In loving memory of

Carolyn L. Woods
February 13, 1937 - January 6, 2022

Carolyn L. Woods, 84, of Canton, passed away at 11:26 pm on January 6, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on February 13, 1937 in Canton to Ralph and Ada (Sexton) Wilson. Carolyn married James W. Woods. He preceded her in death on November 27, 1989. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one sister Joanne Crosetto and one niece Chris Brissett.
Surviving is one son Steve (Colleen) Van Rossem of Park Ridge, two step children: Kathy (Eric) Franz of Goodfield and Mike (Judy) Woods of Haslet, TX, four grandchildren; Brian Franz, Zach (Allison) Franz, Nick (Lucinda Morris) Franz and Mike Woods, two great-grandchildren; Lili and Nora Franz, one sister-in-law Linda Woods and three nieces; Lora (Chuck) Fischer, Audra (Joe) Medvesky and Sabra (Pat) Maurice.
Carolyn treated her step-children, their spouses and grandchildren like her natural born family. She loved to walk and had a joy for life. She loved to socialize with everyone no matter their age. She was always willing to help others and volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over 30 years. Carolyn was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be a graveside service at 11 am, Saturday, May 21 at Greenwood Cemetery. A celebration luncheon will take place immediately following the service at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Memorials can be made to either the First Christian Church or the YMCA of Canton. Oaks- Hines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit


Matthew Alwood wrote on May 21, 2022:

"I had the distinct pleasure of living next door to Carolyn for many years as I was growing up. Despite the shenanigans that the neighborhood kids were always up to, she was always patient and kind to us. Throughout college, I always looked forward to catching up with her when I?d visit home. Rest In Peace, Carolyn."

Joan and Ron Fahnestock wrote on May 18, 2022:

"Carolyn was a beautiful woman Steve so sorry for your loss. RIP Carolyn R & J"

Juan Beaton wrote on Jan 17, 2022:

"Steve. my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. May the wonderful memories you have of her bring you some solace during this very difficult time."

Dan Olsen wrote on Jan 17, 2022:

"Steve, so sorry for your loss. I'll be thinking of you and your family. Dan Olsen"

Jada Hudson wrote on Jan 16, 2022:

"Steve and Colleen, Kendall and I are both thinking of you at this time. We are both so very sorry for your loss. I wish there was something that I could do to take some of the pain away. I respect you both so much for your genuine and deep rooted family values. I?m alway there for you anytime! Sincerely, Jada and Kendall"

Cathy Braner wrote on Jan 13, 2022:

"Steve, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. In the few years we've worked together, I have always been touched by the times you shared stories about your Mom. It was evident to me that you were a wonderful son to her, and you took great care of her. Something tells me your Mom was extremely proud of you, and I hope that brings you peace and comfort. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy Braner"

Sue Waugh wrote on Jan 13, 2022:

"Steve & Colleen - My heartfelt, deepest condolences for you and your family. I'm keeping you and Colleen in my prayers, as well as your family. May God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time now and in the days to come."

Rachel Pallett wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Dear Steve, we are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you, Colleen, the whole family and Carolyn?s friends and neighbours. Reading the tributes, it?s clear she will be much missed by many. Sending all our love from the UK, Rachel, Billy and Stella xxx"

Juditha A. Seghers wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Steven and colleen. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of your loss. Eternal rest grant unto her and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace."

Mark Hoppe wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Steve and Colleen, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your family during this very difficult time. Mark and Shari Hoppe"

Bernita Hammond-Trigg wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"I have known Carolyn for many years and we have been neighbors for the last 28 years. Her smile and friendly personality will be missed. So sorry for your loss, I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends."

