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Carol Powers Blomquist


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Carol Powers Blomquist Obituary
Blomquist, Carol Powers, 90, of Lake Forest, IL, died peacefully on June 29, 2018 in Topsfield, MA. Wife of the late Edwin R. Blomquist (1919-2008), she was born January 1, 1928 in Chicago, the daughter of the late James and Kathryn Powers. Carol attended Rosary College in River Forest, IL, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor of arts degree, with a focus on Library Science. She worked as Assistant Librarian for the Chicago Bar Association until 1950. She married Ed Blomquist in December 1950, and they moved to Lake Forest in 1962. They maintained a summer home in Bennington, VT for many years. She held many volunteer responsibilities over the years, including serving as a trustee of Lake Forest Library; on the Women's Boards of the Field Museum, Lake Forest College and Northwestern University; as Conservation Chair of the Lake Forest Garden Club; and as the Chair of the Program Committee of the Contemporary Club of Chicago. She helped to set up a new Library Research Center at Lake Forest Country Day School in the 1970s. Carol and her family were members of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest since 1967, where she served on the Altar Guild, and the Flower and "Music in the Nave" Committees, as well as singing in the choir. Carol loved her family and friends, her church, gardening, decorating, entertaining, and travel. Carol was was preceded in death by her brothers Edward and James Powers. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Edwin R. Blomquist, Jr. and Belinda Recio, of South Hamilton, MA, and her daughter Amy Buckley and grandchildren Lydia, Caroline and Elliot Buckley, as well as great-grandson Phineas Dunleavy, of North Bennington, VT. She is also survived by her brother, Kenneth Powers, of Castle Rock, CO, and sister-in-law Mary Powers, of Sugar Grove, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the fall at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045 (for date, check the Church website after September 1, 2018: https://chslf.nm-secure.com/obituaries-funerals). In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the Altar Flower Fund at the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from July 11 to July 19, 2018
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