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The Rev. Caroline G. Angus

THE REV. CAROLINE G. ANGUS, aged 82 years, ordained priest of the Episcopal Church, beloved wife of John C., dear mother of Lorraine and Charles (fiancée Shannon Rice), loving grandmother of Rebecca and Theodore, treasured sister of Donald C. Gezon (Patricia), Cindy Laux (Dave), and Bill Gezon (Kathy), sister-in-law to Charles and Laurel Angus, fond aunt and great-aunt, also survived by her cherished friends, Ana and Dalton Downs, Jim Greer, and Mary Jo and Jeanne Lackamp. Caroline was the rector of St. Luke Episcopal Church in Cleveland for 16 years, and also served other Episcopal Churches and Ministries in Cleveland. Contributions in memory of the Rev. Angus suggested to Episcopal Community Services, c/o Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115; or to Lawrence School, 10036 Olde Rt. 8, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067.

Caroline Helen Gezon Angus, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 16, 1936 to Loraine Garratt and Richard Harold Johnson. She was raised by her mother and stepfather Donald A. Gezon, and following her mother’s death, by her stepmother Anne K. Gezon.  Family was very important to Caroline, she was the eldest of four siblings, Don, Cindy, and Bill, and she treasured them and their families. She enjoyed a close relationship with her aunt, Vivian Garratt, and her grandmother Jane Garratt.

While in graduate school, Caroline met John Angus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They married in 1960 and moved to Minnesota after John completed his PhD. In 1963 they moved to Cleveland, Ohio where their children Lorraine and Charles were later born.

Caroline had a lifelong curiosity and love of learning. Her education began in a one room school in rural Michigan. She graduated from National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington D.C., earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Michigan State University, and a masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Michigan. In the 1970s she pursued a call to the ministry, and studied at Case Western Reserve University and Seabury Western Theological Seminary.

She began her working life teaching 6th grade in Dearborn Michigan and St. Paul Minnesota. Caroline was Director of Christian Education for St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Roseville Minnesota, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cleveland. Caroline was ordained to the transitional diaconate and the Episcopal priesthood in 1983. She was mentored by Bishops John H. Burt and Arthur B. Williams, Jr., and her dear friends and colleagues in ministry, Dalton Downs, Mary Anderson, Jim Greer, Mary Jo Lackamp and Stephen Secaur.

Caroline served St. Luke Episcopal Church, Cleveland for 16 years, retiring as rector in 1998. She served in leadership positions in several community organizations including the West Side Ecumenical Ministry, the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, the West 65th Street Ecumenical Cluster, the Ohio Scottish Games Board of Trustees, Ohio Scottish Arts School, and the Lawrence School Board of Trustees.

In retirement Caroline and John enjoyed travel and time with their friends and family, including their adored grandchildren Rebecca and Theodore Hubish, and their beloved collie, Mairi. Caroline’s sense of justice, her compassion, and belief in God’s loving presence was a constant throughout her life. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral service Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 435 SOM Center Rd., Mayfield Village (44143) at 11 AM. Friends received at a reception following the service. Burial in the summer of 2019 at Lake Forest Cemetery, Grand Haven, MI. Arrangements entrusted to THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID.

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  1. Kathleen Lackamp :

    Dear John,

    I am so sorry to hear of Caroline’s death. Please know that both Debbie and I have held you in special prayer. I can well see Jerry and Caroline enjoying some good laughs.

    I hope you too are feeling better. This has been a real test for you and i’m sure you came out with a glowing A. Kathleen Lackamp

  2. Phyllis Witriol :

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to all of you. May her memory be a blessing.

  3. John, I am so sorry. But what a life she had. I read every word of the obituary. I’m a 1936 person too. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know her, except for how to spell her name! Blessings. Nana Landgraf, Judson Manor

  4. Stephen Secaur :

    Caroline was my classmate at seminary and later a colleague in ministry at St. Bartholomew’ Church in Mayfield Village and also a dear friend. She will be sorely missed

  5. John Kurt Entsminger :

    Rev. Caroline was a remarkable person, whose council and friendship as my Rector at Luke’s, will always be remembered fondly. May Light perpetual shine upon her. To John , Lori, Sam,and family my sincere condolences, John

  6. So many wonderful memories of Caroline. She was a beacon of light in my life and welcomed me with open arms into the Episcopal church, that must have been close to 30 years ago, at St. Luke’s. I had been raised in the Catholic church, and even as a child questioned why there were no “woman priests.” Nobody ever explained it to me either. In my world, they didn’t exist. Rev. Caroline was the first “woman priest” I ever experienced and that opened my world up so much. I am so sad at her passing, but also rejoice in everything she was, everything she did, everyone she touched, and everything she passed on to the world (including her entire family. May light perpetual shine upon her

  7. Joseph Rodriguez :

    I remember Rev Caroline very vividly from St Luke’s she was always kind and warm hearted. She loved her calling and was truly an inspirational person. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family

  8. My deepest condolences to the family. She was the best Reverend at my former church, St. Luke’s Episcopal and watched my siblings and I grow up a bit. (The Lopez children)

  9. Margaret Johnson Fossett :

    Reverend Caroline was an amazing person she watch and guilded my children Josh Jenny Jessie McGee as she did all who came into her path ..She was Truly an amazing person who I was fortunate enough to call my Friend ….My prayers to her Family as I know how much she treasure her Family

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