Carole Lorraine Nagel passed away unexpectedly on January 28th, 2019 surrounded by loved ones at the age of 74.
Born December 23, 1944 to Joseph and Lorraine Kotar, Carole was a kind-hearted soul with a warm smile who touched the lives of many. She was the second of three Kotar children – elder brother Wally Kotar of Solon, IA and younger sister Betty Kotar of Cedar Rapids, IA.
Carole attended St. Nick’s grade school and was a graduate of Madonna High School in Aurora. It was shortly after graduating high school when she met the love of her life, Kenneth M. Nagel, a then Marmion Academy student. They married in the Spring of 1967 and had five children together.
Carole left a lasting impact on everyone she met. From her time as a Secretary to the Publisher of the Beacon News in Aurora, IL to her years behind the counter of the quaint Little Traveler shop in Geneva, IL to her countless years of service at St. Mary’s Parish in Plano, IL as a member of the Council of Catholic Women and the Adoration Committee, as well as serving as Marmion Mothers Club president just to name of few. Carole’s upbeat spirit made a memorable impression on everyone she ever met.
She is survived by her husband, Ken (married 51 years), their four children, Brenda Nagel Cano and husband Andrew of Plano, IL, Molly Nagel Clayton and husband Grant of Atlanta, GA, Jason Nagel and wife Jenny of Aurora, IL, and Betsy Nagel Kowal of Aurora, IL. She also leaves behind a small army of grandchildren (a dozen to be exact), Madeline Cano of Des Moines, IA, Shane Cano and Olivia Cano of Plano, IL, Miles, Sadie, and Phoebe Clayton of Atlanta, GA, Cara, Braden, and Evan Nagel of Aurora, IL and Lauren, Paige, and Kayla Kowal of Aurora, IL.
She is preceded in death by both of her parents and her third child, Jill Marie Nagel.
Carole was a very active woman. When she wasn’t traveling the globe with her husband, you could find her either on the golf course, elbows-deep in her lush garden or spending time with her close friends.
She especially enjoyed Sundays in the summertime chilling and grilling by the pool with her family and a nice glass of pinot grigio.
Friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South St., Plano, IL.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1001 N. Center Ave., Plano, IL. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Aurora, IL.
Memorials in Carole’s name may be directed to the St. Mary Catholic School Scholarship Fund or to the Carole and Ken Nagel Marmion Academy Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or 630-552-7211.