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age 73 of Lake City, Minn., passed Sept. 7, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by family and friends.
Carol Jane Fleck was born on March 27, 1941 in Wakefield, Kan., the daughter of Theodore and Hazel (McClosky) Fleck.
She married Rodney Clarence Kittelson on July 9, 1960 in Goodhue, Minn. Rodney and Carol lived in the Goodhue area. Her husband, Rodney, passed away on May 27, 1996.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Bellchester. Carol was an activity coordinator at the Lake City Nursing Home.
Carol moved from the farm to Lake City in 2010. She assisted in church services at the nursing home. She led the Rosary and played the organ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was president of the resident council at the nursing home, where her focus was to enrich the lives of the residents.
Carol will always be remembered as a loving and caring person who always went out of her way to help others.  She was kind, gentle, always family-orientated, and was a woman of great faith.  She also had a crafty sense of humor that could bring a good laugh when it was needed.
Carol loved to display her antiques and share the many stories that accompanied them.  In particular she treasured her collection of chickens that she gathered from many places in Minnesota and elsewhere.  Carol also wrote “Carol’s Ramblings” that appeared in the Lake City paper for more than 10 years.  In her witty style, she loved sharing her thoughts on everyday family life.  Carol also loved to bake, garden, and enjoyed canning the garden’s harvest.  Those that knew her also know that her cats meant the world to her.
She loved playing music and listening to her children and grandchildren sing and play. For many years, she was the organist for St. Mary’s church in Bellchester.
Carol is survived by her daughters, Beverly Bettin of Harmony, Minn., and Karen (Tim Clay) Kittelson of Madison, Wisc.; her sons, Michael Kittelson of Hastings, Minn., Steven (Karen) Kittelson of Bogalusa, La., Daniel Kittelson of Madison, Wisc., and Dean (Jessica Larson) Kittelson of Goodhue, Minn., 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; one brother, Ted Fleck; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Fleck.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 12 at at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bellchester, Minn., with burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation, Rosary and prayer service were held at the Mahn Family Funeral-Anderson Peterson Chapel in Lake City on Sept.
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