Carol Jurgensen, 76, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023 at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, NJ, surrounded by loved ones. She was born Carol Joy Larsen, May 13, 1946, at home in Holland Township, NJ to Edwin and Marie Larsen. Four years earlier, her sister Linda was born, and four years later, her brother Tom.
Carol graduated from Holland Township Elementary School in 1960 and Delaware Valley Regional High School in 1964. After a brief stint at Koh-I-Noor, she went to work for Riegel Paper Corporation. She stayed with Riegel and all its iterations for thirty-six years, rising to the position of Accounting Manager. When Riegel finally closed its doors, Carol spent another seven years with the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission.
On November 18, 1972 (her mother’s birthday) she married Robert (Bob) Jurgensen. A year later they welcomed a son, Robert Jr.
While these are things that Carol did, they are not all that she was. It seems fitting that she passed just a few days after the 2023 International Day of the Woman. By any measure you wish to apply, she was an extraordinary woman. She was proud of her career, but not defined by it. Family and friends were the things she held most dear.
Carol was a wonderful daughter. Despite her hectic life at the time, balancing family and career, she cared for her mother through a long illness without complaint.
She was a loving, supportive helpmate for her husband Bob, doing the books and taking care of the business end of his career as a long-haul trucker.
She was a proud and loving mother to son Robert Jr., stepdaughters Kathy and Susan, and a devoted grandmother of 3, and great-grandmother of 5.
Carol was a caring and supportive sister to Tom and Linda even though they tortured her mercilessly, making her laugh until she cried.
She was more than an aunt to her niece Terri. She was a big sister, best friend, confidante, and surrogate mother after Linda passed away. Terri’s husband Ray and son Griffin adored Auntie Carol.
She adopted Tom’s wife Debby as a second sister and Debby loved her to pieces.
As for friends, they are too numerous to mention, because Carol would not want any to be forgotten or missed. Suffice it to say that when you were Carol’s friend, you were a friend for life. At least one has been her friend since kindergarten. One of her friends recently commented that Carol had a bigger collection of bridesmaid dresses than anyone she knew. Everyone wanted Carol to be part of their special day. Carol and her family are very thankful for her wonderful friends who often included her in group outings, even as her condition and mobility diminished over the last several years.
She liked to travel, and always loved playing cards and board games with the family. Never one to break the rules herself, she cheerfully accepted the shenanigans of other family members. You know who you are.
When her condition eventually limited her ability to travel or to enjoy card games, she never once complained. She adapted and lived her life to the fullest extent possible.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 11 AM-12 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ, followed by a Celebration of Carol’s Life at 12 PM, with Pastor Linda Bullock officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexandria Township, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St Luke’s Neuroscience Center, 801 Ostrum St, Bethlehem, PA 18015 or at www.slhn.org/development.
From: Diane Gonzalez
My deepest condolences to Carol's family.i met Carol several years ago when she hired me for her house cleaner..she was the sweetest and nicest person ..I enjoyed talking and laughing with her..I will miss her dearly..may she rest in peace ..love Diane
From: Frances K Petiet
To the family of my dearest friend since kindergarden at Holland Twp School. I have many happy memories of Carol and I and other friends that stayed close over the years. I also have happy memories of going to Carols house when we were in school and her mom would always make a wonderful chocolate cake with white cooked icing. We would play games and cards and laughed alot. I am so fortunate to have wonderful memories of a wonderful friend. Hugs and love to all of you, I will never forget any of you. Richard and Fran Petiet
From: Mary Sunday
My sympathy is sent out to Carol's family...Bob, Robert, Tom and her special niece, Terri. I have known Carol since our days at DVR and the class of '64. I think of Carol as one of the kindest people I have ever met. We worked at Riegel Paper in Milford and continued our close friendship making memories that will be with me forever. I will miss her sweet smile and easy-going disposition. Lunch with "the girls" was a monthly event for many years and someday that group will meet again and Carol will be at the head of the table. I miss you, girl...until we meet again....you have a place in my heart. May she RIP. With much love, Mary & Doug Sunday.
From: Dennis Durasoff
Always sweet, always kind even under physical restraints she Displayed humility and grace. Thank you Carol! Forever your classmate of ‘64–Dennis Durasoff
From: Ellanora Hamill
No one could ever ask for a better friend than Carol. I feel blessed to have had her in my life for so many years and she will be so missed. My sincere condolences to all of her family and to our many friends who have been like family throughout our lives. She will always live on in our hearts and in our memories. Ellanora and Ken Hamill
From: Rene Brodeur
I'll always remember Carol's lovely smile. She was so sweet and kind to everyone. Over the years, we got together with a fun group for breakfasts and lunches with friends from our DVR days, and she was always upbeat and friendly to everyone. She was my sister, Ell's, friend first, but they always included me. To her entire family, I'd like to say we are so very sorry that Carol is gone way too soon.
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