OBITUARY

Carol Leona (Broemmelsiek) O'Loughlin

July 17, 1935October 7, 2020
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age 85, of Indianapolis, passed away October 7, 2020. She was born July 17, 1935 in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late Henry E. and Helen (Nacke) Broemmelsiek. Carol graduated high school at St. Joseph Academy in South Bend, Indiana in 1953. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Marquette University in 1957, her Master of Science in Physics from Purdue University in 1962 and her Ph. D. in Solid State Physics from Tulane University in 1968.

Carol worked for Bendix Corporation in South Bend for 3 years, Boeing Co. in New Orleans for a year and Tulane University for 5 years. She was a Professor at IUPUI for 28 years where she taught physics and electrical engineering.

Passionate about teaching, Carol received The Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award from Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology in 1983 and 1995 and the Outstanding Teaching Award in Electrical Engineering from 1986-1998. She also received U.S. Navy EMPF Recognition in 1994. She was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society) and American Physical Society.

Carol was an active member of Christ the King Parish for 47 years, serving and participating in many capacities. She was an avid woodworker and a master at crossword puzzles. As a devoted mother and caring grandmother, she will be greatly missed.

Carol is survived by her children, Catherine "Kate" (Kevin) O'Connell, Marian (Kevin) Power and Leo (Carrie) O'Loughlin; grandchildren, Erin O'Connell, Anna O'Connell, Mary O'Connell, Cassie Clark, Allison Clark and Mary O'Loughlin; and many nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, John Rice O'Loughlin; her parents and her siblings Gene, Marc and Ray.

A visitation for Carol will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Feeney Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. The Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed and can be accessed at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 15th by visiting Carol's tribute page online at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com or by visiting Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary's Facebook page.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Lynn Jasan

October 15, 2020

To Carol's Family,

Although I didn't know your mom that long I am so glad I did get to know her. She was a delightful lady with a wonderful sense of humor. We always had a nice visit when I was there.

Hopefully all of your wonderful memories will help get you through this very difficult sad time.

My deepest sympathy,
Lynn Jasan

Sr. Mary Luke Jones

October 12, 2020

Dear Kate, Marian and Leo,
Your mom was on the search committee that hired me to be the principal of Christ the King School in 1977. She was a great supporter of CKS and I always appreciated her wit, her wisdom and her pragmatic view. Last November, I enjoyed seeing her again at the Christ the King feast day dinner and catching up on all of you. She was a proud mother and grandmother. I am sorry for your loss and want you to know the part she played in a very happy part of my life, my many years at Christ the King. May she rest in peace and you be comforted with happy memories.

Allison Clark

October 11, 2020

I have always admired and looked up to my grandma. She taught me that I can do anything. That being a woman meant that I was strong, hospitable, intelligent, caring, independent, loving, and the list goes on. She taught me what it means to embrace my feminine genius: that I can be receptive and nurturing, as well as a bold intellectual at the same time. She was the matriarch of the O'Loughlin Clan, who raised strong beautiful women who in turn raised more strong and beautiful women.

You can read the first paragraph of her obituary and see how she was not a normal grandma. No, she was a grandma that helped me with my AP Calc homework, she was the mom that my mom called when the computer broke down, she was the grandma who I would watch woodworking shows with in the mornings instead of cartoons.

When I think about the joy I have in learning and the pursuit of knowledge I think about her and the way she shaped our family to be that way. To always be learning to always to discovering something new. Education is a privilege and has so much value in it.

Even though her death was a shock this week, I know that she lived a long, happy, and loved-filled life. Grandma, you will be greatly missed. I love you so much. Give Mamma Mary a big hug for me.

Love,
Ally

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The family at Gethsemani

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Carol with all her brothers: Ray, Gene and Marc

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December 12, 1940

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Carol with all her brothers: Ray, Gene and Marc

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December 12, 1940

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Carol and Marian

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Carol, Kate and Marian

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Carol and Leo

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