Carol Sue Gonce

Carol Sue (Nightingale) Gonce of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on October 23, 2020 at the age of 72. Carol was born on December 23, 1947 to Edythe Lorraine (Keller) Nightingale & Richard Nightingale in Lawrence, Kansas. She has 3 younger siblings Richard “Rick” Nightingale (Beverly) , Sheila (Nightingale) Supancic (Dennis) and Randal “Randy” Nightingale (Angie). She attended Lawrence High School. She worked for the Mechanical Engineering Department at The University of Kansas where she retired. She enjoyed being a part of that department and won several awards during her time there. Carol was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend. She never ended a conversation without telling you that she loved you and her family knew she meant it with her whole heart! She loved Jesus and passed that on to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was funny, loving, kind, giving, caring and beautiful! She loved playing bingo. Her favorite shows were Big Brother, Survivor, Amazing Race and American Ninja Warriors. We can’t forget about her Soap Operas or Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. She liked to go riding out by Clinton Lake with her husband Sid and they would just sit and watch the geese, deer or the raccoons by the marina. She attended every school program or sporting event that her grandchildren and great grandchildren had until she began not feeling well. She would try to find it on TV and watch it or have her family record it for her. She loved going on cruises and she took her two daughters Lorri and Lisa on their first cruise ever to Mexico, that was their first family vacation as well and she was so proud of being able to take them and they all enjoyed spending that special time together. She got to travel a bit when her husband Sid worked delivering trucks across the country, they were able to go to Niagara Falls which she had always wanted to see. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Nightingale and Edythe (Keller) Nightingale, her brother Randal “Randy” Nightingale, her step son Sidney Gonce Jr, and her grandson Mikel (Mikey) Jeromy Lee Wray. She is survived by her husband Sidney Gonce Sr, her two children, Lorri Ann (Lathrom) Coleman of Lawrence, Kansas, Lisa Lynn Lathrom (Stephen L. Webb) of Lawrence, Kansas as well as her step children Timothy Gonce of Lawrence, Kansas, Billy Gonce of Lawrence, Kansas, Robert Gonce (Julie) of Lawrence, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. There will be a memorial service announced at a later date. Donations can be made towards a memorial bench or picnic table that will be placed at Clinton Lake State park or a City of Lawrence Park in Carol’s honor. Donations can be sent to Lorri Coleman 1301 W 24th St Apt E-13 Lawrence, Kansas 66046