Carol K. Primas

–  10/07/2020


Carol Koepke Primas, long-time resident of Villa Park, passed away peacefully in her Siesta Key, Florida home in hospice care on October 7, 2020 with her three daughters at her side, just 4 days shy of her 90th birthday. She was the adored mother of Caron (Bruce) Brennan, Donna Primas (Glenn Hill) and Amy (Silvio) Schmid; devoted grandmother of Kyle and Ethan (Addison) Brennan, and Forest and Brook Schmid; loving great-grandmother to Oliver and Inara Brennan; favorite sister of Ken Koepke; fond aunt to many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  Preceded in death by her beloved husband Aaron Primas; her parents Clarence Koepke and Merle Bollenbach (nee Kell); her brother Richard (LaRue) Koepke; her brother Frank (Doris) Bollenbach; and her sister Merle Jean (Peter) Krischunas. 

Carol lived most of her life in Villa Park, graduating from Ardmore School and York High School.  It was at York she met the love of her life, Aaron.  They were married on a 3-day pass while he was in the Army and did not have a proper Honeymoon until their 25th Wedding Anniversary.

She was immensely proud of graduating from Illinois Masonic Hospital Nursing School and being a Registered Nurse.  She worked at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for most of her career in Surgery and developed many good friends there.

Carol and Aaron were partners in life as well as role models to their children and others.  They were very family-oriented and loved to celebrate holidays and special occasions with friends and family. 

Before cell phones, Carol said she started planning vacations to get Aaron out the office and away from work. Traveling became a family affair and eventually led to traveling the world and taking many cruises. 

Laughter was a big part of the Primas family’s daily life right up until Carol’s passing. Carol wanted the tag line of her journey to be, “Don’t cry because she is gone, SMILE because you knew her.”

Because of the COVID 19 restrictions, a celebration of life for Carol will be held at a later time. In the meantime, raise a glass of Pepsi or have a bowl of ice cream in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:

Tidewell Hospice (Sarasota, FL)

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association 

Calvary United Methodist Church in Villa Park, IL 

Breast Cancer Research 

Arrangements by Steuerle Funeral Home 630-832-4161.



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