Carol Airhart

Carol June Airhart

Tuesday, May 20th, 1947 - Monday, December 21st, 2020
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Carol Airhart
May 20, 1947 – December 21, 2020

Unexpectedly, yet peacefully with family by her side, Carol Airhart passed away at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg on December 21, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Born Carol June LaForge in Dawson Creek, BC, Carol was predeceased by her loving and nurturing parents Jim and Evelyn (Merner) LaForge, her eldest sister Sharon (Moi), her brother Clint, and her parents-in-law Arnold and Doris (Comfort) Airhart.

Carol will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Russell, daughter Lindsay, former son-in-law Dustin LaFortune and granddaughter Aurora (LaFortune-Airhart). She is also survived by her foster children: Eugene Cochrane, Stephen Cochrane, Vincent Murdock and Sonya Spence. Others left to mourn include her brother Bill (Kathie), sister Julie (Dennis) Malkinson, brother-in-law Alan Moi, sister-in-law Cindy Sheppard, brother-in-law Philip (Laurie) Airhart and sister-in-law Carolyn (Rolland) Alho. Aunts, uncles and many cousins, nieces and nephews and grand-nieces/nephews from the LaForge, Merner, Airhart and Comfort extended families will mourn her passing as well.

Carol grew up in Tupper, BC together with many members of the LaForge clan who worked in the family lumber business founded by her paternal grandfather, Pete LaForge. She attended her elementary school classes at the one-room South Swan Lake School. She graduated from high school in Dawson Creek having ridden the school bus for many years on its lengthy journey from Tupper to Tomslake, Pouce Coupe and many other rural communities along the bus route. Rain or shine, bitter cold notwithstanding, Carol and her siblings and cousins would “eagerly” await the arrival of the chrome yellow bus at the stop on the outskirts of the village.

Carol attended Canadian Nazarene College (CNC) in Winnipeg and received a Churchmanship Diploma in 1970. She was also an education student at the University of Manitoba where she earned her teaching certificate that same year.
It was in Winnipeg where Carol met her husband Russell. They were classmates at CNC, became friends, began dating while travelling with the CNC choir, and later fell in love. Carol graciously accepted Russell’s proposal of marriage on Christmas Day 1971 while they were on a visit to her family in Tupper and Dawson Creek. Russell nervously asked her father and mother for her hand in marriage in the confines of Carol’s quaint Tupper home. He was both relieved and delighted to receive their unconditional blessing.

Carol and Russell were married in Red Deer, Alberta on August 19, 1972 with family and friends in attendance. In September they moved to Winnipeg where Carol began her teaching career at the Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD). She spent her entire 33-year career at MSD, first as a classroom teacher, then resource teacher, Vice-principal and acting Co-principal before retiring in 2006.

Carol was loved and appreciated by those who knew her well. Her unique sense of humour, almost legendary, suited her personality of kindness and compassion for others. With her professionalism and teaching expertise, she served her MSD students and colleagues well and was held in high regard by senior managers at the Department of Education. During her travels both in Canada and internationally, Carol would meet new people with ease. Her warmth of wit and charm quickly made friends of total strangers
During her childhood and youth, Carol was in regular Sunday afternoon attendance at the next door Tupper Church of the Nazarene where her parents, Jim and Evelyn, were long time members and volunteers for all manner of Sunday school tasks and work projects. Living in Winnipeg, Carol and Russell were also members of Beulah (later Elmwood and now New Hope Community) Church of the Nazarene where she taught Sunday school for many years to the delight of both her student pre-schoolers and their parents.

Throughout her life, Carol was a blessing to her parents, siblings, husband and children as well as to all family, friends and colleagues with whom she came in contact. Her love of life and people, her considerate approach to resolving problems, whether of a professional or domestic nature, speaks to her life’s work and enduring legacy.

The blessing bestowed upon Carol - and we who knew her best - is a tribute to our heritage of love, faith in God, and the values of kindness, compassion and good character. Our loved ones, long since passed, that we knew from our early years instilled this in us. As a grieving family we are grateful that our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, niece and cousin is now joined with that eternal “great cloud of witnesses”. We who remain, and presently are left to mourn, hope to gain that same goal, by God’s grace.

A celebration of Carol’s life is planned for Winnipeg at a later date, yet to be announced. It is the family’s desire that all attending will be able to gather as one and fellowship together in the true spirit of love and friendship.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to those first responders who swiftly attended our home the night when Carol fell critically ill. A special thank you goes out to all the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital ER and the Asper building 7th floor Intensive Care unit for their professional care and personal compassion.

If people wish to honour Carol’s memory, donations can be made to the Tupper Church of the Nazarene. Cheques payable to the church should be mailed to the following address:
PO Box 198
Tomslake, BC V0C 2L0

Donations made in Carol’s memory to the charity of your choice will also be much appreciated and welcomed as a fitting tribute to a life well-lived.
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Marilee Geller

Posted at 11:58am
Dear Russell, my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife Carol. Thinking of you and your family. Marilee Geller (former staff at MCIC)

Sandy Santos

Posted at 04:56pm
Lovely life . Wishing you love and peace . Sandy

Joanna Blais

Posted at 07:48pm
I was so sad to hear of Carols passing. We worked together at MSD and Grosvenor and she taught me so much. Her smile when our paths crossed always made my day. I was blessed to have known her. My condolences to her family.

Glenda Gaborieau

Posted at 01:40pm
My prayers to the family. I worked with Carol at MSD. We had a lot of fun working together, I learned so much working with her. A caring teacher, teaching from the heart. Glenda Gaborieau

Glenn and Lola Swanson

Posted at 01:32pm
Our sincerest sympathies on your great loss. As you, we will miss Carol’s pleasant disposition and sense of humour. She will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers go out to the family.

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