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Carol Shirley Slonaker

February 4, 1929September 9, 2020

Carol Shirley Slonaker, age 91, of Waterford, passed away Wednesday September 9, 2020. Carol was a twin with her brother Richard born to Herman and Adelaide (Bruning) Vogt on February 4, 1929, in Detroit. She graduated from Berkley High School, class of 1947. She first married Hod Denham and later was married to Herbert Slonaker in 1955. She served as a secretary for Wixom Elementary School for nearly 35 years. Carol was always moving, doing something. She loved water color painting, big band music, and keeping a well-organized home. Carol is survived by her children Gary Denham, Ron Denham, Jill (Gary) Burney, and William Slonaker; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Vivienne Hildreth; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; and brother Richard Vogt. Because of the Covid pandemic, no services will be held at this time. Carol’s family will hold a memorial up north at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Carol’s honor to The American Cancer Society online at


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Sarah Havers

September 16, 2020

I will always remember the sweet sound of Grandma Carol’s voice. The way I always felt welcomed into her home and arms. The way she would excitedly yell “come in” when we would arrive. She was always smiling and had an amazing laugh that made anyone grin from ear to ear. She made the infamous “ipswitch flip” egg and toast breakfast, the potato leek soup she was a master at. And many more meals that have made me treasure the ritual of family meal times. I remember so well when she would babysit us she would love to brush our hair and watch “the days of our lives” on TV. We would play with the rotary phone and listen to her giggle at our amusement. I loved the way she made water color painting seem so simple and I treasure the pieces she has given me over the years. I love my memories of building snow forts and up north relaxing in Beaulah with Grandma. The way her home was always so clean and organized and the beds made like they do at hotels! I still remember the story Grandpa Herb would tell of her loosing control of the golf cart, pressing too hard on the gas and flying over a ditch, laughing the whole time. I loved to hear her hum her favorite songs. I love to trace her hand written notes and I still wish my handwriting looked like her swoopy perfect cursive that was always full of care. I’m so thankful she was able to meet my daughter Chelsea. There will never be anyone like Grandma Carol. I’m thankful for all of the memories and miss her more than I can ever describe.

Carol Starr

September 13, 2020

Carol was always smiling,.. always helpful, and perfect at her job.
I first met her at Wixom Elementary arriving a bit early for my first grade job interview. Knowing I was nervous and anxious to do well, she put me at ease with her kindness and laughter. .. I did get the job and I returned the following week with a huge bouquet of flowers for her as a thank you.

While working with her as our school secretary, Carol was so neat, and so organized, and could handle and multitask like no other.
She was kind and courteous to students and staff no matter what they requested of her. She always let her smile shine and brightened our day! She was a gem,.. and we stayed in contact for many years after she retired. I know she will be greatly missed by all. ❤️

Jill Burney

September 12, 2020

My Dear Mom,

For a very special lady, thank you for being my mom. I have so many good memories of growing up with Bill in Union Lake. Memories of all the happy family vacations we went on with Dad; up north to Bear Lake, Cedar Point, and our amazing train trip.

Gary and I have such wonderful memories of Dad and you hosting our beautiful wedding and reception, and so many other good times. We love you very much, and will forever miss you. All our love, Jill and Gary

Lindsay Knieper

September 11, 2020

Yes, she was "always moving, doing something" and loved "keeping a well-organized home"! I am proud to have inherited those traits from her. I will always remember her sweet voice, her "oh dear"s, delicious homemade meals, and her beautiful handwritten letters and paintings. Grandma Carol, you are so loved and missed already!


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