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Carol Aldridge

September 23, 1932 — May 19, 2022

Carol Aldridge

Carol Cunning Aldridge, 89, of Normal, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Interment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorial Contributions may be directed to Clif Rocks!, Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, 307 W University Ave., Champaign, Il, 61820.

Carol was born on September 23, 1932, in Bloomington to Charles and Dorothy Coupe Cunning. She married John Davis “J.D.” Aldridge on June 14, 1953, in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on September 17, 1994.

Surviving are two sons, John Charles (Mari E. Baiocchi) Aldridge of Huntley, and Robert Clifton (Suzanne Meek) Aldridge of Champaign; grandchildren, Christian, Emily, and Will (Jaclyn Danowitz); great-grandchildren, Harrison and Genevieve Aldridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jane Ann (Walter) Kern; and grandson, Clifton Aldridge.

Carol graduated from Bloomington High School in 1950, where she was a cheerleader, a class officer and met her future husband, Jack. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Illinois State Normal University in 1955, where she was a member of the Gramma Theta Upsilon, the international geography honor society. For several years, she was employed as a substitute teacher in District 87, the clerk at Normal Public Library, and following her retirement she worked at the Campaign Office for Bill Brady.

Carol loved to be involved in the community feeling it was her duty to give back. Over the years, she was a past president of Delphi International. She volunteered with the Brokaw Hospital Service League. Carol was a long time cast member in The American Passion Play, playing the part of Martha, beginning in 1961.  She was also in the Christmas Carol at the Consistory for years for several seasons along with the rest of the Aldridge family.  She was involved with Community Players Theatre, where she served as producer, costume chairman, box office chairman, and member of the board of directors. She was a member of the Dinky Dozen Motorcycle Club, where she was past president and rally chairman. Carol was on the McLean County Republican Central Committee, where she served as vice chairman and secretary. She was the past president of the Republican Women’s Club. She was a Volunteer manager of Republican Headquarters and she volunteered with RSVP.  She was the alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000.

Carol was a master at needlepoint and knitting.  She loved riding her R75/5 BMW motorcycle all over the country, enjoyed family downhill skiing trips, was an avid traveler loving to experience new places, loved theatre and swimming in her pool, and was a voracious reader of all genres. What she enjoyed and loved was her family and she cherished the time spent with them all, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carol a wonderful wife, parent, grandparent, great-grandmother, and friend. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

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Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, May 26, 2022

10:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)

Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington

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Funeral Service

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington

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Interment

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Starts at 12:00pm (Eastern time)

Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington

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