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VOELKER, Dr. Carol J. (Filsinger)
VOELKER - Dr. Carol J. (nee Filsinger)
Of La Jolla, CA, passed away April 21, 2017. Carol was born November 5, 1930, in Buffalo, NY, to Howard and Pauline Ruhlman Filsinger. Her husband, Lt. Donald C. Voelker, USNA 1953, preceded her in death on April 15, 1958. Carol is the mother of Paula Christine (Scott) Morlan, Lisa (Thomas) Owczarzak and Paul (Pamela Bair) Voelker. She is survived by her brothers Ray (Deloris) Filsinger of Williamsville, NY, Alan (June) Filsinger of Kenmore, NY and Daniel (Linda) Filsinger of Bay City, MI; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews. Carol was a graduate of Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo State, Rhode Island College and Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where she earned her doctorate. Carol was a resident of La Jolla for more than 50 years. An educator with San Diego City Schools, Carol taught the talented and gifted prior to becoming an administrator, then retired in 1991. Carol was a board member of T.U.R.N., a member and lobbyist for AARP, a past Governor of the Desert Coast Region S.I.A., a board member of Soroptimist International, a board member of La Jolla Rec Council and CALPRIG, a key member of the panel passing the historic AB478 Breast Cancer Bill, a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, founder of the Soroptimist Legislative Fax Network, the Violet Award and the Institute for Students in Science. Carol received many awards for her work and would fondly claim her inspiration was being the granddaughter of a Seneca Falls suffragette, Clara Jeanette Schwert Ruhlman Cottrell, a life-long resident of Buffalo. A memorial and interment will take place at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life.