Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Obituaries - Carolyn (Bolger) Conner


Sunday Obituaries

Carolyn (Bolger) Conner

My Sister-in-Law


    Carolyn Diane (Bolger) Conner, age 86, of Glidden, IA, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, Iowa.

     Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Glidden with Rev. Anna Small officiating.  Organist for the service will be Marlys Conner.  Casket bearers will be Carolyn’s family and friends.  Burial will be in the Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden.

     Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Glidden from 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. on Thursday prior to the service.

     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, IA, and online condolences may be left for the family at

     Carolyn was the daughter of Glenn Harold Bolger and Ada Ruth Thomas Bolger.  She was born August 24, 1934 on a farm in the Star community, Union township, Carroll County, IA.  She attended Star Union #1 school and Star Methodist Sunday school. She graduated valedictorian from Coon Rapids high school in 1952 and first in the music department from Iowa State Teachers College in 1956 where she acquired many life-long friends. Graduate work in education and the Lay Academy for training as a commissioned lay pastor, followed over the years.

     Her marriage to Paul Lester Conner on June 15, 1956 at the First Methodist Church, Coon Rapids, IA marked the beginning of many happy years together until his death April 3, 2004. They lived in the Glidden, IA area where they stayed until December 2012, when she moved to Adel Assisted Living, Adel, IA and later in February 2017 to Spurgeon Manor, Dallas Center, IA.

     Her life work was in the field of education – music and English. She enjoyed learning, music, Bible study, and people. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Glidden, IA where she directed the choir for over 50 years and held many leadership positions at Presbytery, Synod, and National levels. Life membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, NEA, and other service organizations serving youth and older adults.

     Three children blessed this union, Clark Charles Conner (Pat) Ankeny, IA; Karmen Baretich Jones (Anthony) Salt Lake City, UT; and Clair Jay Conner (Larci), Urbandale, IA. Others include: 4 grandchildren – Brett Conner (Lori), Megan Conner Divine (Tim), Justin Conner (Trisha), and Carliann Conner Northfield (Ryan); 6 great-grandchildren – Donovan Charles/Cecily Sloane Conner, Oliver James/Ella Nicole Divine, and Elijah Paul/ Ada Grace Northfield. Sisters – Nancy Ruth Bolger Smith deceased (William) and Janice Joy Bolger and brothers – Robert Glenn Bolger deceased (Carolyn), Alan Thomas Bolger, and Joel Harold Bolger (Cheryl) in addition to many relatives and friends.

Families are Forever!! ;-)