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Carol Jeanne (Porte) Biesen was born in Hammond, Indiana to Jacob and Ruth (Vander Tuuk) Porte on November 21, 1942. Carol left this Earth at 2:00 am on July 2, 2018 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Herman Biesen. Carol leaves behind three children Kathy (Steve) Kutcka, Jon (Cheryl) Biesen, Kelly (Jeff) Osborne. She was Grammy to eight grandchildren that will miss her dearly; Jacob and Lauren Kutcka; Kyle, Emily, Riley and Gianna Biesen; Arnica and Koa Osborne. Brothers James (Debbie) Porte, Ron (Linda) Porte. Sisters in law Sharon (Chuck) Carter, Margaret (Darrell) Wright, Dorothy (Mike) O’Brien. She also leaves behind her best friend Nancy (Chuck) Talabay. Along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is reunited in heaven with her parents Jacob and Ruth Porte, in laws Clarence (Peewee) and Ruth Biesen, and her brother Dr. Robert J. Porte.
A Visitation will be held Friday, July 6, 2018 at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center 8941 Kleinman Rd (one block south of Ridge Rd) Highland, IN 46322 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Funeral Service will be Saturday at 9:30 am at the Hillside Funeral Home with David Adams officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in memorial of Carol.
Carol was a lifetime resident of Highland, Indiana. She was in the first graduating class at Highland High School in 1960. She attended cosmetology school and worked at Highland Beauty Salon. She married the love of her life on March 31, 1967. She was a stay at home mom to not only her children, but many others as well. She was also co-owner and Secretary Treasurer of the family business, Biesen Excavating, where she worked for numerous years. She taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, and lived her life by following Jesus Christ.
In 1981, she was the Post Tribune Neighbor of the year. Her home was always full of family and friends, which she would welcome with open arms, and say goodbye to with a warm embrace. She loved to spend time at her second home in Florida. She would cook and deliver food to the City Rescue Mission in Hammond. She was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and was involved in numerous activities there. She was also a Stephen Minister. She practiced love, kindness and family values in her daily life which she has passed down to her children, grandchildren and numerous friends and family. She enjoyed classic car cruising with her husband on Lake Shore Drive and also in Amish Country. Prime rib, divinity candy, and crème horns were her weaknesses.
She never met a stranger she couldn’t talk to. Grocery store checkout lines and waiting rooms were classic opportunities to drum up a conversation.
She always said, her home might not be the biggest or fanciest, but it would be filled with children and family and love, laughter and chaos. Carol loved her backyard pool, not so much for herself, but for the family and friends it brought. She was always there to pick you up when you were falling and was a shoulder you could lean on. She always had a loving hug or words that would help in any situation, and would listen for as long as the conversation would require. She had the most comforting words, and the best advice. She would always willingly put other needs ahead of her own without hesitation
Words cannot describe the kind soul Carol was. She enjoyed life. She loved her family with her heart. She was the most beautiful soul anyone could meet.
She was an angel on earth that left too soon, but she is now with her Lord, Jesus Christ, celebrating and watching over her family. The world will not be the same place without her infectious smile and laugh.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com