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CARMEN MARIA DUMLER


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CARMEN MARIA DUMLER Obituary
Carmen Maria Dumler (born Carmen Maria Lozano y Quijano) passed away (Age 93) March 29, 2015, Hoffman Estates from Alzheimer's. Born on September 18, 1921 in Puerto Rico, she grew up in Rio Piedras with her parents Abuelo Ceferino and Abuelita Numancia (Quijano-Negron) Lozano, and siblings Hoover, Jose Gabriel and Lydia. Carmen enjoyed a carefree life in the country, the oldest of four children. Horseback riding, a flirt with hang gliding, she was always on the go, curious and energetic. She was active in the Girl Scouts of America and was elected the "Queen" of the Girl Scouts in her teens. Her experience hang gliding led to her career in nursing. She longed to be a pilot. There was no formal training for women pilots. But, a stewardess was taught to fly in case of pilot illness in-flight. A stewardess was required to be an RN, so Mom joined a nursing school. When she graduated in 1943 from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in San Juan her direction changed in support of her country. She became the first WWII registered nurse to join the U.S. Army from Puerto Rico, serving in the Women's Army Corps. She was stationed in San Juan, Camp Tortuguero near Vega Baja later at Ft. Read, Trinidad in the British West Indies. While attending wounded soldiers returning from Normandy, her interest in mental health science was awakened causing her to change her direction of study later from Pre-Med to Psychology. She was awarded and decorated with the WAC Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and Army Good Conduct Medal. She met her husband, Joseph Edward Dumler, a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, during her tour of duty at Ft. Read. After a brief courtship, they married at the base chapel in a beautiful military wedding. She was discharged and moved with her new husband, who was still active, to West Palm Beach, Florida, effectually prolonging their honeymoon for a year before moving to Baltimore, Maryland to resume civilian life. Hoping to continue her education in medicine, she enrolled as a part-time student at the University of Maryland but had to put her studies on hold to welcome her first child. Over the course of 18 years, Carmen gave birth to 7 beautiful children. She learned Russian, played Canasta and amused her friends and colleagues with stories about her daily life in the US due to cultural differences and language misunderstandings. She continued her nursing career working part time when the children were small, returning full time when the last one entered school. She and her family lived in Baltimore Maryland, Noblesville Indiana and Hoffman Estates Illinois, all the while continuing her education. While some of her own children were in college, she continued her studies at Roosevelt University, later receiving her degree in Psychology from Northeastern University. After receiving her Certificate Diploma in Substance Abuse Counseling, she continued to work at St. Alexius Hospital (now Alexian Brothers Medical Center) in Elk Grove Village until her retirement in 1985. She and her husband, Joe, then settled in Florida to enjoy travelling and visits from their children and grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic, generous and wise, kind, gentle, adventurous, charming, funny and intelligent. Also nurturing, exotic and cheerful, she was a passionate gardener and an avid letter-writer. She had numerous friends, colleagues and acquaintances who she kept in contact with until Alzheimer's took away the ability to communicate with those around her. Our Mother, wife and friend will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Edward Dumler and sister, Lydia (Lozano y Quijano) Rivera. (7) Children: Diana (Dumler) Sullivan, Becky (Dumler) Wenzel, Karen (Dumler) Balinski (husband Mark), Lisa (Dumler) Horlebein (husband Oliver), Mark Dumler (wife Andrea), Brian Dumler (wife Gayle), Chris Dumler (wife Julia). (11) Grandchildren: Seth Wenzel 36 (and wife Liz), Annie Wenzel 33 (and husband Austin Leach), Mark Balinski Jr. 31, Jennifer Sullivan 29, Kathryn Margaret Balinski 28, Laura Elyse Balinski 26, Matthew Joseph Balinski 24, Alex Savoy 25, Andrew 24, Karyn Savoy 19, Matt Savoy 18. (6) Great-grandchildren: Cole Wenzel 9, Cade Wenzel 7, Clayton Wenzel 10 mos. Madisyn Sullivan 7, Kingen Sullivan 3, Jaxx Sullivan 7 mos. She is remembered by our Aunt Betty (Dumler) Griffith and many cousins in the Baltimore MD area, as well as countless friends. The service at St. Hubert's Church is Friday, April 24, 2015 (visitation) 9am, (Mass) 10:00AM. Donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's organization www.alz.org in the name of Carmen Dumler. Send acknowledgement to: Mark Dumler, 252 Windsor Ct., Unit A, South Elgin, IL 60177. The interment will be in September 2015. Carmen had no regrets and in now safe in God's hands.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Apr. 22, 2015
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