Carole Marion Luttjohann July 7, 1918 - June 18, 2012. Carole was born in 1918 in rural Wisconsin to Ilene and Harold Henneman. In her 93 years, she lived many different lives, most of them unimaginable to a child growing up during the Depression. Her family lost their home and all of their belongings once to a fire and once to unmanageable debt.
Carole left home as a teen in order to support herself and her family. She continued her education and began a career in nursing that led to stints as a private nurse who worked in Illinois and Florida.
While working in Florida, Carole met her first husband, Harry McCarthy, who was working as a golf pro. This led to a life of travel and work in support of his golf career. She worked in golf resorts, hotels and driving ranges in Vermont, Florida and California. Together they had a daughter, Carmen.
In 1954 her marriage ended and Carole returned to nursing and settled into the role of a single mother in Long Beach, Calif. In 1961, she married Johnny Luttjohann. After their son Jim was born, Carole quit nursing and devoted her time to being a stay at home Mom and partner in managing Johnny's business interests, which included ownership of laundromats, apartment buildings, a drug store, a cherry orchard and partnerships in a machine shop and auto body shop.
During this time, she started taking art lessons. After the family purchased a home in Big Bear in 1968, her art career took hold, leading to roles as president of the art association in Big Bear, gallery manager, gallery owner, artist agent and as an award winning painter of landscapes. This led to many
art-related trips around the United States. She and Johnny also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Canada and Europe. Johnny developed cancer and passed away in 1985 with Carole having resumed the role of nurse for most of his care. After Johnny's death, Carole moved to Palm Desert where she could devote more time to her favorite pastimes golf and painting. She traveled to Russia, Scandinavia and Spain.
Throughout her life she was a gifted creator of delicious meals, sewer of clothes, maker of drapes, quilts and curtains, capable gardener, and always a hard worker. Never afraid to do it herself, she built fences, shoveled snow, mowed lawns, insulated attics, laid carpet, sewed drapes, upholstered furniture and lovingly cared for her many pets. Perhaps most important, she never stopped growing and evolving in her interests and understanding. She was born a conservative and died a liberal, she was born poor and died a self sufficient, successful and charitable person who lived by the Golden Rule. Carole was truly representative of the greatest generation and she will be forever missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter Carmen Burns and son in-law Chuck Burns, grandson Scott Burns, son Jim Luttjohann and his partner Steve Eddy, stepdaughter Roberta Davies, step-grandson Kent Davies, sister Ollie and brother Jerry and over 20 nieces and nephews.
Carole was laid to rest at Forest Lawn, Cypress Calif.
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