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Carolyn R. Walther

Carolyn R. Walther Carolyn R. Walther

Carolyn Rau Walther, age 88, of Lanesville, Ind., met her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Carolyn was a proud “preacher’s kid,” who eagerly prayed for the work of Christ in this world and viewed her death as a promotion to heaven.

Born June 24, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Rev. Omar F J Rau and Ivera Willbrand Rau, her father served as pastor to Immanuel Lutheran Church. At age 10, her family moved to Lanesville to minister to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she met her husband, Norbert Walther, and created her family.

Carolyn offered years of church leadership as secretary and planner of special events such as the anniversary celebrations and was the prayer chain’s cornerstone. Singing in a madrigal group and St. John’s choir, along with playing handbells, fueled her faith and were just a few of the many connections she had to her faith family. She was a talented seamstress and performed miracles with a needle and thread, including wedding dresses, quilts, baby afghans and many precious keepsakes. She enjoyed the view of daffodils along the creek from her sewing room chair. When Carolyn was not stitching, she was often reading and loved to talk through a good book with a friend. She adored her family, and the ups and downs of their lives were the centers of her days. She considered her family her most significant success, and the job she loved most was that of supporter and provider of love to family, neighbor and friends. She refused to believe that she was special and yet could only see the extraordinary qualities of those she loved. She craved spending time with loved ones but would rarely ask for anything from others.

No words can capture the love many have for her and the loss felt.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Omar Rau and Ivera Rau, and sister, Eunice Walther (Jim).

Those left to cherish her memory are Carolyn’s husband of 69 years, Norbert Walther, and sister, Dorothy Kahre (Jim). She was a kind, sweet, wonderful, loving mother to three children, Jan Rau Walther, John Walther and Jane Walther Pfeiffer (Lee); grandmother to Michelle Coleman (Rich), Andrea Hamblen, Hanna, Riley and Adam Pfeiffer; and great-grandmother to Haley and Carson Coleman.

The church and its music were great loves for Carolyn. She and Norbert created a fund to support the music needs of St. John’s Lutheran Church. The family requests that remembrances be made as contributions to the Norbert & Carolyn Walther Endowment at the Harrison County Community Foundation. (Mail to Harrison County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 270, Corydon, IN 47112 with  “Norbert & Carolyn Walther Endowment #166” noted or online at

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the funeral is private, with burial to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Carolyn was an avid collector of memories and made many scrapbooks to preserve her family’s history and stories. In her honor, we ask you to share your love and memories of Carolyn with her family via email to [email protected].