Carol C. Springer, 81, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 29, 2002

The Funeral service for Carol C. Springer of 710 S. First Ave., Albert Lea, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Paul Aldrich will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Albert Lea. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour before the service at the church.

Carol died on Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at the Albert Lea Medical Center. She was 81 years old.

Carol Constance Martinson-Springer was born on July 29, 1921, on a farm outside of Emmons to Lewis O. Martinson and Ida C. Ofstaas-Martinson. She attended District 105 and District 48 rural schools through the eighth grade and graduated from Emmons High School in 1939.

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Carol worked for Kansota Farms for several years followed by house work for several families. She then worked at Wilson Packing and was a Civil Service auto mechanic during World War II. After returning to Albert Lea following World War II, she worked briefly for the City of Albert Lea and then at Red Owl Grocery for over 26 years.

Carol was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. She was baptized at Emmons Lutheran on Aug. 17, 1921 and confirmed on June 14, 1936. She was the last surviving charter member of the Ladies Society at Zion Lutheran Church.

Carol maintained a high level of activity and volunteer service over the years as a past president of the Zion Lutheran Ladies Society, a member of the local chapter of the Sons of Norway, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary (serving as chaplain for four years), and a member of the Albert Lea Senior Citizens (a past president and as a member of the board). She was the Communicator for Lutheran Brotherhood at Zion and was a member of the Twin Lakes Senior Center.

She enjoyed hobbles such as crochet, knitting and sewing quilts for World Relief.

Carol married Ralph Springer on June 3,1943, In Tampa, Fla. They lived several years in Tampa before returning to Albert Lea in 1945.

She is survived by son, Ernest and wife Cheryl of Burnsville; daughter, Ruth and husband Robert Bakke of Berlin, Germany; son, Milton of Houston, Texas;

son, Warren of Faribault; and son, Aaron and wife Terri of Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a &uot;grandma” to 12 grandchildren (Justin and Christine Springer, Heidi, Ryan, and Christoph Bakke; Grace and Bethany Springer; Nathan, Gretchen, Owen and Naomi Springer, and Ethan Springer) and one adopted granddaughter, Tina Schoepke.