Karol King died on Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020 in Elmhurst at the age of 67. From her birth to her death, Karol nourished people around her with a free spirit, a sense of adventure & unbridled love. She was born in Cleveland on Sept. 15 ,1953 and was one of five children to Kathleen & Earl King.  Preceding Karol’s passing were here beloved parents, her sister Karen Nisius and younger brother Keith. 

Karol was a true daughter of the Kings.  She had a strong sense of duty and love for her family, cherished animals, was witty and sarcastic, loved an adventure and traveling, savored food and drink, and greatly enjoyed a good story.  She was an accomplished artist and traveler living many places throughout the world to include Hawaii, Germany, Hong Kong and Tonga.  Karol was remarkably accepting of all walks of life. She had an uncanny ability to reach people, touch their lives deeply, earn their trust, and make lifelong friendships with them filled with love.  She was the true Gypsy of the King family.  She will be remembered as being bound by nothing, completely free, adventurous and willing to go anywhere, being able to adapt to any environment, fiercely loving and loyal to her tribe, a fighter and survivor, and being the storyteller and historian of the King family heritage.   

Karol’s survivors, all of whom she loved dearly, gave her purpose and brought her great joy.  Left to honor and remember Karol is her life partner Scott Cuthbert; her older sister Kathy Hollow and her two children Jimmy & Kitty Triou; her brother Kenny and wife Denise and their two children Krissy & Alaina Altman; her nephew Chris Nisius, from her sister Karen; and many extended family and friends around the world.  Karol will forever be remembered, profoundly missed, and held in our hearts with love – Always.

The King family would like to extend their gratitude to the friends of Karol, specifically that of Linda Greer, for their attentiveness & love of Karol through this difficult time. Services will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church from 7 to 8 p.m. Please register if you wish to attend by calling: (630) 600-5100 or email office@elmhurstcrc.org

Burial will be at a later date with her family in Cleveland.


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