Carolyn Louise Krause Bolt

September 23, 2018

Carolyn Louise Krause Bolt, beloved wife of Frank A. Bolt, took the hand of her Lord on September 23, 2018.  (But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hands. Psalm 31).

Carolyn was born on October 14, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa to the late Rev. Arthur E. and Florence (neé Hinrichs) Krause. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Russel A. Krause (sister-in-law, Maria) and Eldred A. Krause.  She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Frank, and her beloved daughters, Bethany Angela Georgoulias, her husband Tom, and Katherine Frances Bolt.  She also leaves behind her two especially cherished granddaughters, Eve Eleftheria and Zoe Marie Georgoulias.  Additional survivors include sisters, Thelma Ann Seevers (Gary), Ellen Marie Kerwin (Ralph), sister-in-law, Eileen Krause Gronewald (Hal) and eleven nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.

Carolyn spent her earlier years in Iowa and the Chicago, Illinois/Northern Indiana area.  She was a graduate of Valparaiso University (AB degree), Northwestern University (MA and PhD degrees) and attended Iowa State University and Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen, Germany.  She was Associate Professor of German at East Carolina University where she met and married the love and partner in her life, Frank.  Later she taught German at Queens University and for many years also conducted Executive Language and Cross-Cultural Training (German/English) for corporate professionals.  

Carolyn was an enthusiastic life-long rosarian (“Die Rose ist ohne Warum”—“The rose is without ‘Why’”), a member of the American Rose Society (Consulting and Master Rosarian) and an officer of the Charlotte Rose Society. She was on the board of the McGill Rose Garden.  

A member of Christ Lutheran Church, Carolyn was deeply appreciative of the Christian support given to her and those dear to her by her church family and pastors. Her family wishes to thank friends and neighbors who have shown such kindness and compassion to her during this time. 

A memorial service of thanksgiving will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on October 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Drew Goodson officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 4519 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226 or Project Purple, 115 Main St. Suite 1, Seymour, CT 06483. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at



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  • E. O., Ann, & Eric Oakley

    Carolyn was our German language tutor prior to being transferred to Germany in the early nineties. What a wonderful teacher who became a friend. We had lost touch over the years since, but she would always be present in our conversations about Germany and we thought of her often. She taught us much more than a language. We are sure you will miss her, but was blessed to have her as family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Betsy Smith

    Bethany and Family, I was so saddened to see your mother’s obituary in the Greenville paper. I was your 1st grade teacher at Falkland Elementary and have fond memories of you in my classroom. Even after your family moved away your mother was so faithful at Christmas in sending me a newsletter/pictures so I could keep up with your schooling and even your wedding! She will be missed and I’m so sorry for your loss

  • Wm and Carolyn Brown

    Frank, Carolyn (my wife), and I have roots way back in Laurens and Frank and I attended Clemson Un. together. We cherish the wonderful memories we had at your wedding and several school reunions together. We are thinking of you during this time and send our love to the family. Wm

  • Nancy Mayberry

    Carrie was a wonderful colleague and friend. I am so glad she came to visit me in Canada and wish I could have come to her funeral. I will never forget the kind and thoughtful thank you letter she sent after your visit. Blessings on you Frank and your family. May your grief work go quickly with wonderful memories and the certainty of seeing her again. Nancy

  • Fancita Lorimer

    Frank, Bethany, Katie and family...just wanted to let you know how sad it was to hear of Carolyn’s death. I remember her so well when we came to Charlotte 33 years ago and Katie was just a toddler. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and loved her family so much. May your family and friends be a blessing to you all through this very difficult time as you share the wonderful memories of your lifetime together. I love you all! Fancita Lorimer

  • Geneva Yadav

    Carrie was the most unselfish person I've known. We connected through our husband's work (Dupont) and teaching at East Carolina University. Years ago I was in bed with a bad back and somehow she found out that I was ailing. She not only brought over a meal but also a gift (placemats that I still use). In later years, as a guest at a meal in her home I bragged on a bbq sauce she used and she went to her pantry and gave me a new jar of the peach sauce she had bought. Those are just two examples of how she reached out to others. She contributed to this world and I know that she would still be doing so if possible. I am sad for Frank and the rest of the family.

  • Tom Skinner

    Bethany, Katherine, and Frank,
    I am sorry to hear of your mother's and wife's passing. The first time I met her was at Camp Caraway, where she teamed with Agnes Hostettler to run the second immersion weekend camp, "Lager Sorgenfrei," where she kept the books and handled all the finances. Later, I was blessed to have her as the mother of two of my finest students at South Mecklenburg. Recently I put together an album of some pictures from the exchanges we had with Krefeld. They served to remind me of her and her family's loyal support for our German guests' visits to Charlotte: our outings (such as to Sim's Barbecue in Hickory), our parties, and the programs. She was a loyal friend, loving mother and wife, and a devoted advocate for international experiences and understanding.
    And I had the privilege for an occasional tour in her exquisite garden. She was proud of her roses, and had every right to be. The last time I saw her there, we shared a laugh at the high fence you had to build to try to keep the deer away.
    I share in your sorrow and wish you comfort and peace "that passeth all understanding."
    Tom (Herr) Skinner

  • Jack & Nancy Wright

    Carolyn was one of the nicest people we ever met. She practiced the old saying “if you cam’t Say anything good about someone, don’t say anything at all.” Jack & Nancy