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July 17, 1929 – Friday, January 21, 2011

Service Information
Salem Lutheran Church, Greenfield, MN
January 26, 2011
2:00 PM

Visitation Information

Bechtold, Caroline Ida, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on January 21, 2011, at the age of 81.

She loved to sing and is now singing praises to her Lord and Savior in heaven. Caroline was born July 17, 1929 in Buffalo, grew up on a dairy farm in Greenfield, graduated from Buffalo high school in 1947 and lived most of her married life in Robbinsdale and New Hope. She worked for Patio Doors Sales and Service and volunteered immeasurable hours of service to Salem Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, Hennepin County Fair, Country Pizza Parlor and as an Election Judge. She was also known for her prolific pie, cookie and cupcake baking … dill pickle and tomato juice canning … and her Christmas craft creations.

She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Lillian Harff and sister, Dorothy (Richard) Gutknecht.

She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Willmar; son, Timothy (Anne); granddaughter Halley; sisters, Marlys (Howard) Schleif, Kathleen (Ronald) Tiemann, Renata (Jack) Russek, Rita (Duane) Beise; sister-in-law, Margaret Schutte; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends that she loved dearly.

Special thanks to the staff at Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Golden Valley for her wonderful care over the past year. Visitation 4-8PM (7:30PM Prayer Service) Tuesday, Jan. 25 and Funeral Service 2PM Wednesday, Jan. 26 with visitation 1 hour prior and reception to follow.

All services will be held at her lifelong church where Caroline was baptized, confirmed, married and now laid to rest, Salem Lutheran Church, 9655 Pioneer Trail, Greenfield, MN 55357 (763) 498-7281.

Memorials preferred to Salem Lutheran Church.

The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael is proud to have served the family.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pastor & Judy Davidson

    While we are immensely touched by Caroline’s passing, we are immensely joyful at Caroline’s entrance into the glory that Jesus promised her. With a faith given to her by the Holy Spirit from infancy, she nows shares the blessings of life eternal that she awaited for her entire life. May the Lord’s peace be with Willmar, Tim, Anne, Halley and the Harff & Bechtold families as well as the entire Salem family. Blessed be her memory!

  2. Marilyn Zoldahn Lemke

    We are sorry for your loss and know Caroline is singing for our Lord and Savior now and in Christ’s loving arms.
    God be with you,
    Marilyn Lemke


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