Longtime Newberry resident, Carol Jene Carmody, 97, died Sunday morning April 12, 2020 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.
Born November 12, 1922 in Cheboygan Michigan, daughter of the late Carl and Garnet (Thomas) Hagstrom, Carol was a 1939 graduate of Cheboygan High School. Carol married her lifelong partner Earl Lee Carmody on December 24, 1946. She moved to Newberry in 1954 with her husband and family.
Carol served in the Newberry community as a Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of the Newberry United Methodist Church and volunteered during the summer at Michigamme Methodist Institute for many years. Carol and Earl wintered in Thonotosassa Florida for over twenty years and attended the Thonotosassa United Methodist Church. Later in life, Carol volunteered with the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in route to Florida each year.
Carol worked at the Newberry State Hospital to provide music to residents in the school system. After graduating from Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University she was employed as an Elementary Teacher at Pentland Township School and later at the Newberry Elementary School. Carol enjoyed square dancing, camping throughout Northern Michigan, painting, playing the piano, an endless number of craft projects, and playing cards with family and friends. She enjoyed all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Carmody (January 27, 2015); grandchild, Benn Angell; sister, Joan Ushman; and brothers, Kenneth, Charles, Donald, and Carl Hagstrom.
Survivors include children Robert (Sandy) of Newberry, David (Pam) of Newberry, Susan (Stephen) Soltys of Kincheloe, and Gary (Kathy) of Niantic, Connecticut; Grandchildren Lauri Smithson, Angie Eastman, Kara Dumus, Maegan Deneau, David Carmody, Tony Carmody, Jennifer Woodruff, Lori Severance, Melanie Middleton, Douglas Soltys, Patrick Soltys, Samantha Severance, Amie Angell, and Leslie Fraser; 25 great- grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Carol will take place during the summer. Memorials may be directed to the Newberry United Methodist Church in her memory.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.