Oct. 19, 2010
Audrey Carol Schirman, 76, was taken home by her Lord on Oct. 19, 2010. She was born in Hettick, Ill, to James and Velma Sutton Canaevit. Carol graduated from Lewistown (Ill.) High School following her grade school education at Mount Pleasant, a one-room rural school.
Carol enrolled in the nursing program at St. Francis School of Nursing in Peoria, Ill., and was awarded her R.N. degree in 1955. She accepted employment at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis., and advance to delivery room supervisor. She met her future husband, Roland, at church in 1959, and they were married in a ceremony there in 1962. Roland's employment took them to Fresno, Calif., Pullman, Wash., and finally to Dayton, in 1980.
Throughout her life Carol served the people around her. The skill of perception of a person's needs and the ability to then respond in a positive way were demonstrated daily. In addition to providing for her family as cook, seamstress, chauffeur, crisis counselor and many other roles she was actively involved in her church and community. Several notable roles include teaching youth Sunday and bible school classes, befriending international students and helping them master Americian cooking and culture and assisting in 4-H and other youth activities. She also served as an EMT for the local ambulance service, helped found and organize the local Christian Women's Club while also being an active member of organizations such as PEO, Elizabeth Forrest Day and Columbia County Cowbelles.
A series of strokes beginning in 2002 placed increasing limitations on her abilities, finally necessitating residency in Booker Rest Home in 2009.
Carol is survived by her husband, Roland; children Steve (Donna) Schirman of Littleton, Colo., Susan (Shayne) Ganz of San Diego, Calif., Jane (Ed) Korver of York, Pa.; sisters, Esther Allen, of Springfield, Ill., and Sandy (Jim) Nunes, of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren, Jack and Ellen Korver. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Virginia.
An 11 a.m. memorial service will be held Nov. 6, 2010, at the Dayton United Methodist Church (Third and Clay). In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Columbia County Hospital Foundation fund, Dayton Young Life or a charity of the donor's choice.
Her presence will be missed but her trademark smile will long be remembered.