Carol Jean Terwilliger Corsale, 88, died peacefully March 7, 2013, after a long illness.
She lived most of her adult life in Springfield, Ill., and her final years at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, Ore.
She was born in Wauwatosa, Wis., to Frederick and Alma Terwilliger. During her youth, her family lived in Milwaukee, Wis.
She met her future husband, Jim, at a dance on Valentine’s Day hosted by her church. At the time, he was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base.
They were married April 6, 1946, in Milwaukee. They made their first home in Madison, Wis., where her husband pursued his degree at the University of Wisconsin and she worked as a secretary. After his graduation, they moved to Springfield.
She was a life-long member of First Congregational Church in Springfield. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and afterschool tutoring.
At 50 she decided to learn tennis and played into her 70s three to four times a week.
Her greatest pleasures were tending flowers, raising her children, serving her church, celebrating holidays, traveling, reading voraciously, playing tennis, golfing, swimming, rooting for the Chicago Cubs, beach walks, spoiling her grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, James E. Corsale, her children and their spouses, Dr. Mark J. Corsale and Dr. Chuck Heath, Janet C. Corsale and Joanie Thomson, Elizabeth A. Corsale and Peter Dippery; and her three grandchildren, Bree J. Corsale, Emily L. Corsale and Gabe T. Corsale Dippery.
She was preceded in death by her sister Vinette and brother Fred Terwilliger.
She was laid to rest March 12 at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, Ore., after a simple ceremony. Funeral arrangements were by Anderson’s Tribute Center.
To contact Jim, write to him c/o Oregon Veteran’s Home, 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, OR, 97058.
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