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Carol Jean Martha Ahrens, age 69, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
Carol Ahrens was born on March 31,1951 to Martha (Dahly) Siltman and Ralph Dahly. She attended high school at North High in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She moved up north in 1973. During one of her many trips up north, she stopped for gas at Buzz's Place with Stacey, Corky, and Sherry in the back seat of her car. Carol then met the love of her life, Buzz Ahrens, and they married February 1, 1975 in Walker, MN and completed their family in 1978 with the birth of Rachel.
Buzz and Carol maintained their "full service” gas station, Pine Ridge Gas and Groceries, working together as a team, until it was sold in the mid-eighties. She then started employment in the grocery industry and ended her years of employment at Bieloh's Family Foods. She also enjoyed selling Tupperware, hosting parties, and volunteered her time modeling new arrivals for Christopher & Banks which she thoroughly enjoyed. Due to health issues later in life, mom retired from the workforce and remained active in her daughters’ and her grandchildren's lives. Carol spent time as a volunteer reading buddy and was her grandchildren’s biggest fan at their various sporting events. She enjoyed many adventures up north with Buzz and the girls, spending days boating on Leech Lake, card making with family and her friend Charlyne, scrapbooking, working in her flower gardens, baking for anyone, and hosting BBQ’s with her famous potato salad and rhubarb bars. Mom was known by many different names by the grandkids: Grandma, Grams, Gramcracker, Mimi, Gigi. She hosted numerous sleepovers, annual cookie making, and the annual New Years Eve party with all the grandkids. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church for many years and volunteered her time arranging for homebound members to be able to receive Communion. Carol had a true gift of being a caregiver for numerous family members throughout the years and her family was definitely her pride and joy. Her Walker community meant a great deal to her. Carol was kind, selfless, compassionate, and had a generous heart to everyone in need.
Carol is survived by her four daughters: Stacey (Bill) Drury, Corky Ahrens, Sherry Heuton, and Rachel Ahrens-Huewe; eight grandchildren: Tim (Erica) Drury, Karly (Mark) Cobb, Taylor Drury, Josh (Tori) Trosen, Jordan Trosen, Makena and Hayden Huewe, and grand-dog “Bella”; and four great-grandchildren: Ryder, Corbin, Eli and Boston Drury.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Ralph Dahly and Chet and Martha Siltman; husband Buzz Ahrens; sisters: MaryAnn Jasperson and Katrina Byersdorfer; brother, George “Pete” Dahly; niece, Shannon Kalamanski, grandson Matthew Trosen; aunts: Georgia Horseman and Gladys Norgard; uncles: Ted Norgard and Ralph Horseman and several cousins.
The funeral service, by invitation only, will be held at Noon on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the White Oak Bible Chapel in Chamberlain, MN. Visitation will be held from 10:15 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the church. Interment will be at the Turtle Lake Cemetery, Turtle Lake Twp., MN.
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