In memory of
Dr. Carole Wood Gorenflo
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In memory of
Dr. Carole Wood Gorenflo
Gorenflo, Dr. Carole Wood 12/3/1954 - 10/8/2016 Northport, Michigan Passed away on October 8th 2016, after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Carole was born on December 3rd 1954, in South Bend Indiana. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1972, and then earned her B.S. from Purdue University in 1976, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Focused on a career as a Speech Language Pathologist, Carole earned her M.S. in 1978 from Guys Medical School, London England. She then completed her Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1986. At M.S.U. she met her future husband, Dr. Daniel W. Gorenflo in an advanced psychometrics course. Dan sat in front of her and would often drop his pencil so he could get a peek at her. They immediately fell in love, enjoying college life and many walks by the gardens along the Red Cedar River. They were married in December of 1985 and enjoyed over thirty years of pure love. Carole was preceded in death by her brother James Wood and her father Lewis Wood. Carole is survived by Daniel and their daughters Anna and Caroline, Carole's mother Katherine Dittrich, brother Robert and sister Bri White, James widow Gerri Wood and sisters in law Sally, Susan and brother in law Thomas, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Gifted with high intelligence and stunning beauty, Carole was a pioneer in the field of Augmentative Communication, giving the gift of speech to those without, and publishing many scientific scholarly articles, a number of them with Daniel. Over a thirty-six year career (twenty-six at Eastern Michigan Univ.) Carole was awarded full professorship, and after retirement in 2014, Emeritus Professorship. Carole traveled around the world; she served as president of the Grosse Pointe, MI Kappa Alpha Alumni group. She enjoyed decades of family fun on the beach and in the woods at their second home in Northport, MI. Her husband remembers her unconditional love, her dedication as a wife and mother, her bravery and grace, warmth, lovely voice, eyes, magnificent smile, wit and love of life. Her daughters will remember her adventurous spirit, courage, elegant style, humor, generosity, her loving compassionate nature and her love of their pet Whippets. In lieu of flowers, Carole has endowed a scholarship for Speech-Language students at Purdue Univ. Gifts may be made to Purdue Carole Gorenflo Scholarship, addressed to: Purdue Research Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906. Burial has taken place in Northport, MI. A memorial service is scheduled at St. Christopher's Church, 701 North Warren Street, Northport, MI on Saturday October 29th at 11am. Please share condolences with Carole's family at www.martinson.info
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