Carol Jean Koehlmoos was born September 29, 1940, to Elmer and Gladys (Harms) Krahling in George, Iowa. She joined her sister, Mary. Carol was baptized on January 10, 1942, and confirmed April 3, 1955, at the Presbyterian Church in George. In her childhood, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and the Hartley/Moneta area. Carol was a member of the last graduating class from Moneta High School. She proudly wore her class ring, never taking it off.
On January 3, 1959, Carol married Verdis Koehlmoos at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hartley, Iowa. To this union were born two daughters, Jodie and Marci.
Carol and Verdis lived south of Germantown, Iowa, for 14 years and then moved to Alta, Spencer and Algona, Iowa, Fairmont, Minnesota, Fort Madison, Iowa, and retired back in Spencer in 1998. They enjoyed 14 years being ‘snowbirds’ in Weslaco, Texas.
During Carol’s working years she worked at an auto parts store, chiropractor office, optometrist office and the Children’s department at JC Penney.
Carol and Verdis enjoyed dancing and spent many Saturday nights, with their friends, dancing in Paullina, and when they retired, they liked to go to the Lakes and dance at Crescent Beach to the Memory Brothers. Carol and Verdis also liked to take Sunday drives. They would put the top down on their convertible and head to the Lakes and eat at Mrs. Lady’s. Carol and Verdis loved each other every day just like it was their first.
Carol was best known, by her family, for her amazing Star Cookies she made for Christmas (even though they never made it until Christmas because the grand- and great-grand kids would eat them before.)
Carol loved to shop. She enjoyed clothes, shoes (you can never have too many), home furnishings, you name it, she could shop for it (except groceries, she very rarely went grocery shopping.)
She was an excellent seamstress. She made a lot of clothes for her girls when they were young and made baby blankets and bibs for all the grand-/great-grand kids. She could probably hem up a pair of pants with her eyes closed.
She was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins. She watched every game on TV and even re-runs.
Carol took great pride in maintaining a beautiful home. She was described more often as a 'very classy lady’ who was loved and will be missed very much.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Verdis of 63 years; daughters, Jodie Marlow (Bob Norem) and Marci Baxter (Tony Lowe); grandchildren: Tyler Tatman (Jennifer Carter), Jason (Sara) Marlow, Amanda (Nate) Lawson, Jesse (Beth) Tatman, Lindsey Baxter (Adam Quail), Kelcie (Trey) Ginger; great-grandchildren: Ali Marlow, Andy Marlow, Carson Mattson, Jacob West, Cassandra West, Ella Tatman, Kale Lawson, Mila Young, Tucker Tatman, Eyler Ginger, Charlotte Tatman, Archer Quail, and Elodie Ginger; step-great-grandchildren, Jacob and Derek Lawson; sister, Mary (Bill) Evans; sisters-in law, Shirley Tesch and Pat Castor; brothers-in-law, Richard (Barb) Koehlmoos and Robert (Betty) Koehlmoos; aunt, Janie Krahling; and many other relatives and friends.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Gladys Krahling; in-laws, Fred and Gertrude Koehlmoos; sisters-in-law: Phyllis (Jim) Mouser, Mildred Tesch and Marlene Koehlmoos; brothers-in-law: Frank Koehlmoos, Jim Tesch and Jim Castor.