Carol Joyce (Luke) Hollar

November 15, 1943January 3, 2021

Carol Joyce Luke Hollar died peacefully on January 3, 2021, at Trinity Village, Hickory, NC. She was born on November 15, 1943, in Rochester, NY to Dorothy and Robert Luke.

She graduated from Pittsford High School, and studied Elementary Education at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. While there, she met Bill and they were married on August 24, 1963. She has been a faithful and loving wife during the fifty years of his ministry. After raising four children, she worked for Peoples Bank, Rocky Mount, N.C., becoming a branch manager. Later, she worked fifteen years for AT&T in different locations of New Jersey. As a pastor’s wife she often volunteered in churches where Bill served, as Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, organist, pianist, Bible study leader, church choir member, women’s group member, and other activities.

In retirement, she was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Claremont, N.C., where she served on the Altar Guild, Church choir, women’s circle, quilting mission, and made prayer shawls. Carol enjoyed traveling, as she and Bill traveled in five continents and across the U.S. Her hobbies included knitting, Sudoku and other puzzles, and outdoor activities.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Henry Luke.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Pastor William Hollar; daughter, Dawn Weisenberger and son-in-law, Jay of Pineville; sons, David and daughter-in-law Sue of Washington, DC, Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Jackie of Reading, PA, Michael and daughter-in-law Ivanna of Washington, DC; grandchildren, Andrew Weisenberger, Megan Weisenberger, Perri Hollar, Erin Hollar, Ella Hollar, Vasco Hollar, and Justine Hollar; mother, Dorothy Luke of Sodus, NY; brother, Douglas Luke and sister-in-law Gail of Clyde, NY; sister-in-law, Freda Spaulding and husband Roy of Olympia, WA; brother-in-law Robert Hollar of Conover; and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran cemetery. A memorial service for Carol will be held at a future date when it is safe for all.

Condolences may be sent to the Hollar family at

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3216 W. Main St., Claremont, NC 28610, Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658, or Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

The Hollar family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


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Gail Luke

January 16, 2021

I met Carol for the first time at her parents' home in Pittsford during Christmas of 1969. Her brother, Doug, wanted to introduce me to his family. I was very nervous. Carol, bright, bubbly, full of joy, seemed to know that. She welcomed me with her warm smile and sparkling eyes. Carol was a busy Mom who knew how important the small moments and important days are to children. Years later, when I was a Mom, Doug and I visited Carol and Bill during our daughter's birthday. Carol took the time to decorate a doll cake for Melissa. Even though we were away from home, we were in Carol and Bill's home. I will miss my sister-in-law and cherish the times we were together.

Jose Chavez

January 9, 2021

It was a pleasure taking care of this beautiful soul this is one I will never forget.

Elaine E Lada

January 7, 2021

I remember Carol's sense of humor. She enjoyed telling little stories. I enjoyed my time with her when we lived in NJ. My husband and I enjoyed visiting with Carol and Bill at their home in NC. We will miss her greatly.

Gail Carpenter

January 6, 2021

My prayers are with you, Pastor Hollar and family. I am so very sorry. Carol was a true Christian, Wife, Mother, and daughter. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. Prayers of peace for all. 🙏🙏🙏

Dennis Hacker

January 5, 2021

From the guy who hired you to develop a ministry with, by and for seniors in Lincolnton, peace. You gave so much to the people you served and to this Interim Pastor that I must begin by saying thanks again. From those conversations it was obvious how much you and Carol enjoyed your life together. I am sorry that is in the past and do hope good memories fill your days ahead. Peace, Good soul. Denny Hacker

Scott Bollinger

January 5, 2021

Bill, I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s death. I know you shared a full and rewarding life together. She was a fine person who now resides in the loving arms of our God. The same One who holds and comforts you. My prayers are with you and your family. Scott Bollinger