Carolyn L. Toornman (nee Keshick), 54, of Petoskey, walked on to the Spirit World on Sept. 8, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.
Carol was born Jan. 27, 1958, in Charlevoix, daughter of Janet Keshick and Elmer Keshick.
Carol was currently employed by URS, Department of Home Land Security for the United States Coast Guard as an aircraft mechanic in Elizabeth City, N.C. Before that she was an employee of Odawa Casino and Resort. Carol was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1980-1984.
In 2009, Carol moved to North Carolina with her soulmate, Joe Fischl, recently returning home to Petoskey to be with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
Carol was a very spiritual person and one of the ways she gave back was through tarot readings. She loved going for long drives to see all the beautiful sceneries, or just to have quality time to talk with her children while driving. She loved long walks to explore nature with her grandchildren, beading and spending time with family and friends. Carol was an amazing artist with her sketches along with her bead work. She was the type of person who would give and help anyone in need.
Those who walked on before her include her father, Elmer Keshick, and her brother, Elmer Behrens.
Carol is survived by her life partner, Joe Fischl; her children, Leia Thompson and fiance, Wayne Vanderhoof, Cory Toornman and significant other, Jennifer Hampton, and Hattie Fischl; her four grandchildren, Olivia Toorman, Alexis Toorman, Declen Thompson and Marlee Fischl; her close friends, Kim Hines, Fred Kiogima, Sherry Shananaquet; and many other family members and friends.
Arrangements have been made for a viewing at Tribal Housing Community Building 5656 Ap Gish Mok Blvd. in Harbor Springs from 5-8 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 10. Native American ceremonies with veteran services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Arrangements are in the care of Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.