Carole Ann Winter, 82, of Staples was welcomed into the presence of her Lord in His perfect time December 10, 2020. Carole passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home at the Lakewood Manor, Staples.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life Sat., Dec. 19, 11 a.m., at the Verndale Family Life Church. Visitation at the church one hour prior to services.
Carol was born April 28, 1938 to Walter and Oral Sommars of Verndale. She attended and graduated from the Verndale Public School with the class of 1956. She was married to Russell Anderson of Verndale in 1957. Together they farmed and raised three sons, Mike, Dave and Mark and one daughter, Denise. After her four children were in school Carole enjoyed the challenge of working outside the home, especially preparing income taxes for H&R Block in Wadena for over 20 years. She also worked for Rexall Drug and Coast to Coast Hardware in Staples and for Grand Casino Mille Lacs, until her retirement.
Carole was a dedicated board member for many years at the United Congregational Church of Staples, where she enjoyed decorating the church for each holiday season, baking goodies for social hour and assisting with annual fundraising events.
Carole loved to travel, seeing new places as she crisscrossed the globe with the First International Bank of Staples New Horizons travel group, as well as with friends and family. She would always say “just give me 15 minutes to pack my bag and I’ll be ready to go!”
She found great pleasure in playing card games with friends and family. Sundays often found her spending time at one of her son’s homes after church engaged in a lively game of cribbage or golf. She enjoyed planning her yearly flower plantings, watching the birds and squirrels at her feeders, reading, listening to music and watching movies.
She will be dearly missed by many special friends and family. Carole is remembered by her children, Michael (Kathy) Anderson of Wadena, David (Charlotte) Anderson of Rockford, Mark (Edwina) Anderson of Wadena and Denise (Red) Lowen of Nashwauk; former spouse Russell Anderson; four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Preceding Carole in death were her parents; one brother, Dale; one granddaughter, Tiffany Anderson and her late husband, Dwaine Winter, Sr.