CAROLYN A. VEST | 1950 - 2014 | Obituary

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Born: May 12, 1950
Died: January 01, 2014

Carolyn Ann Vest, 63, of Sycamore, Illinois, passed away on what was always her favorite day, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.

Born May 12, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cyrus Cramer, who preceded her in death, and Coral Cramer, who survives her, Carolyn, as their only daughter she made them very proud. Shortly after her birth, her parents and Carolyn would welcome loving, surviving sibling Cyrus “Russ” Cramer Jr.

At college she was an avid learner, important member of the Delta Zeta sorority and the social glue for many friends. Most importantly though, she met the man she would marry. To Randy Vest of Sycamore, who survives his wife, she would become then, now and forever “Honey.” She was the Penn to his State and the Nittany to his Lion; a match made for all time.

Carolyn cared greatly for others, working as a social worker, becoming an important member of her church community (most recently Salem Lutheran of Sycamore) and serving the community as a member of the Women’s Masonic Temple, the Elks and the Women of the Moose.

She became the perfect, loving mother to her son, Brad Vest of DeKalb, and dedicated her life to raising him. She would welcome daughter-in-law, Christine Vest, to the family as though she was her own daughter.

Finally, Carolyn was blessed enough over the last five years to be Nana to her only grandchild, Cash Vest. They were forever laughing, giggling and teasing one another as well as swapping and sharing many Happy Meal toys.

In addition to the previously listed family, Carolyn is survived by her nephew, Brett, and nieces, Amanda and Emily Cramer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her nephew Brian Vest of Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Her death was preceded by her beloved niece, Lindsey Cramer.

The family will be holding a small family committal service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that to best honor Carolyn’s memory that friends and family spend time with their loved ones and put forth the effort to do something nice for someone else. Knowing that she brought people closer together would be a legacy that would make Carolyn proud.

For information, visit or call Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, at 815-756-1022.

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