Caroline Kortus passed away peacefully on Monday, September 29, 2014 at age 86 in Lynden. Born October 1, 1927 in Leota, MN to Dan and Rikki (Baron) Dooyema. Caroline Dooyema married Albert Kortus in Edgerton, MN on December 12, 1952. They moved to the Sumas/Everson area the summer of 1955, and were dedicated dairy farmers until they retired in 2004. Caroline was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, friends and especially the children. Her children will never forget her quirky teaching ways and her love for causing mischief. She had a big heart and always a smile on her face, with a twinkle in her eye. She loved being around people and she was surrounded by family, until the very end. Caroline is survived by her daughters Gloria Bryce (Herb); Donna Oltman (Greg); Alice Kortus; Karen Eldred (Wes); sons John (Donna); Dan (Brenda); and sister Margaret Guthrie. She had 14 grandchildren; 3 of whom were raised as her own; Tammy Payton, Tracy Muter and Jason Wilson; and 10 great grandchildren.
Farewell Tribute Information
Memorial services will be held Friday, October 10, at 11:00 am at Moles-Greenacres, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale. A reception will follow. Donations Information
In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Caroline’s name to Christian Health Care Center, 855 Aaron Drive, Lynden 98264. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the wonderful care the staff provided to her over the last nine month. The love and compassion showed to her was extraordinary.