivated from her own life experiences. Those close to her often sought out her guidance, encouragement and strength. We will always carry with us her sense of humor, the infamous “Carolisms,” her infectious laugh and her passion for life. She was a beautiful woman, even feature-published in the Ladies Home Journal in 1973.

Her husband, Jim Suelzer, amazed her with his unique wit, humor and outlook on reality.

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