Carol R. (Hochstettler) Gillan of Findlay, Ohio, age 87, died at 3:50 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.
She was born in Findlay on August 25, 1933 to the late Paul S. and Edith E. (Tripplehorn) Hochstettler. She was preceded in death by her sister, Miriam R. Sowers and her brother-in-law, Frank Sowers of Albuquerque, NM.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald H. Gillan of Findlay; and their children, sons Scott A. Gillan (Elizabeth) of Columbus, OH, and Alan P. Gillan; daughters Marcia S. Gillan and Deanna Cooley (Clyde); granddaughter Amie E. (Alex) Rogers, and great-grandson, Griffin Rogers, and great-granddaughter, Jade Rogers, all of Findlay. She is also survived by nephews Craig (Laura) Sowers and family, and Keith Sowers and family, both residing in Albuquerque, NM.
Carol graduated from Findlay High School in 1951 and from Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH in 1955, with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She attended post-graduate courses at Findlay College and Bowling Green State University and received her certification to teach Special Education. She taught Special Education for over 16 years at Donnell Middle School and Cory-Rawson Schools. Carol married Gerald H. Gillan on April 18, 1954, at the First Evangelical United Brethren Church in Findlay and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Carol was a member of the Findlay Evangelical Free Church and she belonged to numerous nature organizations. She was a charter member of the Hancock County Naturalists; member of the National Audubon Society; Nature Conservancy; Black Swamp Bird Observatory; and the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies. She was also a member of the Hancock Historical Museum. She was an avid reader and an accomplished seamstress. She loved writing letters to family and friends, enjoyed cooking wonderful birthday and holiday dinners for her family, and was extremely interested in the political climate. She is lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, and a patient and supportive teacher.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home in Findlay. Services will be private.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.