Carol McCauley Flansburg died April 20, 2015, at Mercy West Lakes Hospital in West Des Moines surrounded by her children.
Carol was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Chicago to James C. and Clara (Stolteben) McCauley in Chicago, and was raised in Dubuque by her mother and aunt, Hildegarde Stolteben. She graduated from Clarke College, and pursued a master’s degree at the University of Iowa. There, she met her future husband, James S. Flansburg, while working at The Daily Iowan.
Carol was a champion of civil liberties, and fiercely encouraged her children to think independently. She was known for her passion for life, her love of laughter, and her gift for making long-lasting friends. She was also known for her cocktail hours and her casseroles, which were served hot … but late.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Hoerner and brother James J. McCauley.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years; her children, Susan (Alan Sivell), James M. (Kevin LeMaster), Elizabeth (Thomas Duff), Jane (Sean Peters); and four grandchildren, Page, Jamie, Jimmy and Emily. She also is survived by her aides – her angels – Angela, Barb, Emily and Leslie, and Carrie The Cat.
Services will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines at 11 a.m. Saturday. Family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will be at Glendale Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Clarke University in Dubuque, or the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines.