Caroline Wegelin

A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 for Caroline Locke Wegelin of Eugene, who died Sept. 10 of cancer. She was 88.

She was born Oct. 20, 1916, in Brookline, Mass., to Augustus and Helen Alma Lincoln Locke. She married Burt Tolerton in 1939; they divorced in 1944 and he died in 2001. She married Christof Wegelin on Nov. 29, 1946. He died in 2002.

As a professional dancer, she used the stage name Linda Locke. She studied modern dance in San Francisco with Veronika Pataky and in New York City with Hanya Holm.

Locke was a member of the Hanya Holm Dance Company and a co-founder with Elizabeth Waters of Dancers En Route. Locke taught dance at numerous colleges and universities, including Goucher College in Baltimore, Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and later, at the University of Oregon. She also taught at YWCAs and other schools and community centers.

She moved to Eugene in 1952 when her husband took a faculty position at the UO, and she focused on raising her children.

When her children were grown, she resumed dancing and teaching. She co-founded the Eugene Dance Troupe and developed rhythm and movement programs for residents at Good Samaritan, Emerald and Hillside Heights nursing homes in Eugene.

She enjoyed making handmade greeting cards and Christmas tree decorations.

Survivors include a daughter Bettina Wegelin Cerling of Salt Lake City; a son, Jacob of Davis, Calif.; a brother Gardner Locke of Joseph; and two grandchildren.

The Jan. 7 service will be held at noon at Eugene Friends Meeting, 2274 Onyx. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy.