Carol Anne Stoub - age: 85
(July 24, 1934 to January 17, 2020
LaGrange Park, Illinois
Carol’s life will be celebrated during a Memorial Service at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 8 at Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5250 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL 60558, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Presbyterian Church of Western Springs.
Headline: The improbable life of a girl from West Texas
Carol Anne Kellogg Stoub, treasured friend, business owner and world traveler, passed away peacefully in her home in La Grange, IL on January 17, 2020. She was 85.
In her 2005 autobiography, The Labyrinth of Life, Carol reflected that the labyrinth was designed by God; it begins in one place and ends in another. The curves and turns of Carol’s particular journey brought her a deep understanding about life, its wonders and troubles, and empathy for God’s people all over the world, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs.
Her labyrinth began in July 1934 in Wildorado, Texas, the second child of Clement Clarence Kellogg and Lois Evelyn McCormick Kellogg. The family lived in several places in West Texas, surviving the Dust Bowl, before settling in Amarillo.
When Carol was 9 years old, she was bitten by a mosquito carrying the polio virus, and caught the crippling disease. She traveled to Denver – alone – for treatment. This experience taught Carol resilience and problem-solving skills that she carried with her for the rest of her life.
After high school, Carol earned a scholarship to Lindenwood College, a highly respected Presbyterian Women’s college in St. Charles, Missouri. Carol was inspired by her strong, feminist teachers who taught her to believe in herself and that she could achieve accomplishments beyond her expectations.
She spent her junior year abroad at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, the foremost academic institution in the Middle East. While there, she expanded her world view immensely, visiting countries throughout the Middle East and Europe, including Libya, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom and more.
It was during this year abroad that Carol met her first husband and the father of her children, Konrad John Kaltenbach, a student from Macalester College.
Konrad’s call to McCormick Theological Seminary brought the young family to Chicago, where they welcomed the birth of their son, Konrad J. Kaltenbach, Jr. They moved to Sturgis, MI, for Konrad’s Youth Pastor call, where their daughter, Lois Evelyn Kaltenbach, was born. After several moves through the Midwest, they settled in La Grange, IL, in 1967.
Two years later, Carol and Konrad divorced, and Carol went to work at the Penn Central Railroad to support her family, and later to Head Start.
The following year, Carol married Clarence (“Clar”) Stoub. They honeymooned for five weeks on safari in Africa, and also visited France, Greece, Portugal and Spain. Over the years, they continued to travel extensively, with trips to Russia, Scotland, the Caribbean and Mexico. The family lived in Western Springs until Clar’s death in 1984.
At that time, Carol left her job at Head Start to become president of Clar’s construction company, Triad Form Erectors. As a Women’s Business Enterprise, Carol expanded the business significantly, and was recognized with the Woman in Construction Award in 1988.
She managed the business until its sale in 1989, and then returned to her job as a Family Service Coordinator at Head Start. During her 15 years there, she helped more than 1,500 families in the western suburbs.
Once she retired, Carol continued to travel. She was fortunate to take the Orient Express from Beijing to Moscow in 2001. She also loved spending summers in Lakewood Club, MI, at her daughter’s vacation home, creating a wonderful community of friends there.
Carol’s involvement in the community extended to volunteer roles at nearly two dozen organizations, and she was passionate about building connections. One of her mantras was that everyone can do something to help make our world a better place. In 2012, in response to the 9/11 attack, she founded the Interfaith Book Group, a group of women from different faiths who would meet regularly to read and discuss a wide variety of literature. The group continues to this day.
Carol had a keen eye for treasures and she displayed them elegantly in her home. Friends and family will remember her gracious hospitality, expert conversational and correspondence skills, and love of a wee dram of scotch.
Carol is survived by her children, Konrad (Lea) Kaltenbach of Dallas, TX, and Lois (Greg) Basil of Chicago, IL; her grandchildren Konrad (fiancé Megan O’Brien) Kaltenbach III, Kristina (Jimmy) Peck, Hannah (Caleb) Basil Bryant and Hope Basil; and her great granddaughter Emma Peck. Additional survivors include stepchildren Betty Stoub (Mark Tollick) and Mark (Jane) Stoub; step-grandchildren Heather (Edward) Coco and Jennifer (Brandon) Utah; and many nieces and nephews. Carol is predeceased by her spouse Clarence Stoub;, parents, Clement and Lois Kellogg, and brother Walter Kellogg.