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 www.stjo.org/dreams.