Carol A. Govek, 62, Lakeville, Ind., formerly of Willard, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Grand Emerald Assisted Living Facility in South Bend, Ind. A Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet was held at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lakeville, Ind., with a funeral Mass at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 4, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard. Visitation will start at 9 a.m. at the church with a Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Carol was born on Sept. 14, 1954, in Neillsville, to Frank and Margaret (nee Johnson) Govek. Carol grew up in Willard on her parents’ dairy farm where she developed a love for animals and the outdoors. Carol graduated from Greenwood High School in 1972, where she was the first female FFA member and a member of the National Honor Society. Throughout her youth she was a member of Willard 4-H. She enjoyed singing in choir, and played volleyball and softball throughout high school and college at UW-Eau Claire. She also obtained a master’s degree at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She honorably served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. She retired from South Bend Community School Corporation on May 16, 2016, where she taught elementary school. In her youth, Carol was a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard. As an adult she was a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lakeville, Ind., and a member of the People of Praise.
Survivors include her brothers and sister: John Govek of Wausau, Mary Ruth (David) Weytens of Pensacola, Fla., and William J. Govek of Willard; 11 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.
Carol was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank Govek; and a sister-in-law, Jane Govek.
Condolences may be made at www.sjfh.net and www.cuddiefh.com.
St. Joseph Funeral Home of South Bend, Ind. and Cuddie Funeral Home of Greenwood are assisting the family with arrangements.