Carolee Woods


            Carolee Ann Woods, daughter of Edward and Leota Day O’Brien, was born August 5, 1933, at Sumner, Iowa. She received her education in the Sumner Schools, graduating from Sumner High School in 1951.

            On March 7, 1953, she was united in marriage with Paul R. Woods at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner. Carolee and Paul made their home in Sumner and were active in many community activities.

            A resident of Stoney Brook Village in West Union since May of 2010, Carolee’s death occurred there on Sunday, July 31, 2011. She was seventy-seven years old and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner. She had also been a member of the Sumner Rotary Club. Among her many interests, Carolee especially enjoyed spending time with her sons, their wives, and grandchildren.

            Carolee is survived by two sons and their wives, Tim (Linda) of West Des Moines and Dan (Laura) of Barrington, Illinois; four grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell, Meghan, and Ryan; and two sisters, Mern Hochberger of Cherry Valley, California and Lois Traeger of  Dallas, Texas.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, who died October 12, 1998; her parents; and two brothers, Everett and Clayton O’Brien.

            Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 4, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Jim Brokman officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner where there will be a Rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. and Scripture Service held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Friends may also call for one hour preceding Mass at the church on Thursday. The family suggests that friends may, if they wish, make memorial contributions to I.C. Catholic Church, Community Memorial Hospital, or to the Carolee Woods Memorial Fund which will be established for the betterment of the Sumner Community.


Pat Schwickerath on September 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM said:

I wish to extend My Deepest Sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. The loss of a parent stays deep within you and never seems to leave you. Carolee was a good friend and a fellow Realtor and so much fun to be around. She will be missed by all. May God Bless her and your families.
Dr. Sullivan & Staff & Mauer Vision Center on August 4, 2011 at 8:24 AM said:

Carolee was always a joy to be around. She knew how to bring a smile to your face & how to bring laughter into your life. Myself & the staff here at Mauer will always remember Carolee as care free & one who enjoyed life at all times! Our deepest condolences to all her friends & family.
Carol Limburg on August 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM said:

Carolee was one of the most kind and thoughtful people I have ever known. If you were a friend of hers you were well loved.
And Carolee was loved by so many. My father used to give me a poinsettia every Christmas as he did my mother and Carolee knew that story and because they were in Heaven, Carolee made sure I had one every Christmas for several years. You were one of a kind, Carolee and I will miss you.
Dennis and Deb Schnadt on August 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM said:

To the family of Carolee,
We extend our sympathy to you in the loss of Carolee. I had the pleasure of working with Carolee in Rotary and on the Uptown Sumner Board. She loved her community and was glad to serve for its betterment. Carolee was a good friend with kind, positive encouragement. She loved her family so much. I am blessed to have known her.
John & Betty Monagahn, N. Fort Myers, Fl. on August 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM said:

We are so sorry to hear about the death of Carolee. Thanks to she and Paul, that Town & Country Homes, Inc. became a business and we were partners until Paul became ill. Our deepest sympathy to you boys and your families. She will truly be missed.
Marty Woods Sorg on August 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM said:

You will be truly missed by all and my family wishes to offer the family our prayers and love to all..She was truly a beautiful person

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