Carole Ann (LeClair) Mahalak, age 79 died peacefully on Oct. 18, 2017 while watching the sunset from her condo patio in South Padre Island, Texas.

Carole was born Jan. 29, 1938, in Black River, Mich., the daughter of Eugene and Dorothy LeClair. Carole attended St. Anne Catholic School, was a member of the 1956 graduating class of Catholic Central High School, Alpena, Mich., and later completed nursing school. She was an active member of the Alpena community and worked at Alpena General as an LPN Operating Room Nurse.

On Dec. 27, 1958, Carole married Lawrence “Joe” Mahalak of Ossineke, Mich., and upon his completion of Engineering school, they moved to Saginaw, Mich., and later to Livonia, Mich. Family, friends and her Catholic faith were Carole’s passion, joy and center. She enjoyed spending time with family and, as a beachcomber, taking long walks on the seashore. As a lifelong learner, she could often be seen reading, sharing her love of the ocean and serving others in need. Her sense of adventure and commitment to others has carried out in all her children and grandchildren.

Carole is survived by her husband, Joe; their four children, Bradley (Cindy) Mahalak, Steven (Liz) Mahalak, Lynn (David) Rhein and Daniel (Leanne) Mahalak; and seven grandchildren, Hannah, Elle, Logan, Jared, Kendra, Mica and Hazel.

Mrs. Mahalak was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene LeClair, Jr.

Carole was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Fowlerville, Mich. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a time to be announced. Her cremated remains will be interred at St. Catherine Catholic Cemetery, Ossineke, Mich. Online condolences maybe left for the family at

Her generous spirit, wealth of selflessness and friendly smile will be sorely missed by all of her family and friends.