Bemke, Carole Carole Sue Bemke, age 80, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family, Sunday, October 9, 2016. Carole was born on April 5, 1936 in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Louis and Sara Grace (Rawls) Vollmer, who preceded her in death. She will be lovingly remembered by Kenneth, her husband of 53 years; her loving children Dawn Conroy, Deborah Bemke and John Bemke; her beloved grandchildren, Kelsey Bemke, Cale Bemke and Cameron Conroy; great-grandson Beck Rojo, along with her brother Bruce Vollmer. Carole attended Stephens College and the University of Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Education and taught elementary students for many years. One of her proudest accomplishments was being a long-time school board member for Mio AuSable Schools. Another of her life-long passions was horses. She won many awards showing them, and was a member of several horse associations, including the Northern Michigan Quarter Horse Association and the Michigan Quarter Horse Association. She thoroughly enjoyed being a part of many horse show circuits and loved announcing, seeing her friends and encouraging everyone she met. She also spent several years as a 4-H leader. Carole was extremely talented and entered her artistic creations in fairs around the state. Gardening, especially roses, collecting stamps and arrowheads, genealogy, sewing and reading were among many of Carole's other interests. Her zest for life was abundant. She was a very selfless person and cared for how others were and put their needs first. Her loving guidance and genuine interest in the lives of those around her will be greatly missed. A Sharing of her Life and Memorial for Carole will be held on Saturday, November 5th in West Branch, MI. The family welcomes messages and memories in their online guestbook at www.cookcares.com .
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