Carolyn Joann Ditzman, 70, of Burlington, died Sunday, December 10th at her home surrounded by family. She was born July 27, 1947 in Morton, Illinois, to William Grant and Mildred Genevieve Mennarey Conibear. December 17, 1977 she married Ken Ditzman in Moline, Illinois. She was a graduate of Morton High School and earned her BA from University of Northern Iowa. She began her teaching career at a one room school in Northwest Nebraska; then taught at Moline Gospel Temple Christian Academy and Mt. Pleasant Christian School. She was a member of Burlington Baptist Church; taught Sunday school; was an AWANA leader; and led the Happy Hearts Party at Burlington Care Center for a number of years. Carolyn enjoyed sewing, traveling, Bible studies, women's ministry, and spending time with her grandchildren who were her pride and joy.
Survivors include her husband and children; Lisa (Mark) Wingler of Canton, Michigan, Jon (Shelley)Ditzman of Osco, Illinois, Stephen (Christy) Ditzman of Blue Grass, Jessica (Ryan) Brinkman of Dyersville, Dartania Ditzman of Keokuk, Thaddeus (Patty) Ditzman of Burlington, Erica Ditzman of Keokuk; grandson Hayden Ditzman who lived with them; and sixteen other beloved grandchildren; Dustin, Dakota, Trevor, Rielle, Grace, Hayden, Lara, Alexis, D.J., Koen, Addie, Mar, Stella, Ella, Ethan, Talon and Kinsley. Preceding her in death are her parents and brother, William Conibear.
A Celebration of Life and Fellowship will be 2:00 Saturday, December 16th at Burlington Baptist Church with Pastor Kendall Adams officiating. The family will be present to receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00. According to her wishes, cremation has been accorded and inurnment will be at a later date at Aspen Grove Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the AWANA program at the church. Elliott Chapel, New London, is in charge of arrangements.
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