Carol Nan McLennan Kurz, “Mickie,” held on to life until she could hold her youngest great-grandchild, and then passed away early Sunday morning September 24, 2017. Carol was born in Rogers City June 28, 1940 to Donald and Jean McLennan. A friendly and popular girl, Carol was chosen as the first Limestone Queen (predecessor to Nautical City Queen) in 1958.
After working as a legal secretary in Los Angeles for two years, Carol returned to northern Michigan where she worked for General Telephone and then at City Hall in Alpena. Carol married John Kurz January 3, 1981 and they settled in Texas where she spent the next 23 years working for the Killeen Police Department that recognized her for extraordinary contributions upon her retirement.
Carol loved dancing (taught her brothers “the twist”), and was well-known to her friends as having a heart of gold. A resident of Killeen, Carol is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Shannon Adler; granddaughters, Taryn (Patrick) Shuler and Taylor (Andy) Kulik; great-grandchildren, Ella and Atlas; siblings, Beth (Art) Getzinger, Lyn Petz, Lee (Bob) Bingle, Don (Julie) McLennan and Scott McLennan; as well as dozens of cousins, nephews and nieces.
Preceding Carol in death were her parents, Donald and Jean McLennan; her godson and nephew, Jay Getzinger; her niece, Shelly Petz; and her brother-in-law, Joel Petz.
Services will take place at Heritage Funeral Home in Harper Heights, Texas at 10 a.m. October 7.
The Revs. Dr. Greg and Karen Zurakowski will conduct a local memorial service at the church of Carol’s baptism, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rogers City, Monday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. A private celebration of life observance will take place next summer when her cremains are returned to northern Michigan. Memorials to charity of one’s choice.