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Obituary: Carol Ann Harrington

May 5, 1946 ~ May 3, 2024

Carol was born and raised in the South Shore Area of Chicago, a short walk away from Rainbow Beach and near to many of her cousins. She met Keyran at a Memorial Day Beach Party in 1962 on that beach, and this began a relationship that lasted through the high school homecomings, proms and other dances, on through college years and their marriage in 1969. She taught at St. Columbia School before the birth of her daughters and relocation to Park Forest. She then resumed her teaching career and also became the director of Crete Preschool Cooperative when the girls went to school. The summer home across from Peninsula State Park allowed her to spend her summers near the water again from 1991 until the present day. She also worked many years for the Jensens at Country Oak, Sister Bay Trading and Casual Living. Picnics by the water and exploring the many areas of the Park with Keyran provided much enjoyment for her during these years. The summer home became a permanent residence in 2002 and Carol was able to enjoy all that Door County has to offer for the rest of her life. In 2017, Carol experienced a third severe bout with pneumonia that left her with pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease and a prognosis of 1-3 years from the pulmonary specialist. He was very surprised to see her four years later as she continued to battle the disease through the pandemic. On oxygen 24-7, the battle continued, eventually she started in-home hospice in March, until May 3, 2024 when she died in the arms of her boyfriend of 62 years, husband of 54 1/2 years, and caregiver for the last few of years. She was still able to put a smile on her face until the end, despite the pain. She was thought of as a member of the Harrington Family long before the marriage, her husband’s younger siblings not remembering him without her.

She is survived by her heart broken husband, Keyra; her daughters, Angela (Eric) Funk of Armington Illinois, and Heather (Tony) Estrada of Tinley Park, Illinois; grandsons, Liam and Graham Estrada; brother-in law, Bryan (Sandy) Harrington; sisters-in-law, Mary Therese Selfridge (special friend Feri Bosch), Peggy (Brian) Marz, and Joan (Gerry) Lauer; and many nieces and nephews. She kept in close touch until now with many old friends from Chicagoland and many new friends from Door County, as well as her daughters and grandsons who were all kind enough to spend hours talking to her on the phone, writing, and emailing to entertain her when she could no longer go out. Finally, she hopes to be reunited with the dogs of her lifetime—Scruffy, Ernie, Tucker, Nick and Ben.

A private burial service with the immediate family will be held at a later date in Blossomberg Cemetery, located in Peninsula State Park where she spent so much time.

Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Harrington family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Carol may be shared with her family through her tribute page at huehnsfuneralhome.com.