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Caroline Kohrs Obituary

Caroline Anna  “Carrie”  Kohrs, 94 of Lake City, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at the Mayo Clinic Health System - Lake City Hospital..
    Caroline was born shortly before midnight on Thursday, June 12, 1925. Her parents were Herman and Emma (Siebrandt) Hellwinckel. They lived on a farm just outside of Edgerton, Minn. Carrie was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Edgerton. She graduated from Edgerton High School in 1943 and from Bethany College in Mankato in 1945. Following college, she came to teach at St. Peter Lutheran School in rural Goodhue (Belvidere). She married Reynold Kohrs on Sept. 6, 1947 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pipestone. They farmed the Kohrs home farm near Lake City. She was a faithful farm wife and mother, tending the home, garden and helped with farm chores. They were always active members of St. Peter, serving the Gospel in a number of leadership and servant roles. Following Reynold’s stroke in 1989, they moved into Lake City. Here they were busy with coffee, cards and activities with a large circle of friends and neighbors. Reynold died in 2010 and she continued to live in her home on 10th Street.
    Carrie is survived by three sons, Dale (Shari) of Lake City, Duane (Nancy) on the home farm in rural Lake City, and Paul (Linda) of Lynden, Wash.; eight grandsons, Tim, Steve, John, Mike, Craig, Ross, Brent and Brian Kohrs; two granddaughters, Amy Alkire and Shelly Bargen; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister, Erma Esch of Caledonia; and her sister-in-law, Darlene Schmidt (Fred) of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Melvin Hellwinckel, and a sister, Arlene VanScharrel.
    A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at St. Peter Belvidere Lutheran Church in Goodhue with Rev. Steven Frentz officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City.  
    Our mother was concerned that all should hear the Good News of Jesus. Should you wish to memorialize her, please consider a donation to an organization that works to spread the Gospel. She supported her church, The Lutheran Hour and Time of Grace Ministries.
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