Mike and Debbie Elam wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"We are so sorry for the loss of Carolyn. She was one of the nicest, sweetest ladies?.always smiling and friendly. Will miss seeing her on her walks. Mike and Debbie Elam"

Laura Kallio wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Steve, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our sincere sympathy to you and all who knew her and wishing you strength during this difficult time. I am so glad you were able to enjoy time this past holiday season with her. A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory. May you find peace and comfort in your memories. Prayers to you and your family. Laura & Jerry Kallio"

Brad Berliner wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Steve, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My condolences to you and your family. Brad Berliner"

Karla Genitoni wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Steve, Please accept my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Karla Genitoni"

Al Madden wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Al Madden I am so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Steve's mom. It was clear from conversations with Steve that she was a large part of your lives. I never had the privilege of meeting Steve's mom but she had to be a truly remarkable person to have such an exemplary son. My prayers are with you and your family"

Bob and Anna Coco wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Steve and Colleen, Anna and I cannot begin to share the sadness we felt upon hearing of the tragic passing of Steve's mother. Steve, from the many stories you have shared with me over the years it is obvious that the two of you were very close and shared a wonderful relationship. Hopefully those memories will help carry you through this difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you and your entire family. God Bless. Bob and Anna Coco"

Scott and Mary Robbins wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Steve and Colleen, Mary and I send our heart-felt condolences to you both and your entire families. The stories you shared about your mom with so many of us were filled with love and laughter that clearly told the story of how wonderful a mother and person she was. You will all be in our hearts and our prayers through this difficult time. God Bless."

MIchael Mullane wrote on Jan 9, 2022:

"Steve, Colleen, and Woods family: On behalf of Cathy and I, we offer our condolences to you on the sudden loss of your mom. I know how much family meant to you. It was only a few days ago that we shared a few laughs of our holiday adventures with our moms and families. We are very sorry for your loss Steve. Your mom must have been an amazing person from reading the tributes below. May God bless your families during these difficult times. Mike and Cathy Mullane "

Steve Kolasa wrote on Jan 9, 2022:

"Steve so sorry to hear about your Mom !!!! God Bless her and your family !!! Steve & Cheryl Kolasa"

Pamela Gannon wrote on Jan 9, 2022:

"Sending our hearfelt condolences in the passing of your mom, Steve. In the 27 years we have worked together, I feel like I got to know your mom in the loving stories you told about her and also the funny ones of when you were growing up. I know you gave her the business as teenage boys do, but she also knew how much you loved and relied upon her even to this day when she was relying on you more and more. I remember meeting her and understanding what a wonderful mom to have raised such a caring, kind, compassionate man that I am lucky to work with all these years. Sending love and hugs and sympathies to you and Colleen. Pamela, Sean, Jake and Lia"

Marla J. Hawkins wrote on Jan 9, 2022:

"Steve - I?m thinking about you and I?m so very sorry for your loss! Marks Hawkins "

Carolyn West wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"My heartfelt condolences to Carolyn's son Steve and her entire family. Carolyn & I lived just two doors apart since 1974. She would call and say "Hi Carolyn 240. This is Carolyn 210". Our husband's worked together at IH. The concept of "IH/Navistar Retirees - Canton Group" was formulated around my dining room table by Carolyn, myself and four other ladies in October 2013. She and Jim rang our doorbell several Halloween nights in fantastic costumes. She always smiled and greeted those she met on her daily walks. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace 210."

JoEllen (Putrich) and Charlie Albertson wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Dear Carolyn?s Family, Please accept our sympathies in the passing of Carolyn. We know that you will all miss her much. May God comfort you all and bless you with happy memories! When I was a pre-teen, Jim and Carolyn came trick or treating to my parents? home with Carolyn dressed and bearded as a man and Jim with makeup, dress, and heals. Their costumes were so good and the fact they kept silent, we truly didn?t know who it was for a long time. They played their parts and gave my family joy that evening to remember with laughter for years to come. I truly have many happy and loving memories of Carolyn, Jim, Steve, and the extended family. As Carolyn expressed in her Christmas card to us this year that she hoped to see us again soon? it will be in Heaven instead and we are happy that she is there because of her love of Jesus. God bless and comfort you all, JoEllen (Putrich) and Charlie Albertson "

David & Bea Meeker wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Dave & I knew Carolyn as members of First Christian Church and living on Gettysburg Dr, around the corner from her. Never saw her without a smile and she would tell me that when her house was built, the area where we live was just a filed. She had seen many changes and made lots of friends, both in church & around her home. Carolyn will be missed by all that knew her and I know our lives have been enriched having known Carolyn."

