Carolyn Stegemoller, 82, of Murray, Ky., passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Hickory Woods Senior Living Community in Murray.
Mrs. Stegemoller was born March 10, 1939, in Indianapolis, Ind., to the late Chester and Rose Drake Hazelrigg. Carolyn was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her four boys and embraced every moment with them. Mom was the strongest woman we have ever met. She was not afraid of anyone or anything. She was a fierce Mama Bear. She never missed a practice or a game. She especially loved her role as Grandma Kitchen or Grandma Cookies to her nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went.
Don and Carolyn retired to Tellico Village in 2003 where Carolyn was active in the book club, the ladies sorority and the dinner club. She also enjoyed needlepoint and quilting gifts for her family.
She was diagnosed in 2015 with early onset Alzheimer’s. In 2017, her husband, Don Sr., had a stroke that made keeping their beautiful home on the lake in Tellico Village impossible. Brother-in-law David Charles Stegemoller Sr. and son Doug provided care for them while they lived at The Neighborhood at Tellico Village. In 2019, the family relocated Carolyn and Don to Murray, Ky., so that Don Jr. and his wife, Tanya, and Dan and his wife, Pam, could provide continuing care. All the boys and their families visited with Carolyn and Don regularly with window visits throughout 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Seeing her great-grandchildren playing outside gave her great joy. Unless you knew mom before the illness and the COVID-19 restrictions, you really cannot understand how sad this really is.
Those she lovingly leaves behind include her husband of 62 years, Donald Stegemoller Sr. of Murray; brother-in-law, David Charles Stegemoller Sr. (Brenda Biggs) of Tellico Village; sons, Donald Leroy Stegemoller Jr. (Tanya) of Murray, Ky., Douglas Scott Stegemoller (Lisa) of Phoenix, Ariz., Daniel Carl Stegemoller (Pam) of Puryear and Darin Todd Stegemoller (Geneva) of West Linn, Ore.; sister, Charlene Childers (James) of Mooresville, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, Derek Stegemoller (Jolee), Kelsey Herbst (Kyle), Caitlin Stegemoller, Lindsey Murphy (Ben), Gabi Stegemoller, Elizabeth Stegemoller, Dawson Stegemoller, Shanna Forsythe, Tiffanie Krause (Tim), Stephanie Tash (Joe) and Brian Stegemoller (Missy); 14 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.
A celebration of life memorial will be 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the activity center at the Community Church in Tellico Village, 130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN 37774.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory, https://www.alz.org/, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or call to make a donation 1-800-272-3900.