Obituary: Carole Jan Schierholt, 78, Branch.

November 8, 2016
Carole Jan Schierholt

Carole Jan Schierholt


Carole Jan Schierholt, 78, of Branch peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Spectrum Health of Ludington, with her family by her side.

Carole was born on April 30, 1938 in Pontiac to the late Ernest and Ella (Smith) Engel.  She attended Ludington High School and graduated with the class of 1956.  She graduated from Ferris State University with a bachelor of science degree in 1964.  She married Donald Schierholt in Branch on July 18, 1982.

Carole was a teacher for Ludington Area Schools for 29 years.  She retired in June of 1993.  She had a huge passion for knitting, as well as the game of golf.  She was an active member of the Manistee National Golf Club, and Lincoln Hills Golf Club.  She served as the past president and secretary of the Women’s Western Golf Association.  She was highly recognized as a high school and college gymnastics judge. Her passion for golf was tendered by coaching the LHS girl’s golf team for 22 years.  Her love of golf provided her the opportunity to compete on multiple championship golf courses throughout the United States; Including, Hawaii, Florida and Arizona. Carole will be remembered most for her pure kindness, strength and passion for life. Carole was a Gold Star mother.

She is survived by her loving husband, Donald Schierholt; brother, Ernest Fritz (Deloris) Engel; son, Randy (Renee) Hansen; daughters: Christina (Ed) Arnold, Nancy (Lou) Patterson, Beatta (Marc) Needham; granddaughters: Randi (Kevin) Sniegowski, Stephanie (Random) Messeder, Teri Arnold; grandsons: Jake (Erica) Irwin, John Arnold, Kyle (Megan) Hansen, Dylan Hansen, and numerous nephews and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her son, SSGT Steven Mark Hansen.

Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at Lakeview Cemetery of Ludington on Friday, November 11, 2016.  A celebration of life will be held in the spring at Lincoln Hills Golf Club.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Carole may be directed to Hospice of Michigan.

To share a photo or a memory of Carole with her family and friends, please feel free to visit her Book of Memories Page at,

The family has entrusted Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center to handle her arrangements. 

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