Carol Janice Voss

Friday 18th of December 1931 - Sunday 25th of August 2019

Carol Janice Voss

Services

Visitation

Aug 28, 2019 (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Milward-Southland

391 Southland Dr., Lexington, Kentucky

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Funeral Ceremony

Aug 29, 2019 (12:30 PM )

Second Presbyterian Church

460 East Main St., Lexington, KY

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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



Guest Book

Cheryl Dixon Morgan

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Mrs. Voss instilled in me a love of the English language that has remained my constant companion since my high school days at Lafayette in the 1980s. She pushed us to dig into the written word; to really let the words work you. It really changed me and stuck with me throughout college as a journalism major and through law school. Such an impact on so many lives. Rest In Peace.

2 years ago

Rebecca Craig Purdue

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Mrs. Voss inspired me everyday in AP English class. She would call us scholars. Her son Jon delivered my daughter. May God bless her family. What a privilege to have been taught by Carol Voss.

2 years ago

Nathan Reynolds

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I had Ms Voss for Sophomore English, the last year she taught at Lafayette. She was remarkable. It was so much more than an English Lit class. She use to tell us that life was about Love and Knowledge and the basis of knowledge is repetition. She was tough. We had a challenging class from a behavioral standpoint. Many kids didn’t want to be held accountable. She never backed down, not when they yelled at her, not when they stormed out of class, cursed at her, she never quit... and it was bad in the beginning. By the end of the year those same kids who yelled at her in the beginning were crying like babies and hugging her on the last day of school. Her class changed people for the better. She was absolutely beloved. There are a lot of good teachers out there but Ms Voss was in her own class. So sorry to hear of her passing.

2 years ago

Rebecca Harmon

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I remember a handful of my teachers from K-12, and Mrs Voss is among that select group. I read some of the most significant pieces of literature in her class and developed a more critical ability in reading literature of all genres under her tutelage. She was a gift to her students and those gifts continue to be passed on. Vaya con Dios, Mrs Voss ❤️

2 years ago

Amy Reid

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I graduated from Lafayette High in 1987. Mrs. Voss was a formative influence in my teen years. I graduated from UK with a degree in English Literature in 1991 . I’m grateful for her teaching, her provocative questions and her kindness. She truly cared for us as people, mind and spirit and body. Thank you, Mrs. Voss!

2 years ago