Mel Lafary wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"I worked with Carolyn for 22 years at IH until it closed. She was one of the most gracious people you could ever know. She was always happy never knew a stranger and just a pleasure to know and have as a friend in my life. The first birthday card that came on my 80th was from her. I am glad she was in my life and all the people at Harvest felt the same way I am sure"

Gary Jan and Brad Hannam wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. "

Joyce Crick wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"My family and I send our deepest condolences. Your mom was always so friendly when we had a chance to meet. Steve, you made her very proud and she made you the special person you are . All our love, The Cricks"

Marianne Theobald wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"My deepest sympathy. "Memories that bless & burn. Oh, how it hurts." Thinking especially of you Steve & Lori. I hope they play Pitch in Heaven because I know and sure miss 3 ladies sitting at the table!"

Amy Patterson Reynolds wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Steve, Colleen, and family, I was devastated to hear about the loss of your dear mother. She was a special lady and wonderful neighbor to my sister Lizzy and her family. She also loved to visit with their fur baby Bella on her long walks. I loved visiting with your mom when I was home, if I was lucky enough to catch her buzzing by. We always caught up on how you and Colleen were doing and all the family news. She was a proud mama! I?ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you Steve! Blessings- Amy Patterson Reynolds "

Max & Lucille Latimer wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"We send prayers and hugs to Steve, Colleen, and all of Carolyn's families. May your beautiful memories give you peace, comfort, and pride in all of your tomorrows!"

James and Brenda Yaeger wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"She was an Amazing Lady and Neighbor. She always had a smile when you would see her. Whenever she would walk by our house, which was often, she always made time to talk to you if you were outside. Condolences to the family"

Lori Willis wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Steve, Colleen, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Frank and I, and our son Matthew, lived in the house next door to your mother from 2008 to 2020. We loved being her neighbor! She loved her neighborhood and her neighbors well. She always had time for a visit ?across the fence? and loved to pet our little dog, Sadie. As Matt progressed through college, she always asked how he was doing. Of course, she kept an impeccable yard! We teased her that we mowed our yard once for every three times she mowed hers. ;). We live in North Alabama now, but we were in Canton for the holidays, and I had hoped to stop by and visit Carolyn, but then Matthew tested positive for Covid, and we all had to quarantine. I wish I could?ve visited with her once more. Please know your mom was both loved and respected by those who knew her, and we will certainly miss her. Please let us know somehow when her Celebration of Life is scheduled. I am on Facebook and Messenger as ?Lori Willis (Lori Shell-Willis)? in Huntsville, AL. Love, Lori and Frank Willis."

Janet Edmonds wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"My sincere condolences and prayers to the family, May Gods loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very difficult time. Matthew 5:4"

Gail Ludwigsen wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Steve and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Carolyn was the best. We will miss her so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Liz Clark, Gail Ludwigsen & Sharon Key"

Max(Cheryl Scott wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"So sorry to learn of Carolyn?s passing. She was sweet, friendly person. I?ll miss seeing her walking on Main Street and or short visits around town. Our hearts thoughts and prayers are with you Steve and family. M/C Scott "

Nancy Bentley wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Kathy and family so very sorry for your loss of Carolyn . "

Donald St. Clair wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Condolences to Carolyn's family. Our world is a better place in that she was here. God bless her and her family. I was blessed to have known her."

