Garry Ralph HAMACHER
Garry Ralph HAMACHER
Carolyn Marcia Rosenbaum was born on April 2, 1937 in
Kalamazoo, MI at Borgess Hospital. She was named after her two
grandmothers, Carolyn Stern Rosenbaum and Matilda Christensen Wieland.
Carolyn attended Kingswood School Cranbrook (highschool) from
1952-1955. Here Carolyn enjoyed ceramics and excelled as ping pong
champion of her class. Carolyn attended the University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor)from 1955-1959. She was a member of the Alpha-Omicron Pi
sorority. During the summers, she worked for Dr. Keith Bennett as a
receptionest and assistant. In 1959, she graduated from school and
moved to Chicago, IL (Oak Park) where she taught English at Westleyden
Highschool in Franklin Park.
In 1959, Carolyn met Wayne T. Jessop at the wedding of mutual
friends. They were married on July 1, 1960 in Kensley Chaptal in
Kalamazoo, MI. In March, 1962, they moved from Chicago to Kalamazoo,
MI. Three children were born to them in Kalamazoo: Michael Wayne(May
27, 1962), Laura Lynn (April 7, 1964), and Anne Marie (June 20, 1966).
The family moved to Valparaiso, IN in 1968 where Wayne worked
at Valparaiso University and Carolyn was a home maker. They resided
at 556 Gene Lane, Valparaiso, IN 46383. In December, 1971, Carolyn
set out to get a divorce, which became final in February, 1972. After
the divorce, Carolyn worked as a secretary for Coca-Cola Foods
Division. In 1974, Carolyn married Garry Ralph Hamacher, who had no
children. The couple did not have any more children.
In 1981/1982, Carolyn returned to college. She obtained an
Alcoholism Science degree and began working for Porter Stark Services
as an outpatient counselor. She counseled both groups and individuals
and loved her work.
In 1980, Carolyn had surgery to remove a malignant tumor which
had ruptured her colon. She was cancer free for more than five years.
Then her three pack a day cigarette habit caught up with her when she
developed lung cancer. She courageously fought lung cancer on/off for
approximately six years before succumbing to the disease. Carolyn
died in the Valparaiso Hospital on January 7, 1993, five days after
returning home from a two week trip to Sarasota, Florida for an
extended family reunion. She was cremated.
Carolyn is remembered for her love of humanity and her
terrific sense of humor. She was well loved and respected by those
who knew her. She was an inspiration to everyone as she courageously
fought the cancer that eventually killed her. Her doctors said there
was no physical reason for her to be alive during the last six months
of her life--she was living on pure will power.
Carolyn was survied by her husband and three children--her
seven grandchildren (two of whom were in the womb at the time of her
death)-- her parents Sylan "Mike" Rosenbaum and Edna Mae Wieland
Rosenbaum--and her brother, Edwin S. "Butch" Rosenbaum and his family.