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Carolyn Irene (Gillespie) Risch

December 21, 1939 ~ January 1, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Carolyn Risch Obituary

Carolyn Irene Gillespie Wells Risch, 83, peacefully passed away on Sunday, January 1st, 2023 at UnityPoint Hospital in Grinnell, IA surrounded by her children. 

Carolyn was born December 21, 1939 in Newburg, IA to C. Ithel and Ruth Gillespie. Carolyn was the youngest of their four children. Carolyn was in the last graduating class of Newburg High School in 1958. 

Carolyn married Richard A. Wells in 1959 and they had three children together. They later divorced. Carolyn married Donald Risch in 1978 and they were together until his passing in 2002. 

Carolyn held many different positions over the course of her life, including home maker, antique dealer, salesperson, hearing aid technician and jewelry repair person. Carolyn enjoyed traveling, time with family and friends and gardening. 

She is survived by her children: Richard R (Mary) of Oxford, IA, Cynthia (Mark) Castle of Farmington, MN and Brian (Amy) of Atkins, IA; grandchildren, Richard, Matthew, Jeremiah & Jonathon Wells, Jason and Joseph Tischer, Emily Fields, Kaitlyn & Nathan Wells, Amanda Castle and Kelly Carls, along with 13 great-grandchildren; her sister Marilyn Rozendaal of Des Moines, IA, who joined Caroline in Heaven on January 2, 2023, and Eleanor Oslund of Grinnell, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald, and brother, Howard Gillespie.  

A celebration of life for Carolyn will be held at 10:30 am., Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service and again after the service with a lunch at the funeral home.

The family would like to recognize the amazing care and compassion mom received in her final days and years at Windsor Manor and UnityPoint. To know our mother was loved and cared for by others is a blessing to her family. Also thank you to the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.


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May 6, 2023

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539

Celebration of Life
May 6, 2023

10:30 AM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539


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