Carol Janice Voss
Friday 18th of December 1931 - Sunday 25th of August 2019
Carol Janice Voss, 87, passed away on Aug. 25, 2019. She was born to the late Dewey and Ida Goehring in Milwaukee, WI on Dec. 18, 1931. She was the beloved wife of Harwin L. Voss for 37 years. She graduated from Custer High School in Milwaukee as Valedictorian in 1950; North Central College, Naperville, IL, in 1954; and received her Master’s in English from San Diego State in 1965. She retired from teaching at Lafayette High School in Lexington in 1993.
Perhaps one of Carol's greatest gifts was her precious way of touching the hearts and souls of people with her caring and love. Always generous, she spread joy and laughter to everyone in her life. She was a devoted Christian and was a role model for her faith, showing kindness and love to all. Carol shared her love of learning, travel, and chocolate with all those around her. She dedicated her life to helping others and sharing her love of English literature and language. Always the educator, she helped edit her husband’s books and children’s papers. Once her children were in school, she taught English Literature for 20 years. “Voss the Boss” developed a special rapport with her students and continued to help many with their writing after her retirement.
There are many people
she loved as family. After the loss of
her beloved husband, Harwin, she was blessed with a precious gift, her friend,
Jewell Owsley. They shared a special bond, showing everyone a great example of
the true meaning of love and friendship.
Survivors include four children, Dirk Voss, Jon (Sherry) Voss, M.D., Greg (Kim) Voss, and Lynn (Matthew Stein) Voss; her sister, Pearl Klinger; 7 grandchildren, Jordan, Logan, Samantha, Ashley, and Trevor Voss and Max and Liam VosWilliams; and 2 great-grandchildren, Hudson and Camille Voss. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harwin; her brother, Willard Goehring; and her sister, Elaine Springhetti.
Funeral will be Thurs., Aug. 29, 2019, 12:30 PM, Second Presbyterian Church with interment following at the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 5-8 PM, Milward-Southland. Carol’s family would like to thank the staff at Highgrove Memory Care and Northpoint for caring for her in her last year of life. Memorial contributions may be made to North Central College, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60540. www.milwardfuneral.com
A. Margaret McMillensays
Will always remember her belief in me and encouragement to express myself through writing. I continue sharing the skills she taught me with my own students. An awesome educator and a caring devoted person.
It is with deep gratitude that I express my sympathy for the world’s loss of Mrs. Voss. I will never forget her pedagogical prowess, her funny stories, or her unique way of encouraging young people to seek their own truth and to use writing and literature as bedrocks for living an ethical, compassionate, and thoughtful life. I am a middle-school English teacher and have always shared my Mrs. Voss stories with my students. I carry her in my heart and wish I could inspire my students the way she inspired me. She was an amazingly talented educator and an admirable person. I am forever grateful for her influence on my life. Thank you, Mrs. Voss.
Kerry Voss Smithsays
Aunt Carol was such a lovely woman. I will never forget her smile and infectious laugh. My deepest condolences to Dirk, Jon, Greg, and Lynn and family.
Jon, Sherry and family, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Please accept my most sincere sympathy. I hope all your wonderful memories will help sustain you through this difficult time. Much love. Carol Thompson
Mrs. Voss was an amazing educator. I credit her for teaching me how to write. I went on to write textbooks and numerous published papers as a professor. Lafayette, and her many students, were blessed to have had her.
Christine Lang Steitzsays
Mrs Voss made a tremendous impression on me as my AP English teacher...what a tremendous educator and a fabulous human being! I am grateful to have been influenced by her love of literature, inspired by her demand for personal excellence and encouraged by her genuine interest in my personal growth as a young adult. My condolences to her friends and family...