Carol Ann Altenberg (1923 - 2007)

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Bright day, scent of lilacs, colorful carnations. Wearing her favorite pajamas and listening to beautiful music, Mom passed away quietly and peacefully at home on Earth Day, April 22, 2007.

She had a long and wonderful life. Carol was married to Donald G. Altenberg for 55 years and they had three lovely daughters, Kathy, Linda and Sandy. They have three thoughtful grandsons, Craig, Garrett, and John Don.

Carol was born at the time of the greatest generation and she lived her life deserving of that distinction. She was raised in the river town of Red Wing, Minnesota. Her mother, Ruth, was a milliner and her father, Louis, a candy maker. Ruth and Louis were strong people seeing the family through the Great Depression.

Carol contracted polio as a baby and growing up her mother encouraged strength and resilience. Overcoming many obstacles, the family fled a very harsh winter by train to Southern California. During World War II, Carol worked long hours in the shipyards.

Living just next door, unbeknownst to her, were her future in-laws. After serving in China for three years with the Army Air Corps, Donald returned home to Long Beach and married Carol.

Mom was a tireless wife and mother and dedicated herself to managing a shipshape home. She listened, gave support, and inspired us by tales of her family's early hardships. Her great gift was her fabulous memory. She could remember the special personal facts about everyone she knew and encountered.

Carol leaves for us a legacy of courage, will, and perseverance. Thank you to all of Carol's wonderful friends and neighbors whose support has been invaluable. Enormous thanks to the medical team who oversaw her care.

Donations may be made in Carol's name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA. To share memories of Carol, please sign the online guest register at
Funeral Home
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street  Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-3311
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 2, 2007