February 3, 1931 - July 9, 2021
Carol Jane Hampel, 90, of Goshen passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at Hubbard Hill Estates of natural causes. She was born in Elkhart on February 3, 1931, to Howard and Golda (Weaver) Swartz, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were siblings Nancy Van Tilburg and Robert R. Swartz. She enjoyed growing up in the West Simonton Street neighborhood, spending time swimming in Christiana Creek, ice skating near what is now Wellfield Botanical Gardens, and roller skating down her neighborhood sidewalks. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1949. Carol married W. Edward Nellist, deceased, in June of 1951; they divorced in 1969. They had five children, Karl Edward (deceased), Robert Howard (Cathern) Nellist of Elkhart, William “Bill” Edward (Catherine) Nellist of Maryland, Brenda Kay (Rick) Roberts, of Elkhart, and Lawrence “Larry” Michael (Lori) Nellist of Tennessee. Carol worked briefly for Chas. S Drakes in sales, and later worked at Whitehall Laboratories as a shipping clerk; she retired from Whitehall after 37 years. In March of 1983, Carol married Gerald “Jerry” C. Hampel who survives her. She was stepmother to Ginger (Eric) Gravelle (deceased) and Gerrod (Catherine) Hampel of Elkhart. After her retirement from Whitehall, Carol joined her husband’s business, Woodland Cases, where she assisted with production and finishing. Together they enjoyed traveling to many trade shows in the region selling cases and meeting with customers. Carol loved her family and friends. She enjoyed keeping a spotless home, caring for the yard and garden spaces, and taking her two Brittanys on long walks around the farm. She especially enjoyed taking long drives to see fall colors. She enjoyed artistic pursuits including oil painting and was an avid reader. Carol enjoyed ballroom dancing and was past president of Parents Without Partners in the 1970s. She was a member of Lake Grange 2192. In addition to those mentioned, Carol is survived by grandchildren Bradley (Katie) Nellist, Michael (Ashley) Nellist, John Nellist, and Fiona Nellist; Katie Wade, Alex Gravelle, and Mollie Edmonson; Emma and Ethan Hampel. Great-grandchildren include Quentin and Ian-David Nellist; Anthony and Charlotte Nellist; and Tristan Nellist. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Wednesday, July 14, 2021, and 1 hour prior to a 10 am funeral service Thursday, July 15, 2021, all at Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St. Goshen, IN 46526. Stepson Rev. Gerrod Hampel will officiate. Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be sent to Carol’s son and daughter in law’s camp: New Frontiers, 3939 Old Snow Hill Rd., Dowelltown, TN 37059, where they minister to youth and families or donate online at www.newfrontiers.org Online condolences can be submitted at www.rrefh.com.
Carol Jane Hampel, 90, of Goshen passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at Hubbard Hill Estates of natural causes. She was born in Elkhart on February 3, 1931, to Howard and Golda (Weaver) Swartz, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in... View Obituary & Service Information
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