Virginia Beach, Va. -Carol Hurst Haenni, 86, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2019, in Virginia Beach, in her home after a series of debilitating illnesses.
She was born in Fillmore, Missouri, on Oct. 21, 1932.
Carol's life was an inspiration to all who knew her through her vast charitable endeavors and involvements.
She persisted through great obstacles and family moves, to complete her Masters at Sacramento State College and PhD in American Literature at Florida State University, even while her own children attended Colorado College and FSU.
Carol intensely loved the academic world both as a student and teacher, also utilizing her expertise on the Board of Directors for Tallahassee Community College.
In their 40's, Carol and Paul enjoyed being foster parents to 11 newborn babies.
They provided love and shelter for a Vietnamese family of six during the Vietnamese airlift in the 70's, hosted a Chinese student for a summer from FSU and became beloved "parents" to a French exchange student. All very enriching experiences in their lives, which were also well traveled and well lived.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Paul Vincent Haenni, just three days after their 66th wedding anniversary, in Dec. 2016.
Carol is survived by: her son, Rodney Haenni, (Ann); her daughter, Suzanne Crismore; and her deeply beloved grandchildren, Hannah and Benjamin Crismore; two surviving sisters, Iola Arn and Doris Franklin, who both reside in St. Joseph; and two sisters-in-law, Minnie Haenni, Savannah, Missouri and Niki Lee Hurst, Birmingham, Alabama.
"Aunt" Carol dearly loved her many nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews who live across the U.S.
Carol will always be very fondly remembered by all of her dear friends and family. She is so profoundly missed!
A celebration of Carol's meaningful life was held on August 3, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.