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Carol Abel

July 29, 1945 — October 30, 2008

Carol Jean Abel, 63, of rural Wolverton , MN , died October 30, 2008 at St. Francis Healthcare Campus in Breckenridge , MN .

Her f uneral will be held on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Kent , MN , with Fr. Kenneth Popp officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a Prayer service at 7:00 PM at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Monday morning beginning at 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral.

Interment will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in Kent .

Carol is survived by: Her husband: Jerry Abel, rural Wolverton, MN; Her 3 daughters: Brenda (Mark) Conzemius, Breckenridge, MN and their daughters, Katlyn and Whitney; Lori (Mike) Schroeder, Moorhead, MN, and children, Emily, Samuel and Jenna; Linda (Jim) Thomas, Ham Lake, MN and children, Jacob, Matea, and Alysa ; Her son: Ryan Abel, Bullhead City, Arizona and his daughter, Josephine (Tracy Abel); Her sister: Kathy (Ron) Patty, Kent, MN and their grandchildren, Natasha and Keanna; Her brother: Thomas (Ginger) Achter, Marana, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: Her son Bradley, on July 12, 1992; and her parents: Joseph and Evelyn Achter.

Carol was born July 29, 1945 in Bismarck , ND . As an infant she was brought to Fargo, ND to St. John’s Orphanage, where she was adopted by Joseph and Evelyn Achter from Wahpeton, ND. The family lived in Wahpeton where Carol attended St. John’s Elementary School . They later moved to Kent , MN , and Carol went to school there and to Breckenridge High School . She graduated from Custer High School in Milwaukee , WI . After receiving her formal education Carol returned to the Breckenridge/Wahpeton area and worked at Clem’s Café and Cox’s Bakery, both in Wahpeton.

On June 19, 1965, Carol was united in marriage to Jerry Abel at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. They made their home and raised their family on their farm at rural Wolverton. Carol was also employed by several businesses in the Breck/Wahp Community. Most recently she has worked at Olson Jewelers in Wahpeton.

Carol was continually upheld by her strong faith in God. She was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Kent , where she taught Faith Formation for many years and was a member of the Catholic Society of Women Foresters. She was also treasurer of Mitchell Township in Wilkin County , MN . Carol took pride in her yard work and all of her beautiful flowers. She enjoyed cooking and family gatherings and loved to read, knit, sew and spend time visiting family and friends. She also enjoyed fishing and going to the nearby lakes. Though her time was occupied with many activities, Carol’s family remained at the center of her life. She cherished the special memories that were made with her children and grandchildren.

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