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Marlo Sue Carroll

November 29, 1967 — March 26, 2023

Carmel, IN

Marlo Carroll of Carmel, Indiana passed away March 26th, 2023, at the age of 55. Marlo had been a long-time resident of Rock Falls/Sterling, Illinois before moving to Indiana. She was born November 29,1967 in Sterling, IL to Jack and Donna Carroll. She was preceded in death by her father Jack Carroll and maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Donna Carroll (Eshleman), her sister Tamra Kwasegroch, and twin sister Margo (Greg) Blatz. Marlo is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Jennifer Fite, Elizabeth Sterbenz (Conor), Christopher Kwasegroch, Spencer Blatz (Megan), and Sawyer Blatz, as well as great nieces and nephews: Aurora, Sadie, Eve, McKenzie, Owen, Sydney, and Calvin.

She graduated from Rock Falls, IL high school in 1986 and went on to work at Self-Help Enterprises.

Marlo led a fun-filled and purposeful life with a passion for shopping, eating her favorite foods, taking photos, and enjoying animals and petting zoos. She cherished spending time with her family and playing games, bingo, puzzles, coloring, Snoopy, and the occasional trip to Rhythm City Casino. She enjoyed every moment with family and her favorite dog, Chance. She will be forever missed and will live on within our hearts and cherished memories.

A private family graveside service will be held at Washington Park North Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN at 1pm on March 30th, 2023.

We want to share a very sincere and warm thank you to Katie and our Bickford family, and Natasha with Paradigm Health. We will be forever grateful for your care, compassion, acceptance, and kindness.

Memorial donations can be directed to either Whiteside County or Hamilton County Humane Society for Animals. Please share an online memory of Marlo at

Arrangements entrusted to Flanner Buchanan-Washington Park North

Tribute to our dearest Marlo……

Marlo was an inspiration and example of looking at the best in everyone and making the very best of every situation.

Marlo was so kind, the first to give you a compliment on your hair, shoes or outfit!

Marlo was fun loving and provided comfort and care to those around her. She always had time for you!

She did not have an easy life, but NEVER complained and just took each day at a time.

She has taught us how to live each day to the fullest and enjoy every moment you can!

She handled every adversity (and there were many) with such grace, positivity, and “can do spirit”.

Marlo loved to shop and certainly lived up to the phrase “shop til you drop”. She was absolutely the best to shop with as she had the utmost patience and would walk with me as I rounded the clothes rounders multiple times, then the dressing room as she sat and helped me decide on what outfit we liked the best. Only then to realize that I had left my purse behind, so off we went to track it down! She got to enjoy multiple visits to Disney World, and Mall of America.

Marlo was my compass. The person who called me when it was going to freeze so I could bring in my plants. When it was time to change my clock. If there was a storm on the radar. Also her always gentle nudge…… please remember I love crafts, could you send me some popcorn and of course anything snoopy

She exuded confidence and such high self esteem despite navigating what many would think as unbearable…
Due to the long term effects of high dose radiation treatments she in one year lost all of her hair, and all of her teeth. So what does Marlo do…. Well, she gets dentures and can wear a hat and then eventually a helmet to protect her brain from potential falls and seizures. All without skipping a beat, and not a negative word.
She was bullied in school but she continued to attend school every day and work so hard to get passing grades despite the obstacles of learning. Her work ethic was like no other!

Growing up she was the first one to go down the basement stairs to check to make sure it was safe for me to come down, and turn on the lights 🙂

As a kid- When I was grounded (and that was often)she would come and bring me snacks, and check on me to see if I was ok and if I needed anything……

I have fond memories of sharing a bed with her on Christmas Eve as we waited with anticipation for Santa and listened for the reindeer hoofs atop the roof.

With Marlo you could always be your true self….no judgements and full acceptance.

What a special gift she is to bring us so much true joy, laughter, strength and courage!

Marlo had a passion and love for animals. She loved dogs and petting zoos!

She was always the one in the family who said, “Can we get a photo together?” …… so grateful for that now!

She had some “Blatz” luck in her as she enjoyed spending time at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport. She had so much fun with her $20.00 and maybe put in an extra 5 or 10$ from her purse 🙂

She was so proud to have a college paper written about her as she was chosen to be someone with the highest human potential. She always wanted to make sure she had a copy of this paper on hand to read again and again.

Marlo loved the color purple and all things Vera Bradley, Snoopy, and Winnie the Pooh!

Marlo enjoyed puzzles, card and board games, and bingo- with prizes :). She even made sure to have her lucky trolls with her!

In her final days, she asked for a few of her local favorites; chocolate donut from Titus, McCalisters tea, diet coke, and Joella’s chicken. She couldn’t really consume any of it, but I know she got to savor the smell and remember the taste.

She was always more concerned about everyone else before herself. Her very last words she said were “hi…. How are YOU? I love you. Isn’t this so telling of her warm and kind soul.

Not that it is ever enough time, but we are so grateful for the many years we had with Marlo and all of the fun times and unconditional love we shared together. She was a fighter right until the very end.

It’s hard to breathe without her. We miss her dearly, but each breath I take is now for the both of us.

May you rest in peace and enjoy heaven…. because no one deserves it more than you. We love you.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Thursday, March 30, 2023

1:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Washington Park North Cemetery - Kessler Woods

2706 Kessler Boulevard West Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46228

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