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Carlene Roberta (Raquet) Zollner

Carlene Roberta (Raquet) Zollner
  • September 14, 1948 - August 24, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Carlene and I met in junior high school and were close friends for almost sixty years. I was blessed to have such a friend, whose positive attitude...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Vicki and Richard Wendell - CA

“This afternoon I was visiting the funeral homes page to find an obituary of a dear friend. Imagine my surprise to find one of my teachers had passed...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Caryn Butler Butler - Richmond, IN

“I met Carlene through the Battle Creek Branch of AAUW & was immediately caught up in her inner & outer beauty & charm. Carlene was an inspiration to...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Jacqueline Sheldrick - MI

“Carlene and George have been close friends for over 30 years. Carlene was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor to...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Vicki Perrin-Swisher - MI

“Carlene was My Best Friend, even through I knew Carlene had many best friends. Carlene took me under her wing at Tekonsha High School 45 years ago...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Diane Voshell - Battle Creek, MI

“It was a sad day to learn of Carlene's passing. I remember her from her first day of teaching at BCCHS. I was one of her first students. You knew...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Jeffrey Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Zollner's passing. She was my teacher at Tekonsha and directed three of the performances I was in which included...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Amber Warner Herman - Union City, MI

“We were so sorry to hear of Carlene's passing! We will always fondly remember her friendly nature and positive spirit! ”
8 of 35 | Posted by: Dennis and Marge Smith - Marshall, MI

“Sorry for your loss. Carlene brought joy to everyone and was an amazing person. Always smiling , laughing, and keeping everyone entertained while...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Joan JoanC.reed@ Casterline - MI

“Carlene was a fun coworker. We worked together for many years at Tekonsha Schools. She will be missed by many.George, please accept my condolences. I...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Karen Friend - Tekonsha, MI

“I was saddened to read this obituary. However knowing she was a believer and had Christ guiding her life, I will celebrate with you knowing she's in...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Brooke Banfield-Byrd - Maryville, TN

“What a wonderful a teacher she was. I remember her smile, positivity and sense of humor. She truly was a favorite of many. ”
12 of 35 | Posted by: Steven Bennison - Student

“Mrs. Zollner left a remarkable impact on me as one of her students when I studied under her. She was an amazing teacher and knew it was her true...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Donalda Woods Antrup - Hudson, IN

“So sorry to hear about her passing. She was a wonderful lady. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.❤ ”
14 of 35 | Posted by: Pam Campbell - Lansing - Coworker

“George and family,My sincere condolences to you all. Carlene was a very special person who made life interesting to all that she came in contact...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Carol Fogel - Tekonsha, MI

“prayers for her faimly she will be greatly missed...she was one awsome teacher...a teacher that i loved going to her class along with so many student...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: phillip kuhling - kilgore, TX

“George and family.... I am so very sorry to hear of the passing Carlene.... I have many fond memories of good times while you linked on N. Linden......Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Barbara Rosene - Marshall, MI

“I am sorry to hear about this loss. She was a good teacher who cared for her students. RIP ”
18 of 35 | Posted by: John Renfro III - Coldwater, MI

“She was my teacher in Tekonsha. I remember how kind and gentle she was to all of us students. She seemed to really enjoy teaching. She was always...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Christina Siegel - MI - Student

“To the Zollner Family,I was sadden to hear of Mrs. Zollner's passing. She was my teacher at Tekonsha School. She was one of the best teachers, they...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Christene Fowler - Battle Creek, MI

“She helped me fall in love with Greek Mythology in middle school and I have been able to share that love with my children. She was so very easy to...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Hope Frye - Tekonsha, MI

“The world has experienced a great loss with "Mrs.Zolner's" passing. Having her in middle school when kids are wild and crazy, she handled us with...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Tiffany Scott - Cassopolis, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of this wonderful lady. Not only was she one of my favorite teachers, she was one of the few people I would go...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Heather Johnson - Iowa Colony, TX

“I loved Mrs. Zollner as my teacher ! She was amazing. 28 years ago she helped me write a poem, There once was a cat from Peru who had nothing of...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Kylie Reese (King) - Tekonsha, MI

