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Obituary of Carol Ann Laevens

Laevens: Carol Ann (née Van Damme) -


Carol Ann Laevens, a resident of Chatham, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family at her side on July 31, 2023 at the age of 76.

Raised in Wallaceburg, Carol Ann was the daughter of Marshall and Helena Van Damme (née Everaert).

Beloved wife for almost 55 years to her best friend and soulmate Maurice Laevens.

Loving mother of Christine Godts (Michael), Colette Atkinson (Stuart), Stephen Laevens (Carla), the late Gary Laevens (Phommavanh), and Sandra Daniels (Gregory).

Proud Grandmother of Kurtis (and Mackenzie), Megan, Ethan and Brendan Godts, Cassidy, Tyler and Kyle Atkinson, Matthew (and Meghan), Grace and James Laevens, Jonathan and Emily Goncalo, Nicholas Rodrigues, Thomas, Isabella and Luke Laevens, and Elliott and Abby Daniels.

Special Great Grandmother of Andre Godts.

Sister and sister-in-law of Marcia Janssens (George), the late John Van Damme (Mary and her husband Lionel Ouellette), Judy Roy (Roger Lesy) (the late Ray Roy), Sandra Schepens (Eugene), Kenneth Van Damme (Louise), Jane DeGoey (John), Gerard Laevens (Yvonne), Marguerite Dubeau (the late Alfred), and Henry Laevens (the late Marjorie).

Carol lived a full and beautiful life on the farm. Faith and family came first to her. She enjoyed getting together and sharing lots of laughs with family and friends, and looked forward to her time vacationing in the south each year. Carol will be forever remembered for her dedication, devotion and generosity to her community. She graduated in 1968 as a registered nurse from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Chatham, and was an advocate for every patient she cared for during her 41 year nursing career. Carol was actively involved with the Chatham District Health Council and the Kaycettes (past president), and was a member of the Catholic Women's League. She will be remembered for her hard work, her great cooking and her love of bingo and Elvis. Carol went all out for every occasion to make it very special for all.

Family and friends will be received at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Vigil Prayers will be said at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 145 Victoria Ave, Chatham at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, Chatham.

Donations in memory of Carol to the Chatham Kent Health Alliance Foundation Dialysis Fund or the LHSC Clinical Neuroscience Program (cheques only at the Funeral Home) would be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be left at


McKinlay Funeral Home

459 St. Clair Street, Chatham




Afternoon Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday, August 3, 2023
McKinlay Funeral Home - Chatham
459 St. Clair Street
Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Evening Visitation

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 3, 2023
McKinlay Funeral Home - Chatham '
459 St. Clair Street
Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Mass of The Resurrection

11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday, August 4, 2023
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
145 Victoria Ave
Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Funeral Vigil Prayers

6:45 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2023