Elaine (Schoessow) Carr

August 4, 1923September 2, 2020

Elaine (Schoessow) Carr passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; and a cherished friend to many. Elaine was born on August 4, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Oscar and Adele Schoessow. She graduated from Milwaukee-Downer College in 1946 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She held her first OT position at a sanitarium in Evansville, Indiana, before moving on to a Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Marion, Indiana. After marrying her husband Louis in 1948, she became a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. They were married for 67 years, until his passing in 2015. For the past few years, she has lived in suburban Detroit to be close to family.

Elaine’s life and giving heart were reflections of her Christian values. She was a tireless volunteer – much of it through her decades of involvement with the Dorcas Circle at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria. Among many other activities with that group over the years, she made countless quilts for Lutheran World Relief, and knitted numerous winter caps for Lutheran Social Services to distribute to children. She also participated in the Redeemer Lutheran Church Braille Ministry. Her German potato salad was legendary at Redeemer potlucks. At home when she wasn’t quilting, sewing, knitting, or weaving, she loved to read, cook, and bake. She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching Cubs games. She and husband Lou were world travelers.

Elaine’s family was the light of her life. She is survived by four children: Cynthia of New York City, Joanne (David) Brown of Detroit, Paul (Jeanne) of Chicago, and Christine of Denver. She has four grandchildren: Ben (Clare) Brown, Marissa (James) Bruin, Isabelle Carr, and Jeremy Carr. She has twin great-grandsons, Jonah and Isaac Brown, and a great-granddaughter, Adelynn Chloe Brown.

She was pre-deceased by her brother Richard (Dick) Schoessow.

A visitation will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, September 8 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6801 N Allen Road in Peoria, followed by a service at 11AM. The burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dorcas Circle of Redeemer Lutheran Church to support seminary students.

Davison-Fulton Woosley-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

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Lijo Antony

September 8, 2020

Thank you for allowing us to take care of you. You will be missed Elaine. RIP

Julia Mack

September 5, 2020

Elaine was an inspiration to me as a representative of LWR sewers. As a young mom she encouraged me to join the group, which I attended all the years I was a member of Redeemer. She worked tirelessly to make sure we had the optimal number of quilts ready for delivery each October LWR collection date. To this day I continue to sew quilts for charity, almost daily. Elaine instilled that in me. She was soft spoken and kind; a more gentle heart could not be found. Prayers to the family.
Julia Mack
Summerfield, FL

Michelle Chisnell

September 4, 2020

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of taking care of your mother/grandmother at Oaktree. I enjoyed watching the Cubs and reminiscing about our family in Illinois. She was a remarkable woman. I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you and celebrating her big birthday here too. May you cherish all those memories. Love and prayers to all of you, Michelle

Phyllis & Terry Fondriest

September 4, 2020

Condolences, yes, Elaine is leaving many memories with us.
It was sad to see her in a place other then home.
Sunday morning in church she was always good about letting you know, all was good.
God calls when he knows we must come to him.


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