Carol passed away on October 7, 2023, one day short of her 86th birthday, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Carol was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 8, 1937, to Harold L. and Velma L. Housefield.
Carol was married for 64 years to Gerald R. Linville (Jerry). They were married on March 28, 1959, in Sweeney Chapel on the campus of Butler University.
Family was of central importance to Carol. She stated her best days were when her children were born and she was most proud of being a mother to Dan (Lana), David, Jeff (Jennifer) and Cindy (Tom) Hornak. She actively supported their scholastic efforts and extracurricular activities, including football, basketball, soccer games, piano recitals, and musical performances.
She continued that support with the next generations and enjoyed time spent with grandchildren Emily (Nick) Berger, Cassie (Cole) Clayton, Michael (Payton) Hornak, Alexa Hornak, Matthew Linville, and Sarah (Matt) Monte and great grandchildren, Lincoln, Hazel, Jaxon, and Carter.
Carol graduated from Washington High School in 1955, where she began dating Jerry.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Butler University in 1959, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She also earned her master’s degree from Butler University, while she was raising her children. As a true-blue Butler alumnus, she rarely missed a chance to sing “The Butler War Song”.
Carol had a passion for teaching. She began her teaching career in IPS, before taking time out to raise her children. In 1976 she continued her teaching career in Pike Township, retiring in 2000. Carol valued the friendships with her teaching family, with her many neighbors, with her swimnastics group, with her church family, and with her bridge playing partners.
Carol and her culinary skills were central to bringing the family together, as she prepared countless holiday meals and dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. She enjoyed playing the piano, reading historical fiction, solving The Indy Star crossword puzzle and Jumble, completing jigsaw puzzles with Jerry, finding Today’s Special Value on QVC, and eating chocolate.
The family thanks all the staff of Brownsburg Meadows Assisted and Skilled Nursing facilities and Anew Hospice for their loving care and concern toward Carol and family.
Although there is not a viewing and funeral service, the family is planning a future celebration of life for Carol, where memories can be shared to a life well lived.