Caroline Hart-Krumel Memorial Endowment Fund

Fund Purpose:
To provide programs and projects that support education in the art and skill of sewing through The Quilters Hall of Fame, including, but not limited to, scholarships for students with financial need, which will allow them to take part in sewing classes or to purchase necessary sewing supplies for those students and/or as a way to offer these courses to additional students in Grant County.

Fund Story:
Roger Krumel, husband of Caroline Hart-Krumel, established this fund just before the passing of his beloved wife who was a seamstress for over 50 years of her life.  She loved the art and skill of sewing. She was an apprentice seamstress in fine ladies wear shops in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. Caroline made her living completing bridal alterations for a number of years and joined in the family business of sewing tents and awnings at Marion Tent and Awning with Roger.  It was Roger’s hope to keep Caroline’s legacy alive by supporting projects and programs for students in Grant County who wanted to learn the craft, but had barriers in doing so, such as finances to pay for the classes or the inability to buy class supplies.  Now, Caroline’s gift can be taught to multiple students in our community, students that may never have learned to sew if not for this grant.

Caroline passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  She left these words for all who knew and loved her and for those that will one day benefit from the legacy she left through this endowment fund.

DECEMBER 21, 1942—JULY 14, 2015

“I passed over today… sorry to leave my family, but happy to join family already passed many years ago.

I was born in Oxford, England, on the 21st of December 1942, during the war years, and raised in North Finchley, London. I have cherished memories of hiking the white cliffs at East Dean, called the Seven Sisters, and remember the beauty of Devenshire, Mortehoe, Woolacombe beach, blue bell woods, stone walls and ancient churches.

My parents, Yvonne Alison Ayling and Leslie Charles George Hart, met during a pedal through the Rough Lots. That might not sound inviting but really it was several acres of wild blackberry bushes, trees and trails and seats for resting and contemplation. Coming to the US in January of 1962, I started a new life on a dairy farm. Married and the mother of 3 children, I made my living as a seamstress.

I am sorry to leave my husband and best friend Roger Benjamin Krumel; my children Andrew Benjamin Boller and his wife Katey Jayne, Marion; my daughter Judith Anne Boller, Santa Fe, New Mexico; my son J. Mark Boller, Marion; grandchildren Cassandra Uhl and husband Nathan, Tempe, Arizona; Chelsea Boller and Evan Skiles of Indianapolis; Jeremy Boller of Marion; Alexis Chelednik and Derrick of Tennessee; my brother Richard Hart and wife Nittaya of Rotarua, New Zealand; my special friends Anne Maddox and Debbie Fouts, Wilma Austin, Wendy Farley, Rita Smith and Chris McDonough, who brightened my days with laughter.  My husband’s family Caroline and Rob Felver; Julianne and Jay Bragg; grandchildren Riley, Max, Bailey, Emma and Avery.

Extended family: nephew, Alexander Hart (Lorraine) London, UK; niece Emma and husband Christ, London, UK; Timothy Hart and wife, Gold Coast, Australia. Cousins: Michael Ayling and wife Pauline of Hertfordshire, England; Tim and wife Heather Ayling, Huntingtonshire, Cambridge, England; Trevor Hart, London, England.  Uncle George Hart and wife Doreen of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. Aunts: Doreen Hart (Dennis) of Caringbah, Australia. Joyce Chasty ( Jack ) of Barnet, England; Iris Hart ( Roy), London, England.

Caroline had worked for 15 years at the Marion General tire plant before becoming self-employed. As one of the owners of Marion Tent and Awning, her pleasant voice was the one who answered the phone most often. She was much more than a seamstress; she was a designer, a problem solver and a skilled craftswoman of the highest order.

Caroline had a love of gardening and plants. She could spend the day invigorated from working in her yard. Her favorite tree was the River Birch. Caroline was a keen supporter of local live theater performances, both Civic and University, watching local talent mature each year, and had a passion for good movies seen at a movie theater. She was her husband’s favorite dinner date.  Caroline was a devoted wife and mother whose pleasant manner will be missed by her many friends and family.

To honor her memory and skills, and attempt to perpetuate sewing skills in children and young adults, an endowment has been created at the Grant County Community Foundation in Caroline’s name. Friends and family who remember her kindness can send a donation to the Caroline Hart- Memorial Endowment Fund in care of the Grant County Foundation. A yearly grant will be established to encourage the sewing arts in our community and schools. Please share in my determination to cherish her memory.

Fund Impact:
Community School of the Arts (CSA)

Fund Page Details:
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