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In Memoriam

Carol A. Josephson (Mykietka)

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12/03/15 08:08 AM #1    

Arthur C. West

During our last reunion I had the pleasure and opportunity to re-connect with Carol and meet Jerry. I had not seen her since our 25th reunion.  She looked great and as always the soft spoken, kind, and caring person that she was.  We had a great conversation and shared our remeberances of our days at LT.  I will always remem

ber how kind she was to me when I was on crutches for eight weeks.  We always got an early out of class and she carried my books from our math class in the gym building through the tunnel to the third floor so I could make my English 4C class.  She was one of the warmest and kindest women I knew at LT.  I am glad I got to see her last year and so sad to hear of her passing.  All the best to Jerry and their family.  


Arthur West

12/03/15 07:27 PM #2    

Nancy L. Bitzer (Sturgeon)

Carol A. Mykietka

Carol A. Mykietka, age 69 of Glen Ellyn, passed away suddenly after a recently diagnosed illness on Friday, November 27th at Central DuPage Hospital. Born July 1, 1946 in Chicago, to the late Margaret and Alvin Josephson, she was raised in LaGrange and later graduated from Lyons Township High School. She met her beloved husband and best friend Jerry on a blind date, arranged by a good friend. Carol and Jerry were married in 1968 at Grace Lutheran Church in LaGrange. The couple moved to Glen Ellyn shortly thereafter. Together, they started Village Green Lawn and Tree Care in 1980 and were business partners for 28 years, Jerry affectionately referred to her as “the Boss” and he, “her Worker.” Prior to forming their business she was an interior designer with her mother. Carol was a tireless volunteer for the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club during local, international and world events and belt exams in which her adored and devoted son, Brian was a competitor. Throughout the years karate was a family activity that allowed much time spent together. Since the age of 10, Carol and Jerry accompanied Brian as they often traveled out of the country for events, enjoying his multiple victories. Forty years ago, Carol and Jerry fell in love with Door County, Wisconsin—especially Fish Creek and the Peninsula State Park area. After Brian came along the three of them spent many autumns enjoying the fall colors and the quiet moments of winter while walking in the woods. In contrast to her love of the Northwoods she loved the sun drenched beaches of Southern Florida when they traveled frequently to Ft. Myers or Ft. Lauderdale, as well as Disney World, Laguna Beach, CA and Charleston, SC. In addition to travel and family Carol enjoyed working in her garden, tending to her flowers that she so loved. Carol was truly blessed with the joy of contentment that the simple things in life offer. Carol is survived by her husband Jerome and son Brian and daughter in law Lindsay. And, was the dear sister of Paul (Colleen) Josephson, Janet (Pat) Lehrman and Marjorie (Bill) Adams, fond daughter in law of Mary and John Hrynyszyn and aunt of many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation Friday, December 4th, at Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn. From 3:00 – 9:00 pm with prayer service and remembrances at 7:00 pm. Funeral Service Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 AM at the funeral home, following visitation from 9:00 am until the time of service. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. For further information please call (630) 469-0032.

12/03/15 07:29 PM #3    

Nancy L. Bitzer (Sturgeon)

That's Jane Jacobi Kline with Carol in the photo above. They were at the 50th reunion. 

12/04/15 05:18 PM #4    

Pamela A. Nelson (Koprowski)

I remember Carol when I entered Cossitt School. We both had a piano background and we both played on stage at Cossitt School for some Rogers and Hammerstein songs that were sung by the choir. We had many good times together, primarily with our music friendship but also with our mutual company. It is so sad to say farewell to our classmates. I can't believe that we are of the "fragile age" to have to say farewell to our classmates. I didn't know that this generation was really included!!!!! :)

12/05/15 09:39 PM #5    

Sandra L. Vail (Lovell)


Went to Carol's service today. Got to talk a lot to her husband, Jerry, and her son, Brian and told them about the comments from classmates about Carol that I got on FB. Was told about the cancer she was diagnosed with about 4 months before she died. Doctors couldn't find out the type of cancer, but it was all over her body. She didn't have chemo or radiation because of the illnesses she had during those 4 months.  Her son, brother, and daughter-in-law's mother had many wonderful things to say about Carol. Much was also said about her connections with the Corral!  Sharon Strauss Sparks and her husband introduced Carol and Jerry. Carol and Sharon were in each other's weddings.  Here is a picture of Carol, Sharon, and I that Sharon gave me of when we went to Lake Geneva in the summer with friends before our senior year.


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