Carol R. Holmgren, age 70, of Cambridge died November 2, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, NOVEMBER 10th at Cambridge Lutheran Church. A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Friday, November 9th at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge and also one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. If desired, memorials can be sent to the PKD Foundation or the Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Healthcare Scholarship Fund, State Veterans Service Building, 20 W. 12th Street, Room 314, St. Paul, MN 55155 or donor’s choice.
Carol Rose Schroeder was born December 27, 1947 to parents Arnold J. and Theresa E. (Simon) Schroeder in Dubuque, Iowa. She grew up in rural Grant County, Wisconsin and graduated from Potosi High School in 1966. Carol married Milton W. Tinkham on August 7, 1965 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, WI. Together they had three daughters, Yolanda, Rhonda, and Melissa. On October 16, 1975, Carol married Frank Paul Holmgren in Clear Lake, South Dakota and she gained a son, Keith and another daughter, Kendra.
Together Carol and Frank spent over 40 happy years with their family at home on Skogman Lake in rural Cambridge. On August 7, 1994 Carol was blessed to receive a second chance at life with the gift of a kidney transplant. It gave her a new lease on life and a passion for helping others. With her new lease on life, Carol become a passionate volunteer for many organizations and mentor to many people. She served tirelessly on the Board of Directors of the Isanti County Home Delivered Meals Program as well as being a Service Volunteer. Shortly after receiving her successful kidney transplant, she served as a patient counselor to individuals suffering from kidney failure as well as to transplant patients.
One of her greatest passions became serving our veterans, their families and the community through the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of Howard McCarty Unit 290 in Cambridge. She served her local Unit with dedication and enthusiasm in most capacities including Unit President numerous times. She also was well known in the area as the Bingo caller for Unit #290. She served as the Minnesota 10th District President in 1995-1996, and from 2004-2005 Carol served with great pride as the President of American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Carol also served as the American Legion Auxiliary Northwestern Divisional National Vice President for the year 2007-2008. Through the American Legion family, Carol and Frank found many lifelong friends who shared their interests and passions.
Carol R. Holmgren passed away November 2, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, at the age of 70 years 10 months and 6 days. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Leo, Paul and Gerald; and sister, Geraldine.
Carol is survived by her husband Frank, and five children; Keith Holmgren of Carlsbad, CA, Yolanda (Kevin) Dailey of Menomonee Falls, WI, Kendra (William) Salmon of Fayetteville, NC, Rhonda (Peter) DeBartoli of Staten Island, NY, Missy (Chris) Golden of Cambridge, MN; ten grandchildren, Trever, Maddie, Bill, Reggie, Michael, Matt, James, Gabriella, Brianna, Martina; many nieces, nephews, cousins and treasured friends.
Bruce & Carol Kottom says
Our sincere condolences to Carol’s family. She will be missed.
Susie Learing says
Rip Carol, You were a Great Auxiliary Mom.
Laura Blue says
A true angel to all who know her. Rest In Peace dear lady, you will be greatly missed. You’ve been a great mentor to us all.
Marland and Chris Ronning says
Our condolences to the family. Carol will be missed by so many
David Thomas-Mills says
We never knew Mrs. Holmgren, but our thoughts are with Missy, Martina and Chris….our only tie to a woman who was obviously loved by many and will continue to be for a very long time. So sorry for this loss you’re all enduring right now. Love and prayers to you and your entire family.
David & Jasper Thomas~Mills
Linda Kropuenske says
A great lady. loved by many missed by all. Condolences to Frank and Carol’s family. Raising you up to the Lord in prayers. Rest in the peace of our Lord and savior’s arms.
Terry Porter says
Prayers and sympathy to Carols family and dear friends. She was such a nice, thoughtful person who deeply loved her family. She will be missed by many.
Judy Stein says
We will all miss this wonderful lady . She was thoughtful, caring and so much fun. She was my Auxiliary Mom and I will miss her very much! God bless Frank and her family.
Amy Reinholdson says
My heart is breaking for you tonight, my dear friend. May God hold you all tightly in His arms, give you strength and bring you peace. My sincere condolences to your entire family.
Jean Walker says
Carol will be missed, my thoughts and prayers to Carol’s family.
Mary Gardner says
I will miss you Carol. Bingo won’t be the same without you. I enjoyed working with you. You were a special lady, loved by everyone who knew you. I will see you again one day. Hugs and prayers to your family.
Gwen Schwarz says
My sympathies to family and friends if Carol. What a delightful lady she was. May God hold you close as you mourn her passing
Jane Elizabeth says
Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel and left many sad hearts here on Earth. You are deeply loved by many, Carol, and that will never change. May God be with all who loved you and hold your family tight in his loving arms during this time and always. My heart breaks for all of you, Frank, Yolanda, Rhonda, Missy, Keith and Kendra and you are in my prayers.
peggy barden nelson says
Yolanda, I believe to know you is to also know your mom., a beautiful soul. We extend our most sincere sympathy to you,. Light and love always, Peggy (and Dalton) Nelson
Lois McCarron says
Prayers and sympathy for your loss. She was a great asset for our American Legion Auxiliary.
Mary holmgren says
my prayers go out to Bitch and family Carol will be deeply missed. she was a wonderful person. ❤
Linda Feezer says
My sincere condolences to Carol’s family. Prayers for all. She was an outstanding Auxiliary member and a great friend!
Cheryl Schauman says
I am so sorry for your loss. Carol was a wonderful person and I feel blessed to have had the privilege to to have spent some time with her.
Rosemary &Joe Niesens says
A great lady, one who truly loved her legion family. She will be missed by family and friends.
Pam Hoshal says
Carol was a wonderful lady and friend. She will be missed dearly. Mom and I send our sympathies to Carol’s family and friends.
Chris Caulk says
Many prayers to the Holmgren Family. I got to know Carol through her work with the Women’s Auxiliary when I had K9 Nike. I enjoyed getting to know Carol and appreciated just how much she helped our program. Sorry for your loss and many prayers with the family as they mourn the passing of Carol….
Marion Larson says
Frank and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Carol’s death.
She has been a very special friend for many years.
I have so many wonderful memories of attending trips to American Legion Auxiliary meetings and conventions with her. She was an outstanding leader in our organization.
I will miss her greatly.
Patti Coleman says
Our earthly world has lost a true treasure and heaven has gained a real angel. May God hold you all close as you grieve the loss of Carol. She was a wonderful friend and mentor who wasn’t afraid to laugh, have fun and be real. Kiana will always be Carol’s “Banana Girl”. Love & hugs to all of you from all of us.
Suzanne Lee says
Carol was a woman of courage, devotion, kindness, and always hope! I loved to visit with her and always came away feeling good about people and life! She had a special energy that took interest in others and never complained for herself! I will miss her very much! God bless you, Carol, and peace to your family.
Toni Gimpel says
I knew and loved Carol through our association with the American Legion Auxiliary. Was as a wonderful example and mentored so many of our members. She will be missed by all. So sorry for your loss.
Peggy Decker says
So sorry to hear about Carol. She was a very special person. To know her is to love her!
Kimber Patscheck DiMarco says
Dear Holmgren family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She seemed like a wonderful person. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you. Hopefully you’ll find comfort in the memories and love you shared.
❤Lots of love to you, Kimber
Sue Tinkham/Voels says
Prayers to all! Carol was as all have said, a wonderful human being! She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. I remember that I was in her wedding. She had so much love in her heart it just spelled over to all those around her….
Yvonne Kostelecky says
The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Montana are sending our deepest sympathy to the family of Carol. You are in our thoughts and prayers.