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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.

Funeral Service for Carol Schmakel

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.

13 thoughts on “CAROL A. SCHMAKEL”

  1. So very sorry to hear this. Prayers to all of you! She truly was a great person and friend who will be greatly missed!

  2. As Carol is being welcomed into heaven, we’ll be keeping all those who loved her in our prayers as she will undoubtedly be missed.

  3. So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Many the entertaining visits over the years. Carol loved to laugh!! Thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.

  4. Somehow, I feel I enjoyed an extra corner in Carol’s well-lived time here on earth. She will be missed!

  5. To the family of Carol,
    Carol was always a delight and she will be missed greatly.
    May your memories bring you comfort.
    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  6. My deepest sympathy to you all.
    Our loss is heaven’s gain. Can’t you just hear the music that will be resounding up there? IT’S CAROL PLAYING “THE BIG ORGAN”!
    I will so miss the wonderful phone chats we had.
    You are all in my hearts and prayers.


  7. Carol and I were Classmates at Braham High School. Graduated in class of 1958. All 48 of us.

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