Carole Ann Lovejoy, 78, of Eyota, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Carole was born July 25, 1940, to Marvin and Eunice (Anderson) Richardson in Rochester. She graduated from Plainview High School in 1958 and attended Winona State University, where she obtained her teachers certificate. Carole started her teaching career in Owatonna.

She married Gerald Lovejoy July 15, 1962, at the Plainview Church of Christ, and they resided in Owatonna. They then moved to Rochester, where Carole taught for a couple of years. In 1965, they moved to Plainview. While teaching in Plainview, Carole obtained her master’s degree from Winona State. In 1972, the family moved to Eyota and Carole worked as a unit assistant, and unit assistant instructor at Saint Marys Hospital. Carole later taught and retired from Dover Eyota Elementary in 1999, competing a teaching career of 28 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, playing the piano, square dancing, playing cards, traveling and going on church mission trips. During Carole’s retirement, she volunteered at Mayo Clinic. She and Jerry wintered in Arizona for the past 18 years.

Carole is survived by her husband, Jerry of Eyota; two children, Jayne (Bruce) Rother of Eyota and Kent (Marilyn) Lovejoy of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; six grandchildren, Ben and Dan Rother of Eyota, Jackie (Brandon) VanGundy of Evans, Ga., Matthew, Jenna and Ryan Lovejoy of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; two great-granddaughters, Rhylie and Sydney VanGundy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Hope Summit Christian Church in Rochester with Rev. Jeff Matteson and Rev. Ron Wernimont officiating. Burial is at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Eyota. Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 5 pm. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

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