With great sadness, our adored mother, grandmother and friend, Carol Peklenk Kirchdorfer, 79, a.k.a (CPK Sunshine & Thelma), of Naples, FL went to her heavenly home Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Mom was an extraordinary woman. She loved people. She loved laughter, boating, the beach, being outdoors, condo & cabin adventures in NC, connecting with friends, and most of all, countless weekends grilling, chilling, & pool time with her kids & grandkids.
Mom was a strong and free-spirited woman who lived life on her own terms. She faced adversity with grace and dignity, and her unwavering spirit and positive outlook on life will continue to inspire us all.
Mom imprinted on her children to be strong, fearless, have a vision, help people, make a difference and when mistakes are made, get up, dust off and move forward. Period.
This creed was deeply rooted in soulful connections, welcoming, helping, and loving so many people her entire life’s journey. Starting at her home in Louisville, the hot spot for her children’s many friends, her open arms attitude & desire to see & grow good in everyone, positively impacted so many generations to this day.
Carol’s professional career was simply amazing. Without a college education, mom worked her way up to VP of Huntington Mortgage in Naples Fl. – enjoying a well-deserved corner office on the coveted 5th Ave, minutes away from sacred walks on beach and the best seats ever for July 4th parades with her family & friends!
Carol was never far from young folks, graciously giving her time to schools in Louisville, KY & Fleetwood, NC. Her passion continued in later life, working with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Coordinator for YMCA READS program, helped start arts & crafts programs at Golisano Children’s Museum, helped Habit for Humanity to build 1st library in Immokalee and volunteering at Crossroads, an alcohol and drug recovery arm of David Lawrence Center, continuing her God-given ability to influence and change countless lives.
Originally from Louisville, KY, the eldest child of Walter and Lucille Peklenk, Carol graduated from Butler high school. Mom’s legacy lives on, her three children, Debbie, Greg & Kevin (her Miracle Angel), daughter-in-law Leanne, along with six grandchildren, Kenny, Dustin, Samantha Slusser and Conner, Cullen, and Chloe Kirchdorfer. Her great grandson Dustin Slusser Jr., her sister Marilyn Colyer, brother-in-law Ron Colyer, sister-in-law Phyllis Peklenk, nieces Teri Thomas Wakefield, Michelle Thomas Hammon, Tina Peklenk and nephew Todd Peklenk.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at Cornerstone Church, 8200 Immokalee Rd. Naples, FL. 34119, on June x, 2023 at 10am. Flowers are accepted at Cornerstone Church the morning of the services. There will also be a Celebration TBD in Louisville, KY. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Carol Peklenk Kirchdorfer, please donate to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: https://www.missingkids.org/ .
Baldwin Brothers, Fort Myers, FL, is entrusted with final care.
Fort Myers, Fort Myers
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