She was born December 3, 1923 in her home in Centralia, the daughter of Frank William and Rose Marie (Lolling) Hanseman. She married Donald Caraker on December 5, 1950 at the Zion United Church of Christ in Central City, and he preceded her in death October 9, 1991.
Mrs. Caraker is survived by her daughter DiAnn Caraker of Centralia.
In addition to her husband of 40 years, Mrs. Caraker was preceded in death by her parents, son Judd Caraker, brother Fred Hanseman and special cousin Dorothy (Becker) Lewis.
Mrs. Caraker was a faithful member of the St. Peter United Church of Christ in Centralia, where she served on many committees and boards and a member of the ERM Society within the church. She was a longtime individual patron of the Centralia Cultural Society and an active member of the American Association of University Women. Mrs. Caraker was a 40 year volunteer with the American Red Cross and volunteered over the years with many groups in the Centralia area. She was a career long member of the Illinois and American Nurse’s Associations. As she grew older, she enjoyed taking long car rides and eating out with friends, particularly with her friends from church on Sunday and her weekly Friday group at Java Joe’s Coffee House. She loved all her cats. She liked to read and listen to her music. As it was said by her daughter, “She was very dedicated to her profession and was loved by everyone who knew her.”
Mrs. Caraker attended the Jolliff one-room school for eight years and graduated with the Centralia Township High School’s “Class of 1941.” She then graduated from the Centralia Junior College in 1943. She worked as a secretary at the Fowler Company until she went to nurses training at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., from where she graduated in 1948. In 1975, Mrs. Caraker received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. She was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, during the 1950′s. She then worked as the Clinton County school nurse and later as the Clinton County nurse. She later worked as a nurse for the Central Comprehensive Mental Health Center in Centralia, the Visiting Nurse’s Association and retired from the State of Illinois having worked as a public aid surveyor in the nursing homes in Marion and Jefferson Counties.
Celebration of Life Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, with Pastor Lisa Hart officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Caraker’s memory to the Centralia Cultural Society (Judd Caraker Art Memorial Scholarship Fund) or Charity of Donor’s Choice and will be received by Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.
Online Condolences of Sympathy may be left for Mrs. Caraker’s family at moranfuneralhome.net or on Facebook.