Carolyn Hodapp

10/18/1938 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 08/11/2020
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
  • Funeral Service
Date: 08/11/2020
Time: 11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm


The family of Carolyn Hodapp will celebrate her life of 81 years at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.  She passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020. The service will be live-streamed and be available for thirty days on this page. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon.

Carolyn Hodapp was born on October 18, 1938, to Emil and Cecilia Nelson in New Virginia, Iowa. She married Dennis on June 1, 1957, in Harlan, Iowa. While Dennis served in the United States Army, they traveled the world sharing their dreams and making memories. Carolyn enjoyed styling hair and gave back by working as a cosmetology instructor. When her children were young, she was also involved in every activity with them.  She loved to entertain and prepare for family celebrations.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Dennis Hodapp; their children, Terri Hodapp Soliz, and husband, Alex; and Dennis William Hodapp; grandchildren, Blake Malick and wife, Heather; and Spenser Malick and wife, Erika; great-grandchildren, Paxton, Brooke, and Kellan Malick; and sister, Shirley Bancoy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Cecilia Nelson; two brothers, Bob and Bill Nelson.

Celebration of Life


9 thoughts on “Carolyn Hodapp”

  1. This memorial for Carolyn was wonderful. Really nice to have seen her has a
    young lady. We were friends for so many years they are great friends and missing
    Carolyn so hard. Never ready to loose a good friend. She is now out of her pain and
    suffering. I will certainly miss her and our every Saturday night eat outs. There was 6
    of us every Saturday now only 3 of us still here.
    She will be missed. Yes when this virus is over we will still have Denny with us to enjoy.
    Much love to Denny.

  2. Dennis and Terry, Spenser and Blake.
    I am saddened for you all with the loss of your wife, mom and grandmom. She was such a beam of sunshine.
    Judy and I send our sympathies.

  3. We will all miss Carolyn. We, Vicky, Carolyn, and I, and at one time there was Beverly, all had lunch together every couple of weeks. Then Bev left
    us and now Carolyn. We are going to miss Carolyn. She was a joy to be with. Her nails were always done to perfection and her hair was always
    coifed perfectly. Denny loved taking care of Carolyn. Towards the latter days, when I got to the restaurant, Carolyn was already sitting there with
    her food already in front of her. Her loving husband Denny would make sure she had everything to her liking before he left. He, more than anyone.
    is going to miss her most of all. Just know she is in God’s hands now and free from pain. I know just how you are feeling.
    Jo Burns

  4. What a wonderful tribute to Carolyn. Beautiful service. My thoughts, prayers and love are with each of you. You have lots of memories and I know you will cherish each of them.
    God bless you all!!

  5. Carolyn, we are all here for a short time and only our friends and relatives really know who we are and appreciate what we have contributed to their lives and the many others that have crossed our path. RIP

  6. I just watched Carolyn’s service. I have so many fun memories of her. I am so happy she was my classmate and we had such good times that I now remember and think back on. My sympathy to all.

  7. I have some fond memories of Carolyn during our early years in Harlan besides being class mates. My deepest sympathy to the family as this is always a trying time in our live.

  8. Kathy Voge Palmer

    Carolyn was a dear friend of mine in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

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