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Carol H. Ganzel

September 16, 1931 ~ October 27, 2019 (age 88)


Carol Henderson Ganzel, 88, died 27 October 2019 at her home in Oberlin, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 16 September 1931, the last of four children to Sarah Whitman Henderson and Howard Henderson. Carol earned her B.A. from Carleton College in 1953 and her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1954, both in English literature. At Chicago she met Dewey Ganzel, and they were married on 27 July 1955. She was an editor for the University of Chicago Press. In 1958, they moved to Oberlin, where Dewey took the position he would hold until his 1997 retirement, teaching in the Oberlin College English department. Their three daughters were all born in Oberlin (their son, David, died in infancy in Chicago in 1958). For nine years, beginning In the late 1960s, Carol was sales manager at the Oberlin Printing Company. She was later editor of the Oberlin College’s weekly faculty-staff newspaper, The Observer. She also served on the Ohio State Board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She and Dewey spent their retirement years traveling, entertaining family and friends, and maintaining their 1880 house on Elm Street. They moved to Kendal at Oberlin in 2006. Besides her parents and son, Carol was preceded in death by Dewey, who died in 2011; her sister Helen McIlwraith; and her brother, Russell Henderson. She is survived by daughters Rebecca (Micheal Thompson), Catherine (Douglas Lott), and Emily (Robert Frame); sister Sylvia Skinner and sister-in-law Muriel Henderson, both of Concord, Mass.; grandchildren Caroline Thompson, Jason Lott, and Jennifer Lott; and 12 nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance will be held 2 pm Saturday 2 November 2019 at Kendal of Oberlin. Private family graveside service in Westwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oberlin College, Carleton College, or the Ohio State Chapter of the ACLU. Arrangements through Cowling Funeral Home, .

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Memorial Gathering
November 2, 2019

2:00 PM
Kendal at Oberlin in Auditorium

Oberlin, Ohio

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