Saturday, October 10, 2020
2:00 PM EDT
Private Service due to COVID restrictions
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129 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
250 Commerce Ave SW #100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Life Story / Obituary
As her family and friends can attest, Carol Liebert truly understood the secret to a life well lived. She never took anything for granted, and found joy in her life every single day. Carol's generous spirit and giving heart touched the lives of everyone around her. She devoted much of her time to helping others, and considered doing so to be her richest blessing. Dearly loved, Carol will be forever missed.
The 1950s were an exciting time in the lives of Lawson and Teresa (Slocum) Davidson of Grand Rapids, Michigan. On October 5, 1952, the overjoyed parents welcomed their first child, Carol Ann, into the world. Growing up, Carol was a young woman of her generation in many ways. She was raised in the family home on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids alongside her two younger brothers, Bob and Jim. She attended Palmer Elementary School, Riverside Middle School, and finally Creston High School. She loved having fun and causing innocent mischief, often with her classmates and neighborhood friends. At Creston Carol sometimes dressed as the polar bear mascot during football games, but she found her true passion in choir and drama. When she was 16, Carol began
working as a pianist and eventually the choir director at Oakhill Presbyterian Church, deepening her musical experience. She built the foundation for her strong work ethic when she began working at Tiflins clothing store before graduation.
With her education behind her, Carol continued working at Tiflins for 19 years and continued her involvement in music ministry at the church for 34 years. Known for her kind heart, it wasn't surprising when Carol stepped in to help a church family who had been involved in a serious car accident. The wife had died, and the husband, Mike Liebert, was hospitalized for two months. Carol took his children to visit him at the hospital, and even after he came home she still remained a help to the family. It caught both Carol and Mike by surprise when in time, their relationship deepened into a true love for one another. The two were married on July 14, 1990, and traveled to Toronto for a honeymoon. Carol was thrilled to become a mother to Mike's children as well, and she strove to become the best example she could for the children.
Carol loved cooking and was very comfortable in the kitchen. She often prepared way too much food for holiday gatherings, graduation parties, and any important event. Carol made several cookbooks containing her favorite recipes, and she loved baking cookies and donating them to the Ronald McDonald House. Each year she would invite her nieces to help her bake before the family's annual Christmas party.
Her passion for theatre never left her. In 1994 she began working in the theater department at Forest Hills Northern as accompanist and assistant director. There, Carol played in the pit and helped out as an assistant, working with the students and often going with them on numerous trips to New York City to attend Broadway performances. She also worked at East Grand Rapids Middle School and VanDyk photography studio for a time.
Carol's faith was very important to her. In 2005, she and Mike began attending Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where they felt very welcomed and loved. Carol made several lasting friendships with others at the church, and became heavily involved in their program to provide meals to cancer patients at Hope Lodge. Though Mike's deteriorating health caused her to stay closer to home in more recent years, she never complained. Instead, Carol cherished her role as his caregiver. They built a porch on the back of the house which became their "sanctuary" and they loved spending as much time as possible there. Carol managed to find ways to dote on her grandchildren, even from a distance. She sent gifts for any occasion and always made sure they knew how much they were loved. When Carol was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she simply focused on caring for Mike while carrying out her own treatments as well. Sadly, Mike passed away in May of 2019, but she did not lose hope.
All who knew Carol would agree that she had an insatiable zest for life. Her strength and determination got her through the toughest of times with beauty, grace, and composure. Carol was always willing to give and serve, and she treasured every moment she could spend with her loved ones. Though she will be deeply missed, Carol leaves behind a priceless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.
Carol Ann Liebert (Davidson), age 67 of Grand Rapids, passed away on September 28, 2020 after a three-and-a-half-year battle with Ovarian Cancer.
Carol was blessed throughout her life with several families. She always said her parents were hardworking people who gave her a childhood she wouldn't trade for anything. She and her two brothers grew up on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids. In time she had three beautiful nieces she adored. She shared her rich musical gifts as choir director, singer, and accompanist with her church family at Oakhill Presbyterian for 34 years. She became part of another family as she began her relationship with Mike and his children. And later, she became part of the family of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she enjoyed her volunteer activities. Through the years, she used her love of music and theater to work with staff and students at Forest Hills Northern and the Summer Stock theater productions. Each of these families were so important to her.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Liebert in 2019; her parents, Lawson & Teresa (Slocum) Davidson; sister-in-law Sue Davidson; and cousins Kathy Ambrose and Gary Lepzinski.
She is survived by children Christie (Andy) Weishar and Adam Liebert (Scott Hostetler); stepson Troy Liebert; grandchildren Alexa and Colin Weishar; brothers Bob (Molly) Davidson and Jim (Sue) Davidson; nieces Lainie (Jason) Moore, Jayne (Josh) Koziej, Donna Davidson; grand nieces Nora, Hazel, and Quinn; and cousins Tom Lepzinski and Kyle Adams.
The service to remember and celebrate Carol's life is being planned
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to either Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Hope Lodge are appreciated. To read more about Carol's life, to share a memory or photo, or to sign her guestbook, visit www.heritagelifestory.com