“George I was a student of Carlene's and graduated in 1985. I always loved her class and even when my children had her for a teacher I still just...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Carrie Devenney-Stout - Tekonsha, MI

“She was an amazing teacher who always pushed me to do my best. Condolences to her family and friends. ”
26 of 35 | Posted by: Ashley Davis - Homer, MI

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Mrs. Zollners passing. She was a huge influence in my life as a student at Tekonsha High School and beyond. I was...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Leonard Cail - Vicksburg, MI

“so Sorry for this loss. She was a great teacher and play director. We had many great play performances with her directing. Lots of great memories. My...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Regina Irvin - Belleville, MI

“She was the best teacher in tekonsha schools the only one that didn't yell at me for needing extra help sometimes may you Rip you'll always have a...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Lisa Stage - Student

“George and family,We are so sorry for the loss of Carlene. Her life was full of love, family, friends and service. We will continue to keep you in...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“I was sorry to learn of Carlene's passing. She was always an energetic educator who lived life to the fullest. Prayers for the family during this...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Wendy Livingston - Marshall, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear of Carlene's passing. She is as such a wonderful person. I never saw her without a smile. God rest her soul and peace be with...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Susie Crockett - Lafayette, IN

“I am so sorry to hear this. Please keep her dearly in your hearts. ”
33 of 35 | Posted by: Rinette Tyckoski - Coldwater, MI

“Sending my condolences to George and family. Carlene was a beautiful person inside and out. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless. ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: Marcia Wentworth - Battle Creek, MI

“As I read Carlene's obituary, it is so beautifully written and so exact and true about the person she was there's little more to add than to confirm...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Pat Fosdick - Battle Creek, MI

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Carlene Roberta (Raquet) Zollner, 71, passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on April 4, 2020.

Carlene was born September 14, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio the daughter of Carl and Roberta Raquet. She grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and was a 1966 graduate of Birmingham Groves High School. Carlene earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama at Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Reading Education from Western Michigan University. Carlene began her career in Education at Battle Creek Public Schools. After two years she accepted a position at Tekonsha Community Schools where she taught English and Reading for over 30 years and served as the Theatre Director. Carlene loved being a teacher; she cared deeply for her students and positively impacted many lives.

Carlene was united in marriage to George Zollner on November 17, 1973 in Birmingham, Michigan. Carlene introduced George to many wonderful things, including her love for Live Theater. Together they attended Barn Theater performances for 45 years and many Broadway shows in New York, Chicago, Toronto, London, Brisbane and across Michigan. Carlene loved to entertain and enjoyed planning events and hosting parties for friends and family. She was a great dancer who was often first on the dance floor; a vigorous reader of books and always enjoyed a good movie. Games were Carlene's passion and she was never one to turn down an opportunity to play. She enjoyed driving her yellow convertible, was very proud of her beautiful flower gardens and was an extremely talented sewer who created many beautiful needle point pictures. Carlene was politically active and very interested in helping good candidates gain office. She always looked forward to her annual family vacation Up North and loved U of M and Detroit sports teams, even though they often disappointed her by losing.

Carlene was a member of the First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, where she was a Sunday school teacher and in the choir for many years. Carlene was a volunteer with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she served in various capacities including President. Carlene also spent the last five years tutoring several special young students in the Battle Creek area.

Carlene was a loving wife, incredible mother, remarkable person and best friend to many. She was a vibrant, happy, special woman who was full of life and truly enjoyed having a good time with friends and family. Carlene will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Carlene is survived by George, her husband of 46 years; son, Kurt Zollner; daughter, Kristin (Zach) Bletz; grandson, Cambren Zollner; brother, Greg (Karan) Raquet; two sisters, Karen (Tom) Coop, Terri (Dan) Christian and several close cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Carlene was preceded in death by her parents.

The service for Carlene is limited to 40 people (Family & invited guests). The service for Carlene will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2020, at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at or you may also view it on the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page. Due to the COVID-19 virus, a public service will be held later when it is safe for Carlene's family and friends to be together and celebrate her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Battle Creek Branch of AAUW ( or South Michigan Food Bank ( Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. To share a memory of Carlene or send a personal message to her family, please do so here at