Gail Olson wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Carolyn was such a wonderful neighbor and friend! This neighborhood won?t be the same without her! I am so sorry for your loss Steve and family! "

Jim Carter wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Always had that wonderful smile and sense of humor ! ALWAYS happy to see her ! Jim Carter"

Maria Orwig wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"So very sorry for the loss of Carolyn. She was one of a kind. She always shared a smile & kind words. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. "

Susan Perez wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"So sad to hear of Carolyn's passing. She was a happy, sweet, witty, kind, active lady, and she will be missed!"

Joyce Harland wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Steve, your mom was a friend to me and to many others. Bob and I valued her friendship. She spoke often of you and later Colleen with such love. I know your relationship with her was very special. No words can express how sorry I am. God bless you in the difficult days ahead. Joyce Harland"

Rick and Tanya Games wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"I'm so sorry for your loss of such a nice woman. No matter where or when I saw her she was so kind and very friendly. God Bless."

Dee and Denny Doubet wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Denny and I were so sad to learn of Carolyn?s passing tonight. She was a wonderful woman and a good friend to all who knew her. It will be so sad to see her empty seat at church every week. We will miss you, Carolyn! ?"

Jim Brown wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Steve - Deepest condolences on your loss. "

Audra wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"She was a good Aunt to myself & my sister & great aunt to our children as well as a special sister in law to my mother She was so caring always remembered & took part in our birthday and special celebrations. We will sure miss her "

Alice Herrick wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Carolyn was a Lovely lady that I was lucky enough to know and meet. My Sympathies and Prayers are with all her family and friends."

Caitlin Mason wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Carolyn was our neighbor and one of my favorite church ladies. She was one of the first people to welcome us to Canton when we moved here. She kindly remembered our boys at Halloween and set aside special treats for them. She always had time to stop and talk when I was walking past her house. The news of her death is heartbreaking, she will be greatly missed."

Sabra Maurice wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"She was a good hearted loving woman who stayed connected to her family her step kids and their kids and the rest of Jim?s family like Jim?s brother Jack and sister in law Linda Woods and their daughters her nieces Sabra and Audra and their children with love support and time with them she will be missed "

Diane Rude wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Carolyn was one of my favorite patients. She was always so kind, happy and smiling. My heart is so very sad and I grieve with you. May God grant peace when we cannot understand. "

K Scot Reynolds wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"We always enjoyed a quick wave from Carolyn, who was out walking when we walked our dog Daisy. She also regularly gave a friendly wave when she drove by our home by Lincoln School. She will most certainly be missed. Everyone in the family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Blessings, Scot and Denise Reynolds"

Peggy Malott wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"So very sorry for your loss. I will miss her so much. She was my neighbor, but also my friend. I will miss our long chats. She always chuckled about the time I thought her car had been stolen and it was only being serviced. She made a point to tell me after that, so I wouldn?t worry. Prayers of comfort to all her family and friends.?"

Connie Heller wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"I am so sadden to hear this! She was a great walking partner, even with the age difference we could talk for the whole walk. I don?t think she ever met a stranger! I feel like I know Steve and Colleen (and her granddog) she talked about you guys so much! I will miss her everyday! She was one of a kind! You are in my prayers. "

Judy Wickert wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Our Carolyn was such a sweet little lady. She was our friend, neighbor and family church member. She will certainly will be missed. So dependable and a smile for everyone Jim and Judy Wickert"

Diane Schrodt wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"The world was a better place because of the life she led. Carolyn was a genuine Christian lady bringing great joy to many. ?"

Elaine Putrich wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Steve, my thoughts and prayers are with you! And so are my children's, JoEllen's, Ty's, and Tad's! "

Thershea Fillingham wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Such a lovely lady, she loved down the street from us.Would see her walking in the mornings,she will be missed."

Janice Dare Bruster wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Carolyn was my friend and neighbor. I marveled at how she walked 4 miles a day, no matter what! She used a treadmill in bad weather!. She was kind, caring, helpful and always had a smile on her face and waved when she drove by my house! I will miss her terribly. She is probably organizing an exercise program in heaven right now! Prayers to her family.??? "