|2/14/2018 9:15:00 AM|
Carol Varnavas, 75, of Mt. Lake, formerly of Windom, died Feb. 4, 2018, at Windom Area Hospital.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
Burial will be at a later date at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Kimball Township of Jackson County.
Visitation will be held Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Carol Ann Mekosch was born Aug. 2, 1942, to Frederick A. and Emma I. (Hampel) Mekosch on the family farm in Kimball Township of Jackson County, near Odin. She was baptized and later confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimball Township, near Alpha.
Carol attended District 118 country school in Jackson County until eighth grade before graduating from Mt. Lake High School in 1960.
Carol moved to St. Paul to live with a sister, where she met her husband, Henri A. Varnavas. They moved to Virginia Beach, Va., where he was stationed in the service. Their son, Jean-Paul was born there before they moved to San Diego, Calif. Their marriage was later dissolved and Carol and Jean-Paul returned to Windom.
Carol worked at Rogers Cafe and the Left Bank, where she became the cook. She later worked as a cook at Good Samaritan Society in Windom.
Carol retired after developing multiple sclerosis. She lived at Riverview Apartments for a long time, where she posted coming events. In 2017, she moved to Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Lake.
In 2004, she received the Mayor's Medal of Honor Challenge Award.
Carol enjoyed taking part in activities at Good Samaritan Society. Her one project was decorating the Christmas tree for special holidays. She also attended Bible study and enjoyed reading, word search puzzles and talking to people.
Survivors include her son, Jean Paul; one granddaughter; and her sisters: Emma Orr of Largo, Fla.; Arlene Lauer of Waterloo, Iowa; and Ruby (Roger) Wilson of Windom.