Condolence & Memory Journal

I first met Carol when I joined the First United Methodist Church 28 yrs. ago. She was a very loving and caring person, I enjoyed her company and her smile.
She was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed.

Posted by Tracy Varcoe - Hiawatha, IA - Friend   February 04, 2016

We remember Carol and Shirley staying with us quite a few years ago and we have fond memories of them here at house. Sorry I do not have any pictures.
Our thoughts are with you and the family at this sad time.

Posted by Jackie , Rod and Carol Magness - Camberley, Surrey, UK - 2nd cousins   January 08, 2016

Dear Maryalice, Ruthann, Cynthia, and Ron,

We were so sorry and saddened to hear about Carol's passing.

The Lach family was a continuous part of our lives, from the time Soon was a graduate student of John's through later years even after our family moved away from Iowa City.

We have many fond memories that include visiting the lovely Lach home to the thoughtful gifts John and Carol sent us (including Richard Scarry's illustrated dictionary). And, of course, we always looked forward to Carol's wonderful, newsy Christmas letters.

Our condolences for your loss. We will miss Carol greatly; she is a special, unique person.

Sun-Tak, Soon, Linda, and Helen Hwang

Posted by Sun-Tak, Soon, Linda, and Helen Hwang - Cincinnati, OH - Dr. Lach's student and friend   January 07, 2016


Dear Ron,

It was with deep sorrow that I have just learned of the death of Mrs. Lach.
She was very nice to us even after we returned to Taiwan.
We loved and admired her very much.

Please accept my condolences over so great a loss.

Ganlin Chen

Posted by Ganlin Chen - Taipei Tawan - student   December 23, 2015

Carol was a big part of the Chin's family. She and John Lach welcomed us into their home and helped my parents ever since they first moved to the US. She gave me my name Lisa.

Carol will always have a special place in our hearts.

Posted by Lisa Chin - New York, NY - friend   December 13, 2015

We are so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. We have so many memories of our fun times together with your parents. We especially recall rousing games of bridge once a month for YEARS!

Much love,
Wayne and Nancy

Posted by Wayne and Nancy Paulson - Stoughton, WI - Friend   December 11, 2015

I was an early graduate student of John Lach, receiving my PhD under his guidance. My wife Betty and I remember John and Carol fondly. They were warm and generous people who we feel privileged to have known during our time in Iowa City. Our sincere condolences to their children and grandchildren.

Jack Cohen

Posted by Jack Cohen - Belmont, CA - Student of John Lach   December 10, 2015

We were very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. When she would visit Colorado for the holidays, we enjoyed talking with her and listening to family stories. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. May the memories you share with family and friends comfort you in the days ahead.

Posted by Rick and Kathy Pelletier - Colorado Springs, CO - Brother and Sister-in-law   December 08, 2015

I was sorry to hear of Carol's death. She had been a good Quester friend in past years. I tried many times to see how she was doing but did not get any return response so I am really sorry that I had not been to see her.
We did enjoy working together on projects. We usually rode to meetings together and shared many good conversations and fun times.
I know she enjoyed the times visiting her daughters and looked forward to visits from you. You have my sincere sympathy. LUE

Posted by Lue Puhrman - Omaha, NE - friend   December 08, 2015

Our condolences. We are so sorry for loss of your wonderful mother. We will always remember and miss her. You are in our thoughts.

Posted by Soo-il and Sun Kim - Flemington, NJ - Dr. Lach's Student   December 08, 2015


Though I did not see Carol often I thought of her in Iowa. She had many friends to keep her warm, as well as visiting her children. Our family's prayers for her and to their family in this sad time.

Posted by Constance Allery - Colorado Springs, CO - Our children are marrieds   December 08, 2015

Dear Maryalice, Ruthann, Cynthia and Ron:

We are so fortunate to have all of you and our beloved Aunt Carol and Uncle John in our lives. I have many memories of our family (Dalton and Shirley Scalf and kids) visiting you all in Iowa City and also at the farm. In particular, I always loved Aunt Carol's sense of humor, and enjoyed reading her holiday letters. I have memories as a teenager of having sing-alongs with Aunt Carol on piano, and me attempting to follow along on guitar. The most important memories I have of Aunt Carol are of her warmth and her love of family. We know now that she is at peace.

Love to all,
Robin and Kathy Scalf and family

Posted by Robin Scalf - San Angelo, TX - Nephew   December 08, 2015

Maryalyce, Ruthann, Cynthia and Ron, We have such fond memories of your wonderful mother and always looked forward to catching up on the family activities in her Christmas letter.
We join you in celebrating her life and remember the times we spent with you all in Iowa City and at the farm. May God bless you and your families and give you comfort as we mourn her loss and celebrate her journey to the applause of heaven. Love, Don and Kay

Posted by Kay & Don Monkhouse - Radnor, PA - Student of John & Babysitters   December 08, 2015

My condolences. Your mother was so kind and welcoming lady. Although I met her only once, she was very kind to me. May her soul rest in piece,

Posted by Harish Pandya - Piscataway, NJ   December 08, 2015

Carol was such a wonderful person. My deepest sympathy to her children and grandchildren at this of great loss.

Posted by Kathryn Linhardt - Albany, NY   December 08, 2015

I grew up in Iowa City where my Dad studied and later worked under Dr. Lach at the College of Pharmacy. I remember Carol welcoming our family to her home for holiday parties and celebrating with us when my parents became US citizens. She was a warm and generous host. We ate Chinese food at home, so the first tuna sandwich and deviled eggs that I ever ate were made by Carol.

Posted by Richard Chin - Seattle, WA - friend   December 07, 2015

I enjoyed fixing Carol's hair weekly. She was always happy and content. I truly admired that about her....not to mention her humor. May peace and grace be yours in abundance. Kathy Miller

Posted by Kathy Miller    December 07, 2015

Our condolences. Your mother was so kind and welcoming to us when Jim did his Ph.D. under Dr. Lach. She was a gracious and caring woman.

Posted by Jim & Nancy Nugent - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Can - Former student of Dr. Lach   December 07, 2015

Dear Ruthann, Cynthia, Maryalice and Ron:

I visited with your mother briefly on Saturday. She seemed to recognize me, grasped my hand and pressed it firmly. She was a dear friend and I will miss her.


Posted by Keith Guillory - Iowa City, IA - Friend of many years   December 06, 2015