ELGIN – Carol Jean (Borchers) Chamberlain, 80, passed away on Feb. 10, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Ill.
Carol was predeceased by her loving husband, Eugene; parents, Glenn and Mildred Borchers; and brother, Jerry.
Carol will always be held in the grateful, loving memories of her children, Patricia (Robert), Timothy, Douglas (Donna), Kathleen (Darren), Colleen, James and Sean (Lisa); and grandchildren, Nicole, Tanya and Giselle Bruskewitz, Jeffrey Chamberlain, Kathryn and Ryan Chamberlain, Cory and Paige Butler, Courtney Vondran, Sabrina Chamberlain, Isabel, Helen and Dominic Chamberlain.
Carol was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Aurora. She graduated from Hinckley High School with top honors. Carol came from a hard-working farm family, so soon after graduation, she moved to the "big city," Hampshire, Ill., and began her working career as an office manager in a local lumber company.
She soon met and fell in love with a young plumber, Eugene, who she married on June 14, 1952. They eventually relocated to Elgin where they lived the remainder of their lives. Carol and Gene enjoyed a lifelong relationship raising seven children, loving and enjoying their grandchildren.
Carol loved fishing and spending annual family vacations up at the lake. She worked a variety of jobs, including a bus driver and valet parking attendant at the Grand Victoria Casino, volunteering generously, and offering sage advice whenever it was needed. Carol was a talented poet, musician, teacher, homemaker, mother and grandmother – she loved life and was always willing to help out anyone in need.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 272 Division St., Elgin. Burial will be private at St. Charles Borromeo Church Cemetery, Hampshire. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the family.
For information, call 847-742-2100 or to leave condolences, memories and cherished stories, visit www.LairdFamilyFuneralServices.com.