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Carol A. Jarnecke, 87

Carol A. Jarnecke, 87, of Woodstock, passed away at her home with her daughter by her side on Dec. 12, 2020.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1933, in Woodstock, where she resided her entire life. She was the middle child of three children born to Albert and Emma Holtfreter.

She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1952. She married Norman Jarnecke on Oct. 21, 1960. They were married for 50 years.

Carol had a variety of jobs while she was raising her family. She worked at Northwood Elementary School, Hornsby’s, Sears, K-Mart, and lastly, The State Bank of Woodstock until her retirement in 1995.

A lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Carol taught Sunday school and served as a leader for Naomi Circle for years. In her spare time, Carol was an avid reader. She enjoyed crafts and was a master when it came to assembling a puzzle. By far, her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her three children, Kevin (Carrie) Jarnecke, Wayne (Beth) Jarnecke, and Sandra Roberts; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Rachel) Jarnecke, Justin (Jennifer Grob) Jarnecke, Joshua Jarnecke, Brittany (Joshua) Laudick, Brigitte (Shaun) Baker, and Amber and Abigail Roberts; six great-grandchildren, Emma, Madelyn, Grace, Clayton, Gabriella, and Ariella as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; sister, Jeanette Wesemann; brother, Richard Holtfreter; brother-in-law, Herman Wesemann; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Holtfreter.

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to have services at this time. A celebration of Carol’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorials in her name can be made to JourneyCare, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010, or Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock. 

For information call the funeral home at 815-338-1710 or see the website at

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