Carol B. Dasse
1929 - 2021
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Dasse, Carol B. 6/16/1929 - 4/24/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan Carol B. Dasse, 91, of Hillside Terrace in Ann Arbor, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Kristen, by her side on April 24, 2021, at University of Michigan Hospital. Carol was born 'Carol Rose Braatz' on June 16, 1929, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Ilma and Oscar Braatz. After graduating from high school, Carol attended Milwaukee State Teachers College for one year before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Carol graduated from Wisconsin in 1953 and began her career as a medical technologist. It was at Calvary Lutheran Chapel in Madison that Carol met and later married fellow U-W student Merlyn Dasse. The couple lived in various cities in Wisconsin, but fell in love with Ann Arbor when Merle pursued his Master's degree at the University of Michigan. They settled there and started a family in 1958. Carol worked at Parke Davis/Warner Lambert as a medical writer, where she also gave tours. After retirement, Carol remained very active, traveling with Merle, swimming with the Dawn Ducks group at Mack School Pool, participating in a German speaking class, playing in bridge groups, and visiting children and grandchildren in Texas and Iowa. She also volunteered in many ways consistent with her medical and scientific interests: at the University of Michigan Hospital in surgical admissions; with the U-M Medical School serving as a simulated patient for med students and as a genuine homebound patient receiving home visits from med students; with the U-M College of Pharmacy as a patient receiving home visits from pharmacy students; and by participating in numerous research studies at Parke Davis/Warner Lambert and University Hospital. In her last act of service to medicine and science, Carol has donated her body to the Michigan Medical School Anatomical Donation Program to aid in the education of students. Cremation and interment will occur at a future date. Carol was a devoted member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and program chair for its Second Fifties group for many years. After Merle's death in 1999, Carol continued with most of these pursuits and, until moving to Hillside Terrace, she was a familiar walker in her Hollywood Park Subdivision neighborhood on Ann Arbor's west side. At Hillside Terrace she walked the halls as long as she could, reading nameplates on other residents' doors and memorizing them so she could properly greet each one! Carol's many passions included her Missouri Synod Lutheran faith and German heritage, science and research, classical music, cooking and baking, and her beloved Wisconsin Badgers. In her younger years she enjoyed a dry gin martini on the rocks with a twist – but just one! Carol was innately curious and a lifelong learner. Carol (aka "the Graminator") loved her family dearly, but was not afraid of sharing her opinions with them and others. Among her least favorite things: people slurping from water bottles, computers, cell phones, and, Heaven forbid, facial hair on men (son-in-law and grandsons, notwithstanding). Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Dasse; brother, Donald Braatz; and sisters and husbands, Ethel and Carl Otte and Jean and Duane Kuehl, as well as Merle's sisters and husbands, Evelyn and Frank Vlasak and Ethel and Don Henke. She is survived by her four children, Kristen (Geoff) Larcom, Craig Dasse, Katie/Katelyn Dasse (Essy Tirgardoun) and Matthew (Kathy) Dasse; grandchildren, Guy (Lisa) Larcom, William (Audra) Larcom, Roya Tirgardoun, Benjamin Tirgardoun, and Galena Dasse; plus great granddaughter Helen Larcom. She is also survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Audrey Braatz, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carol's memory can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church (, the Bethesda Foundation for Children (, the International Crane Foundation (, or your favorite charity.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Apr. 28 to May 2, 2021.
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April 30, 2021
Carol was a lovely, lovely lady. Kristen, Craig, Katie and Matthew, be comforted that she lived a long and good life.
May she rest in peace and may you be consoled.
Marcia Swenson
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