Carl Cochlin, 49, Phoenix, Ariz.

Published 11:57 am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Carl Arnold Cochlin, 49, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Austin, died on Nov. 30, 2013, from complications of cancer.

Carl Cochlin

Carl Cochlin

Carl was born in Austin to Hubert “Mike” and Addie (Frondal) Cochlin on Feb. 14, 1964. He graduated from Austin High School in 1982. He married Marilyn Jansen-Classon on Nov. 29, 1996, and later divorced. Carl had a lifetime career in the food service industry working at several well-known establishments in the Austin and Albert Leas area including Lansing Corners, Holiday Inn, Perkins, Applebee’s and Big Island Grille & Bar. In 2003 he fulfilled his lifelong dream to open his own restaurant when he opened Grumpy’s in Grand Meadow. He moved to Phoenix in 2010 and went to work for Applebees in Happy Valley. Carl was always known for lighting up the room with a joke and his laugh was contagious. He was also a great boss, mentor and friend.

He is survived by his mother, Addie Cochlin, of Austin; daughter, Jenny (Jeff) Classon, of Owatonna; grandson, Hudson Walther, of Owatonna; sisters Sharon Kelley of St. Paul, Rose Porter of Henderson, Nev., Rebecca (John) Ramsey of Albert Lea and Shirley (Donnie) Dreyer of Le Roy; brothers Donald (Leigh) Cochlin of Simi Valley, Calif., Dan (Betty) Cochlin of Muskogee, Okla., Chris (Jill) Cochlin of Lakeville and Larry (Julie) Cochlin of Northfield; a special great-niece, Ashlynn Porter, of Phoenix; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

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He is preceded in death by his father, Hubert “Mike” Cochlin; brother, Peter Cochlin; nephew, Michael Cochlin; great niece, Alexandria Swanberg.

Carl will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. Blessed be his memory.

Memorials are preferred.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with the Rev. Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Oakland Lutheran Cemetery, rural Albert Lea.

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