Carol Malcolm, 88, of
Cedar Rapids, died Oct. 16, 2018. She was born March 2, 1930, in Denison, Minn., to Emil and Eva Rosvold.
Besides teaching and owning her own business, The Second Act, Carol was remarkably determined and resilient, including supporting herself from a very young age. Being the ninth of 10 children, it is astounding that after losing both parents before the age of 7, Carol decided, at the age of 12, to hitchhike to Wabash, Ind., in hopes of finding a long-lost sister. Once settled there, Carol lied about her age and contributed to the war effort by polishing gasmasks for our troops. This is just the beginning of her lifelong adventures. Following the death of her first husband, Carol single-handedly raised her four children. She graciously encouraged her children to pursue their life passions. Her generosity was clear, particularly to the young people she brought to The Second Act, mentoring them on job skills as well as giving them an opportunity to succeed.
Several years later, Carol met Charlie and he became the love of her life. Carol and Charlie were a couple no one could forget. Whether they were hiking up a hill to join a local wedding or dancing the night away at the Lighthouse or spending time at the ID or Winifred's or enjoying an Alaskan cruise they were living life to the fullest. They visited places far and near, made friends no matter where they were, and always brought joy to anyone within an earshot. They continued to work well into their 70s; only a broken hip and the Flood of 2008 could convince Carol that it was time, after 40 years, to close The Second Act in Cedar Rapids.
Carol and Charlie had a mutual appreciation of classical music. They were particularly invested in a classical pianist named Gustavo Romero. They were very active in the Cedar Rapids symphony. Carol was particularly proud that her love of music has been an inspiration to not only her children but her grandchildren as well. It is no accident that her name, Carol, means song, and there is nothing she loved more than listening to fine music.
Carol is survived by her husband, Charlie; children and stepchildren, Scott (Mary), Melissa (Kent), Judd (Kendra), Rod (Tracey), Kelle (Dan), Torre, Kip (Barb) and Cam; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Holly (Joyce); and her sister, Lorraine.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Carol's honor to Orchestra Iowa.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.