Carolyn Wallace, age 80, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a kind, energetic and creative wife, mother, teacher, golfer, skier and potter who will be deeply missed by her family and community.
Born in Pontiac, Michigan to Christine MacDonald (Merrill Connors) and Eugene (Helen) Wenzloff, Carolyn grew up in Kingston, Michigan and Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from East Detroit High School in 1960, Carolyn completed a master’s degree in speech therapy at Wayne State University. Carolyn spent 35 years as a teacher: a long and varied career teaching grades from elementary through high school, in areas including English, theater arts, speech therapy and gifted education. She accomplished all of this while raising her daughter, Heather, as a single mom.
In 1984 she married the love of her life, Jack. Carolyn and Jack enjoyed an active and fulfilling retirement together, which included lots of golf, creating beautiful pottery at the Ann Arbor Art Center, volunteering at the Delonis Center Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels, planting and caring for the Mulholland Street native garden, and travel across the U.S. and all over the world.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Jack Wallace; daughter Heather (Karl) Schweitzer; granddaughter Hannah Schweitzer; brother James (Jean) Wenzloff; stepchildren Jeff Wallace, Lisa Granado and Julie Flores; and beloved step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sandra (Larry) Kennedy.
Carolyn has donated her body to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program, and her friends and family will gather for a celebration of a celebration of life at a later date.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.muehligannarbor.com for the Wallace family.