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February 27, 1935 – Saturday, September 22, 2012

Service Information
Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Maple Lake, MN
Thursday, September 27, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
4-8 P.M.

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, our beautiful and beloved wife, mother, grand-mother, and great-grandmother Carole LaVonne (Skaar) Lemke returned to her heavenly home to be with Jesus.

Carole was born to James and Myrtle (Wickum) Skaar in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 27, 1935. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She graduated from Wilson High School and attended Concordia University where she met and fell in love with William Lemke, her husband of 58 years. Together they welcomed seven children into the world. Carole loved her family and made every day special, always finding one-on-one time for each of her children and grandchildren.

Carole enjoyed being with people and was a friend to many. She loved to cook and bake and often treated family and friends to home-baked goodies. Carole worked as an activities aide in nursing homes in St. Paul and Annandale, where she shared her fun sense of humor and gift of laughter with everyone she met. She enjoyed Bible study and retreats with her friends from the Elizabeth Circle. She was kind, caring, and compassionate to everyone she met.

Carole was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lee Lemke, and her parents, James and Myrtle Skaar.

Carole is survived by her husband William Lemke of Annandale, and children Cindy (Dennis) O’Donovan, Scott (Jeanne) Lemke, Julie (Mike) McMullen, Mary (Tom) Batcher, Dawn Schmidt, Daniel Lemke, Melissa Vaughan, 17 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Sister Jackie, 3 brothers in-law and 3 sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends all mourn her passing.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave. No., Buffalo, Minnesota Wednesday September 26th from 4-8pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday September 27th at 11am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 5460 63rd St. NW, Maple Lake, Minnesota, with burial to follow at Maple Lake Community Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Annandale Care Center or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. John & Susan Fuller-Ward

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom is our loss as well. Your Mom was always wonderful to us growing up. Always happy, always cooking, always giggling. I will miss Aunt Carole so much. We know she is with God and will always be close by your side as well. Johnny and I wish you our sincere sympathies. We love you, Sue and John

  2. Lacey L. Steele

    So very sorry for your loss.
    May God’s grace be with you during this difficult time of mourning the loss of your loved one, Carol. She will be greatly missed by many!
    We know that it says in the bible that if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will have eternal life! Someday you will be reunited with Carol and you will know deep down in your soul and spirit God’s unconditional love.
    May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you always!
    In Christ’s love,
    Lacey Steele and family

  3. Chuck Turning

    Carole was a kind and gentle soul. I remember when I was a young child she was kind to me and I knew even then that there was something very special about her. She offered me a cool drink on a hot summer day or shared some food or put a bandaid on a little scrape. She cared for and about me and everyone she knew.

    I know that she is in her place in heaven.

    Our deepest condolences go out to all the family and all who were privileged to know Carole.

    Chuck Turning and family


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