Marycarol Fabian Pretorius died on June 24th, 2021. She was born December 23, 1932, to Arthur and Miriam (Heestand) Fabian at North Manchester, Indiana. She married Walter F. Pretorius, Junior on June 12, 1954.
Marycarol graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 1950 and attended Wittenberg College for two years. She transferred to the Ohio State University where she met her husband. She graduated with a major in business; her first job was as a social worker in the Columbus Tuberculosis Hospital. After working as a high school librarian for many years in the Dayton Public Schools, she liked the challenge of further studies and went nights to Wright State University for a Master’s in education. She enjoyed being a mother, appreciated her job as a school librarian-which she did for 30 years, and was grateful for other teaching opportunities in Sunday School and small groups. Her faith in Jesus Christ was the central focus of her life, sustained her throughout her life, and brought her peace and joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 1967, her daughter Sharon in 1973, and her son Brian in 2007. She is survived by her children Douglas (Carol) Pretorius, Richard (Debbie) Pretorius, Marybeth (Gary) Haneline, David (Janet) Pretorius, and daughter-in-love Diana (Jim) Pretorius Smith. She is also survived by her siblings John (Ruth) Fabian, Arlene Harder, and Arthur (Louise) Fabian, Junior. She is survived by 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, West Carrollton.
The calling hours will be at Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429 from 4-7 pm, Monday, June 28th. The funeral will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 410 East Pease Avenue, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449 on Tuesday, June 29th at 10:30 am. Pastor Phil Hohulin will officiate. Please check our website for the date and time of the inurnment at Dover Park, Dover, Ohio, which will be several days after the funeral.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Graceworks Lutheran Services or Grace Lutheran Church.
The funeral will be livestreamed on YouTube under the name of “Grace Lutheran, West Carrollton, Ohio.”