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There will be no services.
Carol Sue Brightwell-Surrell, age 67, of Flora, Illinois, passed away early Wednesday morning, May 31, 2023, at her home.
She was born January 31, 1956, the daughter of Lester and Annabelle (Brown) Strange. She was united in marriage to Kevin J. Surrell on January 31, 2008, in Louisville and he preceded her in death on July 6, 2010.
Carol enjoyed reading, going to the casino, watching CNN news, and visiting Disney. Working in her flower garden and spending time with her grandkids always brought a smile to her face.
She is survived by a son: Matthew Jansma of Cedar Lake, Indiana; a daughter: Robyn (Stacy) Keilman of Crown Point, Indiana; grandchildren: Tyler Barron of Valpariso, Indiana, Sarah Magerski of Griffith, Indiana, Parker Magerski of Griffith, Indiana, David Brightwell III of Lowell, Indiana, Adriana Brightwell of New York, Delanie Jansma of Lowell, Indiana, Mikey Jansma of Crown Point, Indiana, Chris Jansma of North Dakota, and Rex Jansma of Cedar Lake, Indiana; a great-granddaughter: Skyler Barron; and 2 sisters: Brenda (Richard) Zwick of Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Vivian Pruitt of Flora.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 children: David Brightwell Jr. and Brandy Magerski; 2 brothers: Norman Strange and Lester Strange; and 2 grandchildren: Annabella Brightwell and Ashton Jansma.
There will be no services. Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorial donations are suggested to the family for an education fund for Carol’s grandchildren and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com
I'm sorry for your loss. I know you're hurting no word's can ever seem right to say. I've known Carol for a long time. I was blessed to be able to have her as a best friend when I was married to Norman. Sadly after the divorce I lost our friendship as well. We lost touch. Recently we've reconnected, the last idk year & half it seems we haven't skipped a beat. She'd call with updates on the Royal Family, tell me I needed to watch CNN, for this interview or that. I'd call her for the same lol. I had my friend back. God how I missed her. A big piece of my heart was missing when I lost Carol as a friend and I had it back. Now she's gone for real, but no more pain, I'm sorry you had to go through everything you had to go through friend. Love you and I will miss you. I will always remember you especially when I read or watch anything about the Royal Family. Rest in peace Carol, my best friend and sister in-law