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Carole Sue Long

June 26, 1942 — January 12, 2022

Carole Sue Long (Houser) passed away peacefully at 11:24am on January 12th, 2022, after a short illness. She was 79 years old. She was born on June 26th, 1942, to Arthur and Virginia Houser (Schrage) of Wood River, IL.

Carole was a 1960 graduate of East Alton-Wood River High School, where she belonged to the Girls Athletic Association and Future Teachers, but her favorite activities were the choir, marching band, Chorolettes, and the marching drill team.

She worked in banking for over 30 years in the Alton area.

As a young girl she loved to ice skate, do synchronized swimming, going to the Wood River city pool, and attending dances at Jive Land. She loved water, sun, and the outdoors, so she learned to water ski. She also enjoyed camping and hunting.

Carole found fun in traveling over the US and going to locations across the world. She learned to snorkel and had been to most of the Caribbean and to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

In December of 1981 she married Charles E Long Jr at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, IL. They have four children between them: Christina Carole Thoma (Vollintine) and husband Scott; Mark Riggs Vollintine and wife Michelle; Roxanne Marie Foster (Long) and her late husband James H Foster; and son Shawn E. Long.

There are nine grandchildren: Amber Allison Kraus (McCall) and husband Phil; Samantha Lynn Sandidge (Vollintine) and husband Zach; Kayla Christine Southerly (Thoma) and husband Bobby; Joshua Vollintine and wife Lilly; Ariel Annette Foster; Kyle Robert Thoma; Chase Jordan Long; Kurtis Riggs Turner-Thoma and spouse Cody; and Maddisen Long.

Carole loved being a Great Grandmother to this fine group: Dallas Noelle Southerly, Oliver Stephen Kraus, Norah Avery Sandidge, Bristol Paige Southerly, Lincoln Nash Southerly.

Carole is survived by a brother, Donald Houser of Santa Fe, NM and a sister-in-law Lorraine Houser in Madison, Wl. She was preceded in death by a brother Allan Houser, sister Lois Lively, brother-in-law John Lively, sister-in-law Jose Houser, niece Serena Houser, great-grandson Emmett Kraus, son-in-law James Foster, and her parents Arthur and Virginia Houser.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.
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