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Carol Faye Kjesbo, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on October 19, 2023, at the age of 77. She was born on May 2, 1946, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, to her parents, Ole and Violet (Christopherson) Breivold.

Carol’s educational journey began at Oklee High School, where she graduated with the Class of 1964. She then pursued her love for music at Moorhead State College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She was also President of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota. During her college years, she met the love of her life, Lee Alan Kjesbo, and their beautiful love story unfolded. They were married on August 10, 1968, in Oklee, MN, and their union would become an enduring testament to love and partnership.

She began her teaching career in Hawley, MN, and her family journeyed to different places, including Moorhead, Littlefork-Big Falls, and Maple Lake, before settling down in Buffalo, Minnesota. She shared her love of music through both her classroom teaching career as well as private piano lessons, leaving an indelible mark on countless students for over 40 years.

In addition to her teaching career, Carol also owned “Creations by Carol,” a floral and gift shop in Buffalo. Her incredible talent as a florist shone brightly, and her floral arrangements brought joy to many patrons who visited her shop.

Carol had a generous heart and a deep love for her community. She dedicated 12 years to volunteering at Lake Ridge, where she loved to play and sing for the residents. She was also an active member of the Maple Lake Jaycees and served as its President at one point. Carol shared her beautiful voice in the church choir at Zion, where she was a longtime member.

Her kindness and generosity knew no bounds. She was known for her baking, especially her holiday cookies. Carol and Lee spread joy through the town, delivering the cookies and other goodies to the police and fire departments, local businesses, and to many friends and family.

In her leisure time, Carol was an avid reader, a puzzle enthusiast, and enjoyed going on walks. Her social, warm personality made her the heart of every gathering. She touched the lives of many, leaving a mark on those fortunate enough to know her.

Carol cherished her roles as a devoted wife, a loving mother, and beloved grandmother. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her unwavering support and affection has had a tremendous impact on their lives. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Violet Breivold, and her beloved uncle, Albert ”Unkie” Breivold.

She is survived by the love of her life, Lee; children, Missy (Tim) Duffy, Mark (Lisa Janzen) Kjesbo, Molly (Omry) Ravid, and Melanie (Peter) Christmas; her cherished grandchildren, Noah, Cade, Keegan, Finnegan, Macgregor, Hugo, Theodore, and Violetta; brother, Ron (Christy) Breivold; and numerous nieces, nephews, and Friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 12:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. Memorials will be used to establish an ongoing Kjesbo Music Scholarship.

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Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

18 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mark MInkler

    Dear Lee and Family, We are so sorry for your loss of Carol this week. We are thinking of you and remembering Carol fondly. She was so full of joy and optimism. Her love of music will endure with all of her piano students over the many years. We were fortunate to have her as our friend and will remember her fondly. Carol’s struggle is over and she is now in heaven at peace. God bless her memory and all of your family. Love, Louise and Mark Minkler

  2. Kristi Wagner

    Dear Lee and family,
    It was always such a joy to see Carol. I have so many fond memories of her and my mom together. They were such dear friends. I imagine they are making Heaven a glorious place right now! Our hearts are going out to you all as you navigate her passing in the coming days and weeks. Sending many prayers to you all.

  3. Terri Svec

    Dear Lee and Family,

    I am so sorry to learn of Carol’s passing. I remember her always welcoming me into your home -whether it was supper before a band concert or just a social visit – with a beautiful smile and lots of treats to choose from. Her struggles are over and she is at peace now. May you and your family also find peace in the coming days.

  4. Yvonne OBrien

    Dear Lee and family, about 15 years ago I got the wild idea that I wanted to learn to play the piano. I was one of Carol’s few adult students. She was by far the most patient and kind teacher. She encouraged me to play in her yearly recital, and I agreed, all four of my adult children and husband were present. That was Carol, a true encourager!!! What a gift she was to so many……. may she rest in peace and I am sure that heaven now “sounds” better 🎵🎶

  5. Teresa/Elliot Larson

    Lee and family,
    Elliot and I are so saddened to hear about Carol’s passing. She was such a nice person. We are keeping you in our prayers Lee and praying for peace for you. Love hugs and many prayers. Teresa and Elliot

  6. Teresa christopherson

    Oh my goodness Lee I’m so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I remember her as such a bubbly, happy person so proud of her children and her grandchildren. I only met her a few times but will never forget her. I appreciated all the Xmas pictures she sent to me. She is an angel now, God bless the whole family. Many prayers during this time of grief much love 💕 Terry

  7. Zane Schaefer

    Lee and Family,
    Charlene and I share in your sadness for the loss of Carol!
    Our paths intersected often over the years and we could always count on Carol’s smile and welcoming manner.
    Thank you Lee for being such a dedicated and loving Husband!
    Peace to all of you!

