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.
She was a Great preshcool teacher! My boys loved going to school because of her. What a wonderful lady she was. You are all in my prayers. May God's arms be wrapped around you and bring peace and comfort
Ken Just to say sorry for your loose. May God give you peace and comfort now and the days to come. There is great comfort for Heaven bound people who placed there faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Brother In Christ Jerry Clark
So sorry to hear of Carolyn passing away. Thinking of you, Ken, and your family, and praying for you. We remember the Bible studies that you had at your place. Keith & Mildred Lockard
Ken & family. So sorry to hear of Carolyn's going passing, but we will see her again, what comfort that is. We have so many great memories of Bible Study at your home in New London. Will keep you in our prayers.
We were so sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. It is never easy to say good-by to those we love however, what a blessing to know that she is having a wonderful time in heaven seeing Jesus face to face! May He give you peace and comfort at this time.
Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and have you in our prayers. Love, Larry and Sue Rodruck
What a faithful, humble friend!! I'm going to miss you always??'? You fought the fight and you finished well and kept the faith. What a beautiful example of a woman of faith following hard after Jesus ??'?
Carolyn 4th from right... 2nd row. Jefferson Grade School in Morton. Best buddy and girl friend forever sweet Carolyn. We will see each other again.
I knew Carolyn when we we to Harmony together. I am so sorry we lost touch. Love and prayers to u all
Carolyn lived a Christ-centered life. It was evident to anyone who knew her. I witnessed her love for her kids & grandkids one July 4 while camping at Eden Valley south of Baldwin. She wanted to make sure her grandchildren & children got to experience a camping adventure even though she was struggling with her cancer at that time. I remember thinking what an awesome mother & grandmother to go above & beyond just so the kids could have a fun time! Enjoy your new heavenly home Carolyn. You will be missed by many.
Caroline was an amazing woman who lived out her faith every day. She touched so many lives in so many ways. I enjoyed working with her at Mt. Pleasant Christian School, having Thad and Erica in my class, and getting to know her. May God give you comfort in the days and weeks to come.
Great tribute to your wife Ken. We all wait for the Lord's return. Your friends at High Point Bible Chapel in Davenport.
Her clean open heart. Selfless and giving.
I love you mom loving memory was when we sat and did a Bible study together. My heart is breaking but I know you are not in pain and Jesus is taking care of you. Love you. Lisa