A Memorial Visitation for Carol L. Stultz, 87, of Palatine, will be held Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM, at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services located at 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. The Interment will be held privately on Friday, March 4, 2022 in Polo, Illinois.
Carol Lavonne Shipman was born to Roscoe Leland, and Alice Irene Shipman June 29, 1934. She up in Polo, Illinois where she excelled in music, playing the piano, violin and French horn. She worked after school, and weekends in in the Gambles Hardware and Appliance owned by her parents. She had a keen mind for business and earned an Associate Degree in Accounting. She also enjoyed participating in the glee club during her college years. At the age of 22, Carol met Robert Stultz at a local roller rink. They were married and went on to have four children. Their married life began on a local farm, but was soon refocused around ministry when both Carol and Robert responded to God’s dealings in their lives.
Carol’s life was centered on her family and on service to the LORD. Her musical talents were used in the home with her children as well as in service to various congregations over the years, most recently at Palatine First Assembly of God, where she played both the piano and the organ for services and assisted with the church worship team. After assisting with her husband’s early pastoral work in Woosung and Dixon, Illinois, she was deeply involved in Robert’s efforts to pioneer urban ministry at Prevention Incorporated in Chicago. She managed the office and handled the bookkeeping during the first few years of Prevention’s ministry. Robert gave credit to Carol as being the one who prayed for him and encouraged him during difficult times. Together they were instrumental in the discipleship of men and women from the streets who went on to lead notable ministries in the decades to come. After the Prevention years, Carol also assisted her husband in launching a church plant in Chicago, Illinois and then founding a Teen Challenge Center in Miami, Florida. She later became a member of the leadership team at Palatine First Assembly of God. Carol was a generous supporter of many ministries, including those led by her sons in Chicago and more recently in West Frankfort, Illinois. She was a constant support and friend to both of her daughters, enjoying long conversations, hot cups of tea and laughter with them throughout the years. She provided Godly wisdom whenever needed, and offered prayer and hugs as well. She was always a homemaker, and enjoyed time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who love her.
Carol is survived by her sons Steven Kent Stultz and wife Brenita, John Edward Stultz and wife Linda, daughters Lisa Linette Gonzalez and husband Milton Jr., and Dawn Cherie Leonard. She is also survived by many grandchildren: Stephanie (Robert), Alicia (Charles), Jessica, Melissa, Jonathan (Rishonda), Elizabeth, Kristie, Jocelyn (Joshua), Jennifer (Dylan), David, Aimee’, Katherine, Woodrow (Katelynn), Grace, Gabriel, Javier, Adrianna, and Claudia (Zane); and Daniel, Anthony and Gabe by marriage. Her lasting heritage includes 22 beautiful and busy great grandchildren, all of whose pictures she kept in view and was eager to talk about anytime someone visited.
Carol was preceded into God’s kingdom by her former husband, Robert; her parents, Roscoe Leland and Alice Irene Shipman; and her sister Barbara Kloske and husband Dwight. She was instrumental in leading her father, sister and brother-in-law to Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated to Nu Church Apostolic Ministries, PO Box 24334, Chicago, Illinois 60624.