Carol Schmakel, of Stanchfield, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at her home. She was 80 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham with Rev. Tim Renstrom officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham & one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham.
It is with great sadness that the family of Carol Ann Schmakel, age 80, announces that Carol passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 26, 2021 at her home in Stanchfield, MN.
Carol was born on October 31, 1940 in Braham, Minnesota to Charlie and Tillie (Schrupp) Brandt. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham. Carol married the love of her life, William “Bill” Schmakel, on June 6, 1959 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. Together, they had 5 children; Bill, Larry, Christy, Robert and Connie.
Carol’s favorite pastimes were spent watching hummingbirds and birds, chasing pests away (squirrels), talking with her beloved friends; Sue and Kayla, reading books, collecting witch memorabilia, making people laugh by being her sassy self, playing cards and board games, as well as sharing her fond memories with her grandchildren.
One of Carol’s biggest passions was playing organ. She played for 65 years at St. Stephen’s Church in Braham, where she was a devout member of the church. Carol was a spiritual woman who kept her faith strong and devoted each morning to prayer.
Her memory will be cherished and kept alive by her children; Bill (Rhonda), Christy, Robert, Connie, her beloved 7 grandchildren; Billy, Crystal, Erin, Carrie, Carola, Neil and Marisa, her 8 great grandchildren, numerous friends and extended family.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Tille; sister Janice; husband Bill; son Larry, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.