Carolyn Rose Schurr
December 15, 1937 – November 8, 2020
Age 82 of Minneapolis, died peacefully on November 8th, of complications from a recent stroke and advancing Parkinson’s.
Carolyn was born December 15, 1937 to Willie and Rose Schurr. She grew up as a farm girl in Eustis, NE. After missing a year of high school due to polio, and graduating from a class of six, she received a BA in Elementary Ed. from Kearney State Teacher’s College and later earned her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Ohio State. Despite facing challenges including polio, scarlet fever, malaria, cancer, and finally Parkinson’sCarolyn fought to maintain her health while focusing her life on serving others near and far.
Between 1959 and 1985, Carolyn served four different stretches in New Guinea and then Papua New Guinea, as a teacher on behalf of the Lutheran Church’s Global Mission unit. She also served abroad in Nepal, Namibia, Nigeria, Slovakia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. In between posts, she traveled the world with her partner June Prange, and others, to many parts of Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia/New Zealand.
In later years back in the U.S., Carolyn volunteered at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, St. Martin’s Table, Nonviolence Peace Force, Global Health Ministries, Center for Global Education at Augsburg College, Holden Village retreat center, Outward Bound, and participated in other short-term volunteer programs through the Lutheran Church, including literacy work in Arizona and hurricane Hugo relief in the Virgin Islands. As part of a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, she walked 1000 miles, some of it with Jimmy Carter, from Georgia to Kansas City in 1986.
Carolyn was a born teacher. She had an inquisitive, adventurous spirit, a joyous nature, a sparkle in her eye, a keen sense of humor and infectious laugh. She was a hiker, camper, biker, walker, birder, woodcarver, photographer, and amateur repairer of things needing fixing. She continued to change the oil in her car until she was 77 years old.
Her life is especially celebrated by her long-time partner June Prange of Mpls, and her brother LaRaye Schurr (Sylvia) of Eustis, NE, and sisters Kathy Muniz (Vince) of Omaha, NE, and Mary Bakke (Bruce) of Garfield, AR. She was a much beloved member of the ecumenical Community of St. Martin in the Seward neighborhood of Mpls, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Mpls.
A Zoom-based memorial service is being planned for Dec. 5th. If you would like details, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information once the time and Zoom link is set.
Memorial gifts in Carolyn’s name may be made to either: ELCA Hunger Appeal, or to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Mpls) Justice Fund, or to 350.org. (Published in the Star Tribune on November 15, 2020)