  8. Scott and Lori Rabehl

    Lee and family,
    Carol brought light into the world. She made a positive impact on everybody who knew her. She will be terribly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Mary Lou Maack

    Lee and family,
    What a beautiful story of a life so well lived. Hoping your many memories will bring you comfort.

  10. Brenda Lee (Wurm) Jude

    Band director, Lee and children: Missy, Mark, Molly and Melanie, I was so saddened to get the phone call from my sister, Donna about the tragic passing of Carol!! My heart is breaking 💔 for our loss of such a heavenly host, beautiful soul! I didn’t babysit the children as much as Donna did, but I do remember all the exquisite treats and cookies whenever I visited. Carol was a lot like our mother, Rose Marie because mom always had me and Donna on Black Friday start our holiday baking to deliver on Christmas to all the neighborhood shut-ins that didn’t have anyone visit them during the holiday season. I truly appreciated her “Creation’s by Carol” Floral and Gift Shop as she did an amazingly wonderful job creating my Altar Bouquet with the flowers I made to add to her Creation!! Also the bridal shower gift that Donna gave me an old-fashioned brown frying pan, brown soup ladle etc. My last memory of God’s Perfection Creation, Carol was at Buffalo A & W when you and Carol came in to eat while Joe and I were on a date and I popped over to say “Hello!”
    While talking with you, Lee, Carol just smiled religiously at ME***
    God broke the mold when He created Her and continued to make another perfect Creation…

  11. Barrett and Kristi Chrissis

    Lee and Family-

    When my family arrived in Buffalo over 20 years ago we were thrilled to meet you and Carol. Fellow alumns from Moorhead State no less as we shared stories of our time in the music department. You and Carol made us feel at home here in Buffalo.
    God blessed our world with Carol’s love and many talents before calling her home. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  12. Bob and Karen Ouren

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Nick and Patty Miller

    Lee: We are very sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. You two made a special couple and have a wonderful family. Carol contributed her love and talent to our community. I remember how fondly you spoke of Carol. We hope that you and your kids can cherish the many memories you all share as a family. Lee, you have been a very unselfish and caring partner. I also appreciate everything you did for our students over your career. Our thoughts and prayers to each of you. Nick and Patty

  14. Bruce Pearson

    Dear Lee and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May you experience God’s love, peace, and comfort..
    Sending our love.
    Bruce and Dee Pearson

  15. Bonnie Johnson

    Lee and Family- My brother, Curt Olsen, notified me of Carol’s passing . Coincidentally, my sister, Kathy is in Florida visiting me this week, while my husband, Dave, is in North Dakota for the final weekend of waterfowl season.

    Sincere condolences to your family. I have many special memories of visiting Carol and Ron at the family farm with my grandparents and parents.

    Carol was the flower girl when our parents were married. She was very special to our mom.

    May all your special memories comfort you.

  16. Kimberly (Hessedal) Sankey

    Dear Mr. Kjesbo and Kjesbo Family,

    My condolences on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother, Carol. I hope that the many wonderful memories you have can give you comfort during this difficult time. Please know that you are in the thoughts of others and that you are being thought of with warmth and sympathy.

    Love and hugs to your family!

  17. Kari Matthews

    Kjesbo family,
    Your momma was one of my favorite people in this world! As a little girl I loved watching her create things in her basement, helping her bake cookies in her kitchen and putting Modge Podge on everything Missy and I could find!
    I loved listening to her play the piano and sing. Her smile was infectious and she spread love to anyone in her presence. I loved her very much and I wish I could be there on Saturday to celebrate Carol. You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers .

  18. Sherry Johnson Evans

    I simply loved everything we did together, our late night mod podge holiday for every holiday creations, our Friday Grilled cheese and chocolate malt days, our park days, our love for each other. I never cried so hard in my life as when I moved away from her to go to Spokane. You were such an inspiration to me and helped my young teenage self become a better mommy. I love you my friend💗


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