Carol Vanlaningham

Carol J. Vanlaningham

Tuesday, June 11th, 1946 - Saturday, January 19th, 2019
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Carol Jean Vanlaningham , 72, passed away suddenly at home in Lakewood on Saturday January 19,
2019. She was born to Robert and Jennie (Van Bemmel) Tillma in Watertown, South Dakota on June 11th 1946.

Carol graduated from Castlewood High School in 1964 and was a member of the 4H Club there. She went on to earn a BA in Education at South Dakota State University in 1968, moved to Denver and worked for Denver Social Services.

Carol married Larry on August 30, 1974 at Golden Colorado, and together raised three boys, David, Andrew and Daniel. Carol interrupted her career to be a stay at home Mom, but subsequently returned to positions at Royal Publications, Norwest Bank and the IRS at Lakewood, Colorado. Carol’s joyful dignity and easy going personality brought her many loyal friends and admirers. She was always inquisitive and learning, especially in her extensive travel adventures, but nonetheless happy to tend to her gardening at home.

Carol is survived by husband Larry, and sons David and wife Martha, Daniel and wife Angel, and grandsons Walter and Clyde.

She was preceded in death by son Andrew in May 2017. Brothers Robert Tillma and wife Gloria of Longmont Colorado, Fred Tillma and wife Terri of Brookings, South Dakota and Doug Tillma and friend Deb Childers of Pipestone, Minnesota also survive her.

Services will be held Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 11:00am at Aspen Funeral Home, 1350 Simms St, Lakewood, Colorado with Father Martin Hunckler officiating, (303) 232-0985. Interment will immediately follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Procession will form up at Staging Area C. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 11:00am
    Aspen Lakewood Chapel
    1350 Simms St
    Lakewood, Colorado 80401
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    Father Martin Hunckler
  • Interment

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | 1:15pm
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 1:15pm
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    Denver, CO
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Staging Area "C"


Donations are being accepted for: St. Joseph's Indian School.


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Mike & Jen and Jodie with Isabel, Diego, Liya and and Bob and Gloria, Fred and Terri, Doug and Deb sent flowers to the family of Carol J. Vanlaningham.
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Karen Mathis

Posted at 08:56pm
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on her.

A wonderful and joyous high school classmate. God bless her family.
Karen Even Mathis

Sally Wiarda Kemink

Posted at 08:38pm
The Tillma family lived about a mile south of our farm We celebrated birthdays together with other nearby farm kids. . Families gathered at different farm houses on summer evenings while all the kids played outside. So many happy memories from our childhood! We are sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. We extend our sympathy to her family.
Sally (Wiarda) Kemink and Randy Kemink


Arlys Sikorski

Posted at 02:50pm
I was very surprised to hear of Carol's passing. We grew up together, rode the bus to school every day, and played trombones in the band together for many years. She was always fun, light hearted, generous, friendly and loving. I know she will be missed by many. My sympathies to the family. Arlys Gleysteen Sikorski

joan Davis

Posted at 09:26am
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Posted at 08:09pm
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