Ellen Sokolowski, age 71 of Atlantic, IA, died suddenly January 22, 2024, at her home in Atlantic. She was born the daughter of Henry T. and Freda M (Schoberg) Sokolowski in Sioux City, IA. She graduated from Sioux City East 1970 and obtained her undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City in 1974 followed by her master’s degree from Drake University.
In 1986, Ellen was united in marriage to Roger A Carter. Ellen was currently employed by Iowa Vocational Rehab Services where she worked much of her career. She was a fierce advocate for people with disabilities, receiving several awards recognizing her leadership and service.
She was an active member several professional and community organizations including Atlantic Partners for Progress Board of Directors (current) and past president of National Rehabilitation Association.
About Ellen. She was a very competitive board game player. Just ask anyone she ever played with! She was into rock /metal music. Roger and Ellen attended numerous live concert events. When traveling, when AC/DC or Aerosmith was played, she was rocking out.
She loved Christmas, had a Santa collection, and enjoyed gift giving. Her family is grateful for the many Christmases celebrated in Colorado preparing the Polish Christmas Eve feast. She always brought the Polish sausage and was the golumpki wingman and professional pierogi pincher (if you’re Polish, you know).
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Grateful to have shared her life: Sisters, Debra Sokolowski of Sioux City, IA and Mary and Jim Hart of Canon City, CO; along with nieces Lyz Hart and Eli Wendler; Gabrielle Hart and Blake Kandah; aunt Martha Seehusen, cousins and many friends and colleagues.
Visitation with the family present will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 2 pm till 4 pm at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic. Inurnment will take place at a Columbarium in the Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City, IA at a later date.
Ellen’s favorite quote: "People will not remember what you said, People will not remember what you did. But people will remember how you made them feel." Maya Angelou