Carolyn Frances Purzner, 82, St. Louis, formerly of Washington, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in St. Louis.
Born Aug. 9, 1938, in Washington, Carolyn was the youngest of seven children born to Carl and Elsa (Hartbauer) Purzner. When the family moved to St. Louis, she attended Lutheran High School and graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing with her RN degree, in 1959. She worked at Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis and Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, for many years. She moved back to St. Louis to care for her older siblings due to their health problems.
Carolyn was known for her tact and kindness when working with people and had a strong faith in Christ. She loved to laugh and enjoyed traveling with friends and family. Her favorite trip was to Australia and New Zealand, also traveling to Europe, Alaska and Hawaii.
She had a strong loyalty and concern for her immediate and extended family, and was a "favorite aunt" to 22 nieces and nephews. She was always ready to listen and not judge when they had problems.
Carolyn was a survivor of esophageal cancer and macular degeneration. She developed COVID in November 2020 and passed due to complications from it.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Paul Purzner and wives Juanita and Ann; and five sisters, Dorothy Massmann and husbands Stanley Massmann and Alvin Kappelmann, Lucille Trauth and husband Paul, Ruth Berridge and husband Leeds, Martha Mulcahy and husband Don, and Mary Elizabeth Purzner, in infancy.
She is survived by 18 of 22 nieces and nephews, and 42 great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
In keeping with her sense of commitment to service and medicine and a strong family history of Alzheimer's, Carolyn donated her brain to Alzheimer's research.
A private burial, with family, will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Missourian on Jan. 23, 2021.