Carol E. (Ewen) Brenn passed away peacefully at the VNA Hospice in
Valparaiso on Sunday, March 20, 2011. She was 92.
Carol was born Oct. 16, 1918 to Henry and Elvira Ewen of Gary’s Black Oak
neighborhood and was the sixth of 11 children. She is survived by two sons,
George H. (wife Margret) Brenn of Chesterton and Paul W. (Cathy) Brenn of
Jackson, Tenn.; siblings Dorothy Sapper (Charles) of Hobart and Harry Ewen
(Jeanette) of Rensselaer; two grandchildren Alison Carol and Breanon; four
great grandchildren; and nearly 300 nieces and nephews and descendants from
the Ewen family tree.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W., in 1995, and by eight
Carol was the valedictorian of her 1937 Portage High School graduating
class. She was very active in the Farm Bureau, serving as County Women’s
Leader for many years. She also had a role in many other community
organizations. Carol was extremely active her entire life, whether working
on the family farm, baking homemade bread and pies at her bakery, or tending
to her extensive flower garden in her later years. She baked bread and
cookies to help fund projects at her church. She was also well-known for her
delicious English toffee that she made each year between Thanksgiving and
Christmas and then sold to customers locally and as far away as California
and Oregon. She was tireless in her endeavors and was always willing to help
whenever asked. Her pastor referred to her as the “energizer bunny” because
of her resilience. She finally was forced to slow down due to congestive
heart failure and a massive stroke brought her to the end of this life.
Visitation for friends and family will be Tuesday, March 22 from 2 to 8 p.m.
at the Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Funeral
service will be Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at the Chesterton United
Methodist Church, 434 S. 2nd St., followed by burial at the Chesterton
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the
Porter County Parks Foundation, Sunset Hill Barn Educational Center Project,
155 Indiana Ave., Suite 304, Valparaiso, IN 46383.