Carolyn Guggenmos

Carolyn A Guggenmos

Sunday, August 29th, 1937 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Carolyn A. Guggenmos

Carolyn A. Guggenmos, age 82, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020. A private family burial will be held. Memorial services will be held for Carolyn and Lloyd at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, August 10, 2020 in the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney with Pastor Doug Birky officiating. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday to sign Carolyn’s register book.
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Carolyn Ann (Horwart) Guggenmos was born August 29, 1937 in Garfield County, NE to Doyle and Lois (Chaffin) Horwart. She was the oldest daughter of their three children, and is survived by her younger brother Doyle Lynn (and Jan) Horwart of Deshler, NE.
She graduated from Burwell High School at age 16 in 1953. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and studied teaching. She obtained her certificate, and was teaching in a rural school when she entered Beranek Drug in Ord, NE in 1955 to get a prescription filled and saw Lloyd Guggenmos. After he wrote to her declaring his interest, they began dating, and two years later they were married on June 2, 1957 in Ord, NE.
Into this union was born five children: Janet (and Brian Jeffries); Joel (and Kathy Gandy); JoAnna (and Chuck Aprill); John (and Timur Loynab); and Jean. Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd and their youngest daughter, Jean. She missed them every day until she joined them; 45 days for Lloyd and 38 years for Jean.
She loved her grandchildren and never missed an event and/or an occasion to celebrate their varied accomplishments. Jennifer Aprill, Jacki (and Steven Wood) Aprill, Joanie (and Dominic Barnes) Aprill, Marie Jeffries, Thomas Jeffries, Gregory Guggenmos, Julie Aprill, and Luke Guggenmos. She was beyond delighted with the addition of a new generation to introduce to the joy of reading. She never complained when at the conclusion of a book; the child said, “Read it again!” There were many children’s books that she simply had memorized from reading hundreds, maybe even thousands of times. This was a great delight to those who called her “grandma,’ including several who were not her grandchildren. She was the proud great-grandmother of Samuel Wood and Daniel Wood and was absolutely overjoyed to spend time with them the week just prior to her death.
Whenever asked when her birthday was, she would always tell you and add that her grandmother, Edith (Dickerson) Chaffin, was born on that day in 1887 and one of her own granddaughters was born on that day in 1992. Then she would state that since there were no national holidays in August that she was trying to get her birthday declared one.
She was active in her church and as a young adult accepted Jesus as her savior. She supported Lloyd’s activity in Rotary International and opened their home to several more children by hosting exchange students from various countries, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, and Norway. She loved gathering with family and friends, and helped organize and host, with her mother, many family reunions. She loved entertaining and was delighted to host various families and individuals in their home. It should be noted that with just a few hours notice she could have fed a small army. She was always willing to open their home to others in need.
She worked diligently with the athletic department of the University of Nebraska, and brought their Dedicated to Excellence Program to the schools in the Sidney area. She would start working on next year’s program as the doors were closing on the current program. She was an integral part of the Angel Tree project. She saw it as a way to honor and remember her beloved daughter, Jean. She loved life and was a vital part of each community she lived in. These included, Ord, NE; Holyoke, CO; Socorro, NM; and Sidney NE.
Mostly, Carolyn was all about family and she loved hers well.
In lieu of flowers, she wanted donations to the Mayo Clinic: Online
Mail Mayo Clinic – Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
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David Klimas

Posted at 05:36pm
John, you are in our thoughts. We love you. David & Kurt
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Loretta sweet

Posted at 09:34am
My condolences for your worldly loss but praise the Lord for a spirit that will always be with you. Among the many fabulous memories if Carolyn is the thing I observed before we even met was the lady who grabbed her needlework no matter where she was if she had a spare moment. Such a moral example she truly was.

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