Carol Ann McKendree

NEWTON - Carol Ann (Petrlak) McKendree, 65, of Newton, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Morristown Medical Center after a short illness.

Born in Newton, over the years Carol lived in Franklin, Sparta, Morristown, Branchville; Bradenton and Ellenton, Fla.; and West Jordan, Utah, before settling in at Liberty Towers in Newton where she made many dear friends.

Carol Ann attended Kings College in Briarcliff, N.Y., and nursing school in Florida where she became a registered nurse. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Nyack College. Carol was a registered nurse for 30 years and retired 10 years ago. Carol Ann worked as a registered nurse at Morristown Memorial Hospital, St. Clare's Hospital in Dover, the Homestead, Bristol Glen, and ended her nursing career at Newton Memorial Hospital.

Carol Ann was vice president of the Tenants Association at Liberty Towers, an active member of the auxiliary and volunteered in the gift shop at St. Clare's Hospital in Dover. In retirement, Carol Ann continued to garden. She loved flowers, especially daffodils; her cat, Adaline; and all her good friends. She will be missed by many.

The daughter of Herman A. and the late Edith (Strait) Petrlak, Carol Ann also was predeceased by her husband, Charles I. McKendree; aunt, Edna Strait Drake; and grandmother, Irene Strait. She is survived by her half-brother, Lawrence H. Petrlak, of Washington, Utah, and her half-sister, Lisa M. Petrlak, of Apache Junction, Ariz.

A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at North Hardyston Cemetery, 3312 Route 94, Hardyston Township.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-4600

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 17, 2014