A memorial service for Carol Bruns of Perham, and formerly of Wadena, will be held at Immanuel Lutheran in Wadena, Minn. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Nate Loer officiating. Visitation was at Schuller Family Funeral Home in Wadena on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m., with story sharing at 7 p.m.
Carol passed away peacefully in her Perham, Minn. home on Sept. 30, 2012, after a tough battle with cancer.
Carol Louise (Johnson) Bruns was born May 13 1950 in Montevideo, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at Lac qui Parle in rural Dawson, Minn.
Carol graduated from Dawson-Boyd high school in 1968. She later graduated from Moorhead State University with her bachelor's degree in education in 1971.
She obtained her Masters from Bemidji State University in 1975. Before her retirement in 2006, she taught third grade in Bemidji and Rush City, then moved to Wadena in 1975 where she taught and advocated for students with learning disabilities.
On June 27, 1970, Carol was united in marriage to Edward Allen Bruns of Wheaton, Minn. They parted ways in 2009, but remained friends.
Carol had a great sense of humor, was a lover of animals (she especially enjoyed bird watching), and she enjoyed her annual lefse-making event with friends. She also enjoyed doing craft projects, baking cookies with grandchildren and playing at the lake with her kids. And closer to home, she had a "bread ministry."
Some of her other favorite activities included organizing hers and her daughter's homes, helping her son with projects around his home, gardening, skiing, going to garage/rummage sales and hosting (and feeding) friends and family at her lake home.
She was a loving mother and grandmother, who was full of life and had what seemed to be an unlimited amount of energy, as evidenced by her community involvement, which included: the choir (flute, piano), teaching Sunday school, church council, call committee and VBS (crafts) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. She was also active in Lac qui Parle Church near Dawson, where she visited her mother bi-weekly until her mother's death in 2011. She also volunteered at the Perham Food Shelf and Luther Crest Bible Camp, was involved with Madhatters Community Theater, quilting club, Lakes Area Bike Club, Whippersnappers homemaker group, Gourmet Club, Women Who Wine, Lakes Improvement District, Thrivent and Beginning Experiences.
Carol loved to travel, having visited Canada, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, South Africa, Paris and many states in the U.S. - Alaska was her favorite. She also went on several mission trips to Guatemala, Jamaica and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Carol was preceded in death by her grandparents, and parents, Melvern (Mickey) and Eunice (Boraas) Johnson.
She is survived by her children, Jessica (Ryan) Keddy of Sebeka and Jason (Heather) Bruns of Sebeka; five grandchildren, Alexander, Rebecca, Julia, Matthew and Andrew Keddy; big brother, Mark (Jo) Johnson of Duluth; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
Memorials can be made to Luther Crest Bible Camp or the Perham Food Shelf, as per Carol's wishes.
Blessed be her memory.
Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Home's Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.