Funeral Details

Carol K. Kain

July 15, 1944 - May 18, 2024


Date and Time

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Nancy Landsman


Memorial Park Cemetery
9900 Gross Point Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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Jon & Pam Kain Residence
2200 Woodlawn Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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Following the interment until 4PM.

Memorial Contributions

Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, Illinois 60632
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Carol K. Kain nee Knurr, age, 79

Beloved wife of Howard I. Kain. Loving mother of Steven Kain, and Jon (Pam) Kain. Proud grandmother of Alex Kain.

Carol was born on July 15, 1944, in Baton Rouge, LA. She was the daughter of Herman Knurr and Mary Gidansky Knurr, both Holocaust survivors. She enjoyed many years as a Docent at the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and as a second-generation speaker.

Carol received her Bachelor of Arts from Sophie Newcomb College and her Master of Arts in the field of Social Work from the University of Chicago It was between her first and second years at the U of C that she met her future husband Howard, who was also studying for his Masters. They were married for more than 56 years. Carol also enjoyed traveling, especially to England, France, Spain and Italy. She was a wonderful cook, hosting many large family dinners over the years. She was particularly adept at counted cross stitching, completing replicas of several of the paintings of the Great Masters. Her career as a medical social worker included managing the department at Glenbrook Hospital, discharge planning at Rush North Shore, and consulting.

Service Tuesday 10AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Memorial Park, Skokie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632, or your favorite charity. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dale and I will always keep Carol in our memories. All of the new year's eves that we spent together as well as the July 4's and other holidays and events, hold a special place in our hearts. We never left hungry or lacked interesting conversations. Our thoughts and prayers are with Howie, Jon, Steve, Alex and Pam.

joe cone
May 18, 2024
Pam: May God grant you comfort and peace in this time of need for you and your family.

Arun Subhas
May 18, 2024
Dear Howard, Jon, Steve, Alex and Pam,

It is with great sadness that I offer my sympathies to you all on the loss of Carol, an amazing woman.


Kinga Sanders
May 20, 2024
Dear Howard and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful wife, mother and aunt, Carol. May you have solace in recalling good times with her.
May her memory be a blessing,
Marcia Milchiker & family

Marcia Milchiker
May 20, 2024
Dearest Howie, Steven, Jon, Pam and Alex, I have been fortunate to enjoy my treasured friendship with Carol. We have been friends for over 30 years since our days as colleagues at Glenbrook as members of the infamous "JEAN TEAM". She has taught me much, advised me often, and supported me through challenging times. My children grew up in those Glenbrook days and loved Carol and her irreverent sense of humor.. She loved hosting dinners and was appropriately proud of her cooking skills. But most of all she loved each of you unconditionally and was so very proud of each of you. Howie I have such respect for your constant support and care of Carol through this terrible ordeal. Her absence in all of our lives leave a great void.
With my love and deepest sympathy Maureen

Maureen Domerchie
May 20, 2024
It is with broken hearts we mourn the passing of Carol. A special person who showed wonderful love to Howard, her family and many friends. Her insights into the event of past, present and future were a joy to listen to her. Whether it was politics, medicine or Matzo ball soup she could give a college lecture and be spot on. We will deeply miss her, but always keep her wisdom. With deep love, Mark and Mary Lu

Mark Kotz
May 21, 2024
Kain Family,

I send my deepest condolences. May all your happy memories remain strong in your hearts.

Adriana Viscarra

Adriana Viscarra
May 21, 2024
I knew carol through the social work community.
She was an exceptional human being. I am and was blessed to know her.
Love to her and her family.

Margaret Powers
May 22, 2024
We were shocked to see the obituary for Carol. She and I shared a birthday of July 15 and one of her birthday presents was the purchase of a house. Our kids had a built in neighborhood playgroup with Ramzi, Nadia and Jackie. May Carol's memory be for a blessing.

Linda Forman
May 22, 2024
To the Kain Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Carol. I remember her and the family with fondness from my childhood, as we were neighbors back then. My heart and prayers goes out to Howard, Steven and Jonathan, and your extended family.
Wishing you much support and comfort always.
Take care,

Rachel Lipson
May 24, 2024