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Carol J. LeDuc

TOPEKA, Kan. — Carol Jeanine LeDuc, 71, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Nov. 12, 2011, at home, surrounded by family who loved her. Carol was born Sept. 9, 1940, in Chicago, to Helga Lillian Amanda Anderson Apelgren and Nels Wilhelm Apelgren. She graduated from Gladstone High School (Gladstone, Mich.) in 1958. She attended college in Marquette, Mich.

She married the love of her life, Paul Clifford LeDuc, on Aug. 27, 1960. They celebrated 51 years of marriage this year. Together they raised two children, Paul Scott LeDuc of Boise, Idaho, and Christy Lynne LeDuc, of St. Cloud, Minn.

A Swede to the core, Carol worked faithfully her entire life providing professional support as an administrative assistant and loving support as a wife, mother, sister and friend. She loved music and sang in the church choirs for many years. Most recently she played in a bell choir, making beautiful music at both Seaman Congregational Church and Central U.C.C. churches of Topeka. She was a voracious reader, wonderful cook, and unfailing optimist, and lover of people (she always believed that strangers were just friends she hadn’t met yet).

Carol is survived by her loving husband, the Rev. Paul C. LeDuc, and their two children, Scott (Leanne) and Christy (Adam), as well as her sister, Linda Lee Keleher (Larry Keleher); and brother, Dr. Keith N. Apelgren (Dr. Carol Ann Slomski); and five beautiful nieces and nephews, Laurie Nelson (Clayton), Lance Keleher (Irene), and Bengt, Chloe and Halle Apelgren. Her parents, Helga and Nels Apelgren, preceded her in death.

Carol loved angels her entire life, and now we are certain that she is one.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Central Congregational United Church of Christ in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Congregational UCC in care of Davidson Funeral Home who is assisting the family.