Rita Kathryn Carroll, 75, of Dodge Center, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. Rita was born on Nov. 27, 1943, in St. Paul to Frank and Caroline (Miller) Schwinghammer.
On May 7, 1966, she married John Carroll in Lake Elmo, Minn., together they had one son.
Rita graduated from Stillwater High School. She worked as a secretary for Ettel and Franz Roofing firm from 1963-1970. She then dairy farmed with her husband until 2000. Both Rita and John served on numerous co-op boards and volunteered for 4-H groups. Rita and John traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada. Camping in Canada, U.S. and Mexico.
She enjoyed quilting with Holy Family volunteer group, making quilts for donation to those in need. She was a member of the SE Minnesota Ladies Biking Group. With this group, Rita traveled to Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Czech Republic.
She also was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson. At Holy Family, Rita was connected to the funeral committee and Fall Festival and providing food from her home-grown garden.
Rita is survived by her husband, John; son, Dan (Candace) Carroll of College Station, Texas; two grandchildren, Casey and Andrew; and brother, Robert (Theresa) Schwinghammer of West Alamo, Texas. Rita is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents along with brothers Richard, Leonard, Thomas and Edward Schwinghammer and sister Dorthy (Schwinghammer) Farsund.
A memorial mass for Rita will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 Mantorville Ave. N., Kasson, with Father John Lasuba officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 801 Seventh St. SE, Kasson, and one hour prior to the service at the church which is Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja, follow lunch at Holy Family Catholic Church.
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Blessed be her memory