Carolyn Peterson
Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary
116 W First St
Smith Center, KS
SMITH CENTER - Carolyn Sulzer Redinger Peterson, 83, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, Kansas.
Vera Carolyn Sulzer, 7th child of Joseph Arthur and Mamie Esther Turner was born July 11, 1938 at the family home near Cale, Arkansas.
Late in 1938 the family moved to northeast Louisiana and remained there until 1952 when Carolyn and her parents moved to Conway County, Arkansas. Carolyn attended grade school and junior high at Oak Ridge, LA and graduated from Wonderview High School, Conway County, AR.
Carolyn learned to love books and reading at an early age-a love that continued all her life. During her junior-high, Carolyn decided that she would like to be a teacher. Determined to reach that goal, she attended Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene Univ.), even though she had to work more than one job at a time to pay her expenses.
It could be said that Carolyn's teaching career began while she was in high school when she taught a class of younger children in Sunday School. Her Sunday school work continued during her college days and on until later years. At one time or another, Carolyn taught all ages in Sunday school and Bible school, and, she directed the children's church for several years.
Carolyn's professional career began at Agra, KS after graduation from Bethany Nazarene College in 1962 with a major in history. Her first assignment was all subjects for 6th and 7th grades. Year-by-year, her class assignments changed until she was teaching high school history or English duties with the junior high and with some time in the library.
Carolyn and Ted Glen Redinger were married May 30, 1963 at Kensington, KS and continued to live in Agra until 1973 when Carolyn was hired as full-time librarian at the Smith Center Jr-Sr High School. Carolyn continued as librarian until her retirement in 2000. Ted passed away in 1994.
Raised in a home that taught and lived a personal relationship with Christ, Carolyn accepted Christ as her Savior in 1953. However, as a young adult Carolyn did not hold true to her convictions, but, in 1981 she rededicated her life to Christ and in January, 1982 became a member of the Smith Center Nazarene Church.
Psalm 40:1-3a
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.
Carolyn participated in the church in many ways: Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher; children's church director; choir member; special music participant; and as church treasurer.
On April 7, 2001, Carolyn and Donald Lee Peterson were married in Smith Center. Carolyn and Ted had no children, but now Carolyn was given a large and growing family. The Peterson children became very special friends of Carolyn's and she dearly loved them all. As the greatgrandchildren came along, she enjoyed making quilts for each of the little ones.
Carolyn started researching her family history and she discovered she had a Revolutionary War Patriot in Peter David. She was accepted as a member of the DAR on October 9, 2010. She was currently serving as the Regent of the Sarah Steward DAR Chapter.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Jame Alfred; brothers, Travis, Jesse, Howard and Cyrus; sister, Juanita Bethany; a nephew James Albert and two nieces: Barbara Nell Sulzer and Margaret Bethany Rebmann and by her husbands, Ted Redinger and Donald Peterson.
Survivors include her step-children: Tony and wife Coralee; Terry and wife Sally; Connie and husband Bruce Jacobs; Curtis and wife Martha; Brenda McCrary; daughter-in-law, Diane Peterson; sister in law Betty Sulzer of Ollala, WA 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of friends.
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Published by Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary on Nov. 26, 2021.
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