Carol D. Hansen, age 90, of Zumbrota, died on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at the Zumbrota Health Services. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at United Redeemer Lutheran Church, 560 West Third St., Zumbrota. Burial will be in Stordahl Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church.
Carol Dean Erath was born on March 18, 1929, in Faribault to Earl and Velma (née Howe) Erath. Carol was baptized at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Berne and confirmed at Hagre Lutheran Church in Kenyon. Carol's family moved to Skyberg in 1935 and she attended kindergarten and country school. In 1948, Carol graduated from West Concord High School. After graduating, Carol worked at the Wunderlich Grocery Store in Kenyon until 1968.
On Nov. 23, 1968, she married Vernon L. Hansen, a widower from Zumbrota who had four daughters, Kerry, Randi, Emily and Sara. They made their home on a farm in Roscoe Township until 1993, when they moved to Zumbrota. Carol worked at the Webster Livestock Auction Market restaurant from 1990 to 2003 when the business was purchased by Central Livestock and Carol retired from the restaurant in 2006.
Carol was an active member of United Redeemer Lutheran Church and was Chairperson of the funeral committee for nine years from 1978 to 1987. Carol loved to bowl and was in several leagues from 1949 to 1990. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels, cooking and was known for her baking from scratch.
Carol is survived by her daughters, Kerry Rude of Zumbrota, Randi (Neil) Hansen of Rogers and Emily (Neal) Higgins of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Shannah Witt, Jacob (Christine) Rude, Tom (Nichole) Rude, Evan Weiner and Elliot Weiner, Kathryn (Matt Glimsdale) Longhenry and family; and nine great-grandchildren.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; sister, Parma Heydmann; and daughter, Sara Hansen.