Carol Louise (Hendrickson) Crane, age 82, of Johnston passed away Monday, May 30, 2022. Carol was born June 26, 1939, to Sophus and Mildred Hendrickson in Northwood, Iowa. She graduated from Northwood high School in May of 1957. She went to Iowa State Teachers College graduating with a BA in Mathematics and English in 1961. She later earned a master’s in mathematics from UNI. In 1961 Carol and Robert “Bob” Crane were united in marriage. With Bob’s 26-year Marine Corps service, Carol received teaching certificates in many states and taught mathematics her entire career to middle, high school, and collegiate students, including teaching in Okinawa, Japan.
Carol loved teaching, reading, her church and the University of Northern Iowa. Carol and her husband began funding an annual scholarship for UNI students with a mathematics education major in 2009. Her desire was to continue her love of math education for future generations. Carol enjoyed mentoring confirmation students at St. James Lutheran Church and served as a church teller for many years. She also served on the Johnston Library Foundation Board and was an active member, serving as treasurer, of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional society for women educators.
Carol is survived by two children Diane Bridgewater (Gary) of Johnston and Rob Crane of Colorado Springs, three grandchildren, Hailey Bridgewater Huey (Dylan), Eric Bridgewater (Heidi), and Tristin Crane, three great granddaughters, Rylan, Maeve, and Parker. She is also survived by her brothers Dennis Hendrickson of Cedar Falls, IA and Chuck Hendrickson of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob Crane and her parents Sophus and Mildred Hendrickson.
Family and close friends will celebrate her life on July 9th in Northwood, IA. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church (Johnston).