- April 23, 1929 - December 5, 2015
- Iowa City, Iowa
of Carol's Passing
First United Methodist Church
214 E. Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52245
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“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...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Tracy Varcoe - Hiawatha, IA
“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...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Jackie , Rod and Carol Magness
“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...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Sun-Tak, Soon, Linda, and Helen Hwang - OH
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....Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Ganlin Chen - Taipei Tawan
“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...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Lisa Chin - New York, NY - friend
“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...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Wayne and Nancy Paulson - WI
“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...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Jack Cohen - Belmont, CA
“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...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Rick and Kathy Pelletier - CO
“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...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Lue Puhrman - Omaha, NE - friend
“Our condolences. We are so sorry for loss of your wonderful mother. We will always remember and miss her. You are in our thoughts.
10 of 19 | Posted by: Soo-il and Sun Kim - Flemington, NJ
“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...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Constance Allery - CO
“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...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Robin Scalf - San Angelo, TX
“Maryalyce, Ruthann, Cynthia and Ron, We have such fond memories of your wonderful mother and always looked forward to catching up on the family...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Kay & Don Monkhouse - Radnor, PA
“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,
14 of 19 | Posted by: Harish Pandya - Piscataway, NJ
“Carol was such a wonderful person. My deepest sympathy to her children and grandchildren at this of great loss.
15 of 19 | Posted by: Kathryn Linhardt - Albany, NY
“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...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Richard Chin - Seattle, WA
“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...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Miller
“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.
18 of 19 | Posted by: Jim & Nancy Nugent
“Dear Ruthann, Cynthia, Maryalice and Ron:
I visited with your mother briefly on Saturday. She seemed to recognize me, grasped my hand and pressed...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Keith Guillory - Iowa City, IA
Carol Elizabeth Lach, 86, died Saturday December 5th 2015, at Oaknoll Retirement Community in the Health Center.
Carol was born on April 23, 1929 to Christmas and Mary Lucille Evans and was raised in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers College and taught First Grade at Emerson School in Madison, WI while pursuing a Masters Degree at the Univ. of Wisconsin. During that time she met John Louis Lach, a graduate student in Pharmacy. Carol and John were married in June 1953 and moved to Iowa City, IA when John joined the faculty at the University of Iowa. Carol and John raised four children and traveled extensively throughout the world.
Carol was also actively involved in several University and community clubs and organizations and was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church. Carol was known for her generosity, her kind and welcoming spirit and compassionate nature.
Carol was preceded in death by her father in 1955, her mother in 1981, her loving husband John in 1990, her brother-in-law, Dalton E. Scalf in 2008, and her son-in-law, Tim Kariya in 2012.
Carol is survived by her sister, Shirley Scalf in Abilene, TX, her children and their families, Maryalyce and Bryan Allery of Littleton, CO, Ruthann Lach and Bill Cashner of Edmond, OK, Cynthia Lach and her daughters Megan and Emma of Poquoson, VA and Ronald and Amy Lach and their sons, Christopher and Jordan of Pinehurst, NC.
A Celebration of Life Service to honor Carol's life will be held at Oaknoll Retirement Center on Tuesday December 8th at 2:00 PM in the Assisted Living Recreation Room (1st floor). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, to the Oaknoll Foundation (Education Fund) to provide education benefits for the loving staff who provided excellent care to Carol for so many years or to Iowa City Hospice who provided their caring services for the past 6 months. No viewing or funeral service are planned. Burial will be a private ceremony for family only at Oakland Cemetery.