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
Carol Voss was an amazing lady! She demanded my best effort in the classroom and also in life. As my teacher, she improved my writing and helped me understand and evaluate literature more deeply. Seeing how " concrete examples of man's inhumanity to man" played out in many of the books we read gave me a solid foundation to recognize it throughout my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the "Zorro" antics and "Voss the Boss" moniker as her playful and fun-loving nature emerged many days. That smile and twinkle in her eye allowed me to see deep into her loving heart and realize how much she really cared for and valued her students. I remember how her face would light up when Harwin would visit her classroom unexpectedly bearing gifts or food. We maintained our friendship long after graduation, with occasional visits, phone calls, lunch dates and exchange of Christmas cards every year for many years. In one of her trips out west, she even stopped to visit me when I lived in New Mexico! Much gratitude and appreciation to her family for sharing her with all of us. Let us celebrate a life well lived and many lives changed for the better. Lynn (Moore) Hill Lafayette Class of 1980
Richard Goehring and Marysays
We remember Aunt Carol for the world traveler she was. We remember her showing us her room where she displayed her many souvenirs while she told us stories of her adventures. She was curious about what kind of books we read and we were so grateful she spent a night at our home when her and Dirk took a "walk about"--well ride about--and visited her northern relatives. We also admired her discipline of physical fitness and how she power walked well into her 70's. She lived a long a productive life and the world is better for her contributions.
Mrs. Voss was irreplaceable as THE AP English teacher! We only needed enough time in her class to have the love of Liturature instilled in our hearts n minds forever. Such a blessing she was to EVERYONE! God bless her soul. Very sorry for this family loss. Take comfort knowing how much she influenced generations! Sheree Hood class 1977
Mrs. Voss was one of my favorite teachers! She was a tough teacher but she wanted you to succeed. My class was so upset when she went on sabbatical with her husband second semester. Class was never the same. You know a teacher makes an impression when you remember her thirty years later and you only had her for one semester!
Marcia Weeks Woodyardsays
Mrs. Voss was one of the very best teachers I have ever kown. I still tell stories of her class and recall books we read in her class. She held us to high expectations and we strove to reach that potential. She was devoted to her students and once we got through the tough class rules, we fell in love with Mrs. Voss. Yes, I was one who took part on the Zorro Antics- only because we loved her so much! She taught us to love the classics, see the relevance in our own lives and to find the richness in the words which apply to life situations. You will be greatly missed . . thanks for your passion and sharing your love with us. Prayers for the family. Rest now in the Arms of Our Lord. Well done, good and faithful servant. Marcia (Class of '79)
Amanda McAllister Cantrellsays
Mrs. Voss was one of my all time favorites. Hard on you when you needed it, and gentle like a mom when that was what you needed. I had her for 2 classes & loved them both! She called me on my nonsense and made me a better high school teacher! I still use her examples from 1991 with my kiddos in class today, including that teenagers have not changed...only the times have. Much love to her family, Mrs. Voss was amazing!