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Carolyn V. Stahmer

Carolyn Verlee Stahmer, 73, loving wife and mother, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Iowa City Mercy Hospice. Carolyn was born on April 18, 1943, in Iowa City to Harry and Gertrude (Westlake) Swanson of Lone Tree. Carolyn married Harlan Stahmer on Sept. 8, 1962.
Carolyn loved music and played the piano most of her life. She loved spending time with her family and friends and her grandchildren were the light of her life. Carolyn enjoyed traveling, watching her children and grandchildren’s activities over the years and babysitting her grandchildren. She also enjoyed dancing with Harlan. Their marriage was a true love story and their children feel blessed to have them for an example. On Sept. 8, they would have celebrated 54 years of marriage.
Carolyn is survived by her loving husband Harlan of Iowa City, children Michelle (Pat) Smith, of Solon; Shawn Stahmer, of Iowa City; Kay (Andy) Viner, of Lone Tree; and Scott (Tonya) Stahmer, of North Liberty. Grandchildren: Brady (fiancée Lindsey Meskimen) and Brianna Smith, Marie and Ashley Stahmer, Thomas, Nickalaus, Alex Viner and Stephanie Gottschalk, Quinn and Parker Stahmer. Great-grandchildren: Kaleb and Kelsi Kruse and Bailee Gottschalk. Siblings and in-laws: Cheryl (Larry) Schnoebelen, of Iowa City; Janice Salm, of North Liberty; Colene (Jim) Guthrie, of Marion; Nancy Swanson and Gary Swanson, both of Lone Tree; Lavern (Jude) Stahmer, of Iowa City; Melvin (Kathy) Stahmer, of Coralville; Eileen (Jim) Meyers, of Maquoketa; and Jerry Waters, of Clarence.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Gertrude Swanson, her father and mother-in-law John and Luella Stahmer, sister-in-law Darlene Waters and brother-in-law Tom Salm.
Memorials may be made to Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or Iowa City Hospice. Carolyn’s family would like to thank Dr Sarin for his wonderful care for Carolyn and the Iowa City Hospice and Mercy Hospice staff for their tender care of Carolyn over the past several months.
For information regarding the celebration of life services, visit Lensingfuneral.com.