Carol Ann Oswald, 78, of Topeka, died Monday, September 24, 2018 at Rolling Hills Health Center. She was born on December 4, 1939 in Topeka, the daughter of Carl and Luvenia (Levitt) Sandbloom.
Carol married Bob Oswald, the love of her life on June 15, 1957; the month after she graduated from high school. She decided to give him the best gift ever when she passed away on his birthday. She and Bob were married 60 years, until his death took him away from her earlier this year. Their marriage was always such an inspiration, a beautiful example of what love should be.
She was everything a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother should be: loving, supportive, and loved in return. She had so many talents – knitting, cross-stitch, quilting, cooking. She loved to create baby things – booties, afghans, sweaters – and made them for everyone she knew who had babies. She loved to watch ballgames with her husband, especially football, and would always know who was playing and when.
She was loved by many. She and Bob were very close with their neighbors – Russell and Toni, Frank and Glenda, Sherry and Larry, and Butch and Colleen. Mom would make her famous pumpkin bread and make sure it was shared with them. They were also very close with their friends – Bonnie (mom’s best friend) and Jerry, Marcia and Norman, Mike and Sue, and Bob and Nancy. Mom also loved her old working buddies – Roberta, Lisa, Yolanda and Denise. Boy did they have the fun! She loved giving and she always made sure her friends knew she thought so much of them.
Carol is survived by her children, Pam Luthi and her husband Pat of Silver Lake, Kansas, Paul Oswald and his wife Barbara of Alpharetta, Georgia, as well as her grandchildren, Amanda (Andrew) Knight, Elise Atkinson and Jason Oswald. Her grandchildren were always her biggest joy. She also had two great grandchildren, Millie and Gus Knight. She is survived by her brother Keith Sandbloom and his wife Marjorie of Vancouver, Washington, as well as her sister-in-law, Lynette Glotzbach and her husband Tom of Topeka and brother-in-law, Ed Oswald and his wife JoAnn of Boston, Massachusetts, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family especially wishes to recognize the staff at Rollings Hills Health Center and Great Lakes Hospice for their care and support. She was blessed to have been taken care of by such compassionate people.
Carol will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home on Friday after 2:00 p.m. where the family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hayden High School Sports Program and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.
Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.