Cherry Blossoms
Official Obituary of

Carol (Claudin) Carter

February 16, 1938 ~ March 23, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Carol Carter Obituary

Carol Anne (Claudin) Carter

Carol Carter passed away at home in Granger, Ind. on March 23, 2024.

Carol was the daughter of Bert and Ruth (Donovan) Claudin, born in Champaign on February 16, 1938. She met Russell Carter before graduating from Central High School and they were married on October 9, 1954. As a Marine bride they lived in several states having five daughters. They returned to Champaign and later lived in White Heath to raise their family.

In 1975 they purchased her family’s business Claudin Welding Supply, founded in 1921 by her father. At that time Carol joined the American Businesswomen’s Association, holding several offices, and working on fund raising for women’s scholarships. They operated the business until their retirement in 2003.

Carol took pride in raising her daughters, participating in their activities, gardening, and preserving food for the family, sewing clothing and costumes, and volunteering when she was needed. Carol most enjoyed spending time with family and traveling by yacht or RV around the country with her husband and friends. She was known as the girl with the golden voice. Carol was a charter member of the YMCA in Champaign where she enjoyed aquatics. She would quickly finish reading a book that caught her interest. She never knew a stranger and loved birds and animals.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Michael Claudin and two sons in law, Dave Hohlfelder and Chris Szakaly.

Surviving are her daughters, Suzanne McCabe of Champaign, Ruth Szakaly of Granger Ind., Kathy (Charlie) Dillavou of Champaign, Lynda (Scott) Clark of Milton, Wis., and June Hohlfelder (Eric Bradford) of Mahomet; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.

A visitation will be at Owens Funeral Home on Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 and the funeral at noon. A reunion of family and friends will be at Hays Rec Center, in Eisner Park from 1-5, in Champaign. A Celebration of Life will be in Granger, Ind., on May 5 from 2-4.

Per Carol’s request, in lieu of flowers consider a contribution in her name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516, or your local Animal Humane shelter.

Carol will be remembered for her love, generosity, and beautiful smile.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carol (Claudin) Carter, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Carol (Claudin) Carter?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Carol's memory.


April 13, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Owens Funeral Home
101 North Elm Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Funeral Service
April 13, 2024

12:00 PM
Owens Funeral Home
101 North Elm Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Gathering of Family and Friends
April 13, 2024

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eisner Park-Hays Rec Center
1311 W. Church
Champaign, IL 61821

Celebration of Life
May 4, 2024

2:00 PM
Guaranteed delivery before the Celebration of Life begins


Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

Champaign County Humane Society
1911 E. Main Street, Urbana IL 61802


© 2024 Owens Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility