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Carolyn H. Henrikson

July 4, 1942 December 23, 2016
Carolyn H. Henrikson
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Obituary for Carolyn H. Henrikson

Carolyn H. Henrikson, 74, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and formally of Walton, NY, left us peacefully in her sleep on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Memorial North Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; daughter Sonja and her husband Philip Beaudoin, with grandchildren Megan and Andrew of Monument, CO; son Erik Henrikson and his wife Julie with grand-children Elizabeth, Isabel, Isaac, and Ruth of Colorado Springs, CO.

Carolyn was born on the 4th of July, 1942 in Oneonta, New York to Loretta (Getter) and Alan Harman. Her mother remarried John Howland whom Carolyn considered her father. She grew up in Walton, New York where she graduated from high school. She attended Syracuse University before transferring the Upstate Medical Center School of Nursing (Syracuse, NY) where she graduated two years later, in 1965, as a Registered Nurse (RN). While at the School of Nursing, she met and grew in love with her future husband, Ronald A. Henrikson, a medical student at the time. After graduation, Carolyn worked as a medical-surgical nurse at University Hospital Syracuse, NY.

On August 28, 1965, Carolyn and Ronald married in Walton, NY in the Episcopal Church in the presence of their families and friends. Carolyn worked at University Hospital while Ronald completed medical school and his Internship in Syracuse, NY. Then it was off to Akron Children’s Hospital where she worked as a surgical nurse and Ronald completed his pediatric residency. On October 21, 1968, daughter Sonja Anne Henrikson was born in Akron, Ohio. The next year it was off to Mather AFB, California (near Sacramento, CA) for their first Air Force assignment, the beginning of what was to be a 30 year enjoyable experience in the Air Force. While at Mather AFB, son Erik Anathor Henrikson was born on February 20, 1970 in Mather Air Force hospital. As an Air Force wife, she and family also lived in Zweibrücken, Germany (Federal Republic of); Fort Worth, TX (Carswell AFB); Whiteman AFB, MO (near Knob Noster, MO): Ellsworth AFB (Rapid City, SD); Pease AFB (Portsmouth, NH) where Ronald’s mother joined them and lovingly cared for by Carolyn; Redlands, CA (Norton AFB) while Ronald was on the road as a medical inspection team leader; Randolph AFB (San Antonio, TX); Maxwell AFB (Montgomery, AL); and finally to Colorado to the DOD Medical Review Board at the Air Force Academy. In 1999 they retired from the Air Force. While serving in the Air Force as an officer’s wife, Carolyn wore many hats: Mother, Wife, chairwomen and chief operating officer for the annual International Bazaar occupying a whole hanger (Zweibrücken, Germany), counselor for new officer’s wives, Cub Scout Den Leader, Girl Scout leader, Red Cross Volunteer receiving the Clara Barton Award (highest for a volunteer), disaster response team member, school nurse, organized and head coordinator of Vacation Bible School (Ft. Worth), and always a volunteer to get the task done.

Upon retiring from the Air Force, she and Ronald settled in the Monument/Colorado Springs area. Carolyn continued to give selflessly of her time to Girl Scouts, co-chair of the neighborhood watch and annual get together, as well as any time there was a need. Carolyn joined Peter Catholic Church through RCIA where she was an active parishioner and member of multiple ministries including Women’s Guild and Bible Studies. Enjoying more free time she took up hiking including climbing Fourteeners, gardening which was always a passion of hers, a patron of the arts enjoying live theater, symphonic, and opera performances worldwide, socializing with the Red Hat “girls,” bicycling with her husband in Colorado, Wyoming, and The Netherlands (eight annual 2-week tours), working the food stops at the Tour de Wyoming, reading, cooking, supervising the annual Christmas cookie factory with grandchildren, and being an exceptional, loving Wife, Mother, and Oma.

Memorial donations in Carolyn's memory may be made to Tri-Lakes Cares, 235 North Jefferson St., (or mailed to P.O. Box 1301), Monument, Colorado 80132.


God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arm around you,
And whispered “Come to Me.”
And saw you pass away,
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
- Frank Kurt Cylke

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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

29

Dec

9:00 AM 12/29/2016 9:00:00 AM - 9:50 AM 12/29/2016 9:50:00 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church

55 North Jefferson Street
Monument, CO 80132

Vigil with Recitation of Rosary at 9:30 AM

St. Peter Catholic Church
55 North Jefferson Street Monument 80132 CO
United States

Service

Thursday

29

Dec

10:00 AM 12/29/2016 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/29/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church

55 North Jefferson Street
Monument, CO 80132

Funeral Mass with luncheon reception following in Jaeger Hall. Private interment Friday, December 30 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

St. Peter Catholic Church
55 North Jefferson Street Monument 80132 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fort Logan National Cemetery Final Resting Place

3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80235

3698 South Sheridan Boulevard Denver 80235 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Tri-Lakes Cares

235 North Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1301
Monumnet, CO 80132
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