Carolyn Sue (Woodbury) Bruening, age 86, of Lake Zurich, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.

She was a loving mother to Julie Bruening and Jeffrey Bruening (Rikki); cherished grandmother to Amanda (Monique), Zachary, Samantha (Corey), Lindsay (Eddie) and Riley (Matt); cherished great-grandmother to William; dear sister to Clarence Woodbury (Ruth), Norma Hendricks (Woodbury), Robert Woodbury (Bernice) and Janice Gibbel (Woodbury); and beloved aunt to many.

Carolyn was a hard worker and business owner. Later she lived with her daughter’s family and helped to raise her grandchildren, Lindsay and Riley. Carolyn loved her family. She loved seeing them and talking with them. She loved to cook and bake and was excellent at both. She enjoyed painting and drawing for many years and generously gave her art to family members. She loved to travel with her family from her parents, her family and then with her grandchildren.

Her smile was infectious and made all those around her smile too. Her hugs were filled with love and if you received one, you felt it. Carolyn will be greatly missed by all who had the joy to know and love her.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home at 221 N. Meridian St., Portland, IN 47371. The family will receive guests after the funeral until 3 p.m.

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