Carol Ann Winkler, 78, of Rochester, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Madonna Meadows, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Carol was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Rochester to Eckhardt and Hilda (Larsen) Schultz. She was proud to be in the first graduating class from John Marshall High School in 1959. After graduation, Carol went on to Bethel College for two years and finished her degree in nursing at R.C.C. She worked at Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital for 21 years.

Carol was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was also very active in teaching Sunday school, volunteered in the nursery, taught Awana and was a devoted member of the church choir. She enjoyed horseback riding in her younger years and was a foster parent for developmentally disabled children. Most of all, Carol loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a very caring, compassionate woman with a positive spirit. She loved to laugh, was patient and determined but, above all, Carol was faithful and dedicated to her family and her Lord.

She is survived by her daughters, Lyn (Joe) Everly of Novato, Calif., and Amy (Brian) Swancutt of Rochester; grandchildren, Joseph, Hayden and Noah Everly, Brian, Brady, Myka, Renaux and Noah Swancutt; great-grandson, De'Andre Swancutt; and foster daughter, Linda Moen. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Eckhardt and Hilda.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester with Pastor Gene Murrell officiating. Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Living Communities.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Winkler family; special memories or condolences may be left at www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.