Carrol Lynn Sliwa

April 14, 1945December 3, 2018

Carrol L. Sliwa, 73, of Blue Grass, IA passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Quad City Animal Welfare Center.

Carrol was born on April 14, 1945 to Alfred and Agnes (Franzen) Schultz in Chicago, IL. She was united in marriage in 1967 to Wayne Sliwa in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Steinmatz High School in 1963. In 1966 she earned a nursing degree from Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital and in 1988 a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis in Joliet. Since 1966 she worked as a nurse for many places before working at the Rock Island County Health Department-Family Planning for 20 years, retiring in 2009. After her retirement she volunteered at the Quad City Animal Welfare Shelter where she found her beloved dogs: Belle, Jake and granddog, Tank. She had 12 dogs over the years and was known as the “dog whisperer”.

Carrol will be remembered for her sense of humor. She was very funny, loved to laugh and make others laugh. She loved her family dearly and was the ultimate grandma, spoiling all her grandchildren. She was a strong feminist and belonged to many women’s organizations.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Wayne; children: Peter Sliwa of Minooka, IL, David (Heather) Sliwa of Draper, UT and Piper (Jason) Gucfa of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren: Kierstin, Kendra, Kassidy, Aidan, Grace, Devon and Brooklyn; great grandson, Nathan; and best friends, Jan Heibult, Kris Bedard and Amanda Rodell.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Maria Lynn, her parents and brother, Ron.


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Wendy Hirschenberger

December 10, 2018

I am very sorry to hear of Carol's death. I worked with Carol at the Health Department for 6 years...her sense of humor was wonderful and I told her she could do stand up comedy when she retired. She was a great nurse and cared for clients. My sincere condolences to her family.
Wendy Hirschenberger (Trute), Traverse City, MI

Laura Fraembs

December 5, 2018

Wayne -- Our hearts go out to you, Belle and Jake. Carrol will be greatly missed at dog club. Laura Fraembs and Kurt Allemeier (and Francis and Gracie)

Kathleen Trader

December 5, 2018

Wayne , Peter, David, Piper and grandchildren I know she'll be missed by all of you. She was one of those people you felt lucky to have had in your life.
Carrol & I worked together on an OB unit while our husbands were in graduate school. We had children together; went on a wonderful camping trip to Yellowstone that will be remembered forever. We visited over the years at different place we lived. This past year we have been writing each other trying to remember some of the crazy things we did. Neither one of us could remember it all but we helped each other. It's that little step back in time that lets you know how important those memories are in making us the people we are. Carrol took me on my first shopping trip to Chicago during the holidays, we went on the train & had a wonderful time. My children remember times spent with the Sliwa family. They are unforgetable. Thanks for sharing her. Love you all.

Helen Cline

December 5, 2018

Wayne and family, my deepest sympathy to each of you. The world has lost a great one! Carrol made working at the health department a joy. No one will ever forget that smile or laugh. She was a pure delight. Just know she is up there playing with the girls, especially Xena. Hugs

Judy Sheehan

December 5, 2018

My deepest sympathy of the loss of your wife, Carrol. May loved ones give you comfort during this difficult time. Thoughts are with you & your family.
Judy S.

Lonna Moeller

December 5, 2018

Sliwa Family - I send my deepest sympathy. I got to know Carrol while working for Wayne back in the 80's. Her sense of humor and laugh was something hard to forget. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Jeff Maurus

December 5, 2018

My sympathy to all the family. I have many good memories of working with Carrol in the good old days at the Rock Island County Health Department Family Planning Clinic. RIP Carrol.

Carol Danek

December 3, 2018

I enjoyed working with Carrol at the RICHD. We became good friends when we got together to form the HD Union. We attended many, many meetings and bargaining sessions together. Her great sense of humor got us through the often tense and difficult times. I will never forget her! RIP, Carrol.

Rita Wildman

December 3, 2018

I worked with Carrol at the Health Dept. We had a lot of fun. Wishing to express my condolences to her family. Such sad news!!!! Rita Wildman