Carol died peacefully with her family by her side at United Hospital in St. Paul. She enjoyed many years of employment with Wagner, Falconer & Judd and was very proud of her volunteer work with the Community Resource Center at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN. In her retirement, she had fun working for her brother, Peter, and delighted in her daily exercise at Curves and the many friends she made there. She also cherished her relationship with a group of high school friends that she was able to maintain over the years. She was a renowned seamstress. Whether it was a set of curtains or a wedding dress, she was an avowed perfectionist. Perhaps her greatest joy was her family time spent at her Ottertail Lake cabin. Whether it was putting together a jigsaw puzzle with her grandchildren or simply mowing the lawn, she loved the lake at Ottertail. Her grandchildren were Carol’s greatest delight, and she always made sure each of them understood how special they were. She loved family parties, a glass of Chardonnay, and was always the last to leave the party! Carol was always selfless with family and friends, with an independent spirit that led her to be direct with anyone who would listen. Carol, you have left a void in all of our hearts, and we will dearly miss you.
Carol is survived by Jim, her devoted husband of 61 years; her daughter, Laura (Tom) Schmidt; son, Mace (Eve) Pfutzenreuter; son-in-law, Bruce Smith; brother, Peter (Sally Ann) Harris; sister, Sally (Dennis) Nyberg; eight grandchildren: Jeffrey, Sarah, Alexander, Marguerite, Savannah, Claire, Rachel, Reid, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dorothy Harris; her brother, James Harris; and her daughter, Kate (Bruce) Smith.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd. Mahtomedi, MN 55115 in the Sanctuary at 11:00am. There will be a visitation beginning at 9:30am until the time of service the same day.
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