Carol Ann Bolander, 45, of Genoa, Ill., passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 19, 1966, in Sycamore, the daughter of Fred and Darlene (Frantum) Swanson. On Sept. 17, 1988, she married her best friend and the love of her life, Glenn Bolander.
Carol's true joys in her life were her loving husband, Glenn, and her wonderful boys, Justin and Josh. Carol's spirit brought people together with her embracing smile, her positive attitude and overwhelming love and kindness to all those she met.
Carol was passionate about her work in real estate and serving her community. Along with that passion came the love she had for the farming community, and she was never afraid to get her hands dirty. She lived life to the fullest and was always willing to try anything. With that came her love to travel, whether it be a warm or cold destination.
The family invites anyone to bring a special photo of Carol to the services with their name and a special memory of her written on the back as a future remembrance for her family.
Carol is survived by her loving father, Fred; beloved husband, Glenn; cherished sons, Justin and Josh; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene and sister, Karen.
A memorial visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at United Methodist Church of Sycamore, 160 Johnson Ave. The memorial service for Carol will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the church with the Rev. Bill Landis officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Carol Ann Bolander Memorial Fund in care of Fredrick Funeral Home, P.O. Box 445, Hampshire, IL 60140, for future local student scholarships.
The Fredrick Funeral Home is assisting the family. For information, call 847-683-2711.