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Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery

700 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Carol Louise Haak

July 31, 1948September 10, 2020
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Carol Louise Haak, 72, of Indianapolis, Indiana, entered into eternal glory and met her Lord and Savior on September 10, 2020, due to complications caused by ALS.

Carol was given life by her Creator and born to the late Werner and Dorothy (Westphal) Haak, on July 31, 1948, in Berwyn, Illinois. Carol received the gift of Holy Baptism and became a Child of God on August 15, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, La Grange, Illinois. She publicly confessed her faith and was confirmed on June 3, 1962, at St. James Ev. Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Indiana. Carol remained a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. She graduated from Southwestern High School, Lafayette, Indiana, on May 26, 1966. Carol attended St. Paul’s College, Concordia, Missouri, from 1966 to 1968. She then attended Concordia Teacher’s College, Seward, Nebraska, and graduated on May 30, 1970, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English and Theology.

Miss Haak began her teaching career when she accepted a Divine Call to Salem Lutheran School, Farrar, Missouri, in 1970. She continued in the mission field at Lutheran schools in Belvidere, Illinois; Lafayette, Indiana; Hobart, Indiana; and Chicago, Illinois. After more than 40 years of teaching, she retired in 2012 after serving for 13 years as a teacher and librarian at Calvary Lutheran School, Indianapolis, Indiana. Miss Haak was also a part-time librarian for the Indianapolis Public Library for several years.

Carol had a unique wit and thrived on spontaneity. She was an avid reader and history buff; enjoyed playing games; and collected numerous Eeyore and snowman items. Carol loved to travel, go camping, and visit with family and friends. She also lived a life filled with music. Carol participated in choirs while in college and at all of her congregations; directed numerous school musicals; was a member of the Marion County chorus of Melody Makers; and taught herself to play the recorder and recently the psaltery.

Carol is survived by her sisters, Gloria (Elwood) Bredehoeft of Indianapolis, Indiana; Grace (Ronald) Gillespie of West Lafayette, Indiana; and Nancy (John) Maas of Kansas City, Missouri; and her brother, Larry (Sally) Haak of Elizabethtown, Indiana. She is also survived by her step-brother, Steven (Sherry) Burkhardt of Garland, Texas, and step-sister, Susan (Alfred) Borges of Lafayette, Indiana. In addition, Carol is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. She was preceded by her parents and step-mother, Vivian (Wagoner-Burkhardt) Haak.

Visitation will be on Monday, September 14, 2020, beginning at 9:30 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3932 MiCasa Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana. At 11:00 AM, a funeral service will be conducted outside at the church’s pavilion. Please bring a lawn chair, if you are able. There will be plenty of room to social distance, but please bring a mask. Internment will occur after the funeral service at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations be sent in Carol’s honor to Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska (cune.edu); Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (ctsfw.edu); or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, Indiana (stpaulsindy.com).

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 14, 2020

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Susie Swenson

September 14, 2020

Carol's busy life included lots of cheerful assistance to others. Her sister Gloria was a regular volunteer at the school library where I was librarian, and during busy times Carol would come along to help out. She always made me feel like I was doing her the favor, when she was there to help us! In particular, she signed up to help up with book fair twice a year. Sometimes, she and Gloria and I were the only ones working on set up or tear down. We all enjoyed seeing the new book titles, and setting up the displays together. Carol and Gloria made it seem more like a party than work. One year when my son had unexpected surgery, Carol and Gloria even set up the book fair for me in my absence! Even when she became too ill to help with book fair, Carol contacted me to let me know she would be unable to assist, and wish us good luck. I know my story is only one of many where Carol took on a community task or helped out an individual in need with joy. She will be greatly missed.

Rosalie Nevitt

September 13, 2020

I had only meet Carol some 3 1/2 years ago but I wish I had met her long before that for I found her to be kind and considerate as well as having a wealth of musical information that she willingly shared.
She was a lady of no complaints, just smiles and encouragement shown to others. She will be missed.

Elizabeth Sellke

September 12, 2020

I taught with Carol for several years at St. James Lutheran Church in Chicago. She was also my children's teacher. My kids learned so much from Carol. I attribute my son's organizational skills to Carol who was his teacher for 3 years! . At age 36 he is still benefiting from this important skill! Carol touched many lives! She will be missed!

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