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February 25, 2018

1/31/2018 9:25:00 AM
Carol Anne Tegels June 7, 1928 - Jan. 24, 2018

Carol Tegels, 89, of Windom died Jan. 24, 2018, at Windom Area Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Patrick Arens officiating.
Special music was provided by Colleen Ortmann, organist; and Keith Lohse, vocalist, singing "On Eagles Wings" and "The Lord's Prayer."
Cantor was Nadine Forman.
Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art.
Ushers were John and Pat Lenz.
Honorary bearers were all of Carol's grandchildren.
Interment followed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Windom.
Carol Anne Bous Tegels was born June 7, 1928, in Long Prairie. She grew up and went to a country school during the Great Depression. She came of age during World War II and its aftermath.
Carol was homecoming queen and graduated salutarian of her class from Long Prairie High School in 1946. She always said that although they were very poor they were never hungry because living on her father's dairy farm they were able to grow all the food they needed.
After graduation, Carol moved to Minneapolis and lived with her older sister, Sylvia, while she worked in Sear's Department Store selling gloves.
Home on the weekend, she met a young chiropractic student freshly discharged from the Navy, at a dance in nearby Browerville. When they returned to Minneapolis, Anthony Tegels and Carol continued to date.
On Oct. 18, 1947, they were united in marriage in Long Prairie. Carol continued to work and help pay Tony's school expenses.
Following his graduation they moved to Windom, where Tony went into practice with his uncle, Matt Tegels. For the next several decades Carol devoted herself to raising perfect children, with mixed results. As the children grew and left home Carol started helping Tony with the business end of his practice.
Carol taught CCD at the church, volunteered with a guild and delivered meals on wheels. She was always a devoted flower gardener, focusing on cutting flowers. She loved snapdragons, zinnias, gladiolas and was known for her beautiful roses. There were always fresh bouquets in season.
All the years the children were growing up, Carol canned, pickled and froze seasonal fruit and produce from the garden. She was a glorious baker, frequently providing fresh bread in addition to delectable sweets. Always an avid reader, her children were infected with her love of books.
Carol was very interested in politics. She served as Cottonwood County DFL chairwoman in the 1960s and it was not unusual to come home and find Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey or Eugene McCarthy just hanging out at the kitchen table.
In the late 70s, Carol was intrigued by a booth at the Minnesota State Fair about starting a co-op. Together with some other Windomites they launched a co-op, which operated for 40 years.
Carol became suddenly ill at her home in Windom and on Jan. 24, 2018, and was taken to the Windom Area Hospital where she passed away a few hours later at the age of 89 years.
Carol is survived by her daughter, Toni Gurvin; son, Dr. Tom Tegels and wife, Terry; daughter-in-law, Linda Murray; son, Greg Tegels and wife, Mattie; daughter, Kathy Kretsch and husband, Dean; granddaughters: Amelia Gurvin Schultz, Katie Gurvin, Caitlin Murray Tegels, Alex Tegels and Hope Murrey; grandsons: Tony Tegels, Zach Tegels, Luke Tegels, Matt Tegels, Ben Tegels, Mike Tegels, Britton Murrey, Joshua Murrey, Seth Murrey and Ian Murrey. Carol has seven great-grandchildren.
Her welcome home committee includes her husband, Tony Tegels; her parents, Alvin and Nellie Bous; her son, Mark Tegels; daughter-in-law, Char Tegels; son-in-law, John Gurvin; and brother, James Francis Bous.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Windom Public Library.

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