Carol Ann Trexler, born April 16, 1950, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Anthony Frank Barbera and Olimpia Farina Barbera, passed away peacefully in her Indianapolis home on Dec. 6 after a five-year battle with cancer.. She grew up in various South American countries and graduated high school from Colegio Internacional de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Marian University and master’s degree from Ball State University. Trained as a psychologist, Trexler’s entrepreneurial spirit and quest for knowledge led her through a diverse career that included public relations, videographer and producer, writer, life coach and leadership development positions.. Driven by her passion to serve, she spent her career dedicated to countless projects and causes. Trexler was a crusader for many of our communities’ disadvantaged, disenfranchised and those unable to defend themselves. Her passion was to make the world a better place for others — a mission she has accomplished and that she wanted others to continue.. She served on the board, and as president, of La Plaza/Fiesta; the board of directors of Girls Inc., The Phoenix Theatre, the Indiana Fever Community Advisory Board, Marian University International Advisory Board; and in 2009 was appointed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Arts Commission.. Trexler predeceased her mother and is survived by her legal spouse, Donna Hirt (Indianapolis); daughter, Christina Trexler, and her partner, Thomas John, (Indianapolis); son, Elliot Trexler, and daughter-in-law, Abby Trexler, (New York City); and her two brothers, Sal (Zionsville) and Carlos Barbera (Orlando), and their families.. A mass was held Saturday, Dec. 13, at St. Francis in the Fields.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christel House, www.christelhouse.org, or Youth Empowered Action, www.yeacamp.org.. Online condolences may be made at www.legacycremationfuneral.com.
Published on  December 17, 2014