AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Roxanne L. Carda of Mora, died on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora. She was 60 years old.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from 1-3 pm at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
INURNMENT will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mora, MN
In the early hours of October 19, 2019, our sweet sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend, Roxanne Lillian Carda, age 60, joined her parents and loved ones in Heaven.
The third of 3 children, Roxanne was born on March 13, 1959 in Mora, Minnesota to Lillian and Joseph Carda. Her early years were spent on the farm in Warman until Joe and Lillian sold the farm and moved first to a home just outside of town and later to their home on Grove Street. Roxanne attended Mora public schools. She graduated from Mora High School in 1977.
After her graduation and Lillian’s retirement, Roxanne and her mother established Carda Daycare in their home. Even though Roxanne never married or had children of her own, she helped raise dozens of daycare babies and children. For 35 years, Roxanne and Lillian loved, snuggled, rocked, fed, diapered, played with, read to, guided, potty trained and cherished the relationships of more little ones than we can count. When she wasn’t taking care of children, she loved to bake. No Christmas season was complete without her dozens of cookies and delicious pies. Roxanne also loved music, and her music collection, mostly old-time rock and roll and country artists, safely tucked away in a dozen or so large cases, will attest to that.
When Roxanne and Lillian retired from daycare in 2012, they sold their home and moved to Woodcrest Manor. Each had their own apartment but Roxanne maintained a close relationship with her best friend/mother. Shortly after her mother died, Roxanne’s health forced her to move to assisted living. She made St. Clare her home for the next 4 years. She took with her the nickname given her by one of her favorite people. Her Nephrologist, Dr. Davin called her ‘Foxy Roxy’ and the name stuck. While at St Clare, she touched many hearts and made new friends who she cherished. Her uncanny memory for dates, names, numbers and events made her a nearly unbeatable Trivia master and family historian. She enjoyed game nights for the chance to use her unmatched memory skills and for the company of friends.
Roxanne loved snuggly pets, babies, family gatherings, visits from friends, her label maker, gadgets, Walmart and catalog shopping. I guess we can be thankful she didn’t have access to Amazon shopping. In her earlier years she was a great organizer. Everything had a label. Her label maker box had a label that said ‘label maker’. Roxanne was also quite a fan of the quesadillas, warm apple crisp, and blueberry muffins that became her standard order for her all too frequent stays at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
When asked about her favorite memories, Roxanne was quick to respond, “I loved growing up on the farm. I loved holding sleeping babies. I loved being with Mom full time.” Given these simple pleasures, one can easily imagine what Roxanne is doing right this minute as she smiles down on us from Heaven.
Roxanne was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Lillian; her nephew, Adam; many aunts, uncles, and friends.
She is survived by brothers Richard and wife Susan of Arden Hills, Warren and wife Judy of Mora; nephews Alan (wife Kathy), Brian (close friend Angela), Chad (wife Alison) and niece Anne (husband Phil); great nephews Simon, Aleksander and Georgiy; great nieces Carolyn, Kathryn, Victoria, Hazel, Eleanor and Agnes.
We will all miss this gentle soul.