Carol A. Wannow of Hartford was Born to Eternal Life on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the age of 78 years. She was born in Hutchinson, MN on October 4, 1943, the daughter of George and Matilda (nee Otto) Zimmermann. Carol married Gerald (Jerry) Wannow in Winsted, MN on August 26, 1961.
Carol and Jerry moved to Hartford from Minnesota in 1969 and bought the Hartford Dry Cleaners. Together, they ran the business to this day. Carol always took the time to talk with the people who came into the shop. She was a devoted wife and mother. Carol loved her grandchildren and enjoyed every second she spent with them. She enjoyed going to their cabin Up North and loved going fishing. Carol always caught the biggest fish! She belonged to St. Kilian Catholic Church for 51 years and served as a catechism teacher. She was also a Girl Scout leader. Carol was a long-time member of the Hartford Lioness Club. She was known for her infectious smile, strong faith, and compassionate, caring spirit.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Jerry, by her loving children, Thomas (Julie) Wannow of Pewaukee, and Karrie (Frank) Grubich of Downers Grove IL, by eight wonderful grandchildren, Max, Emily, Samantha, Madeline, Abby, Brad, Sam (Ally), and Hailey, by other relatives, and many friends. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved son, Steven, her sisters Elaine Fleischacker and Marie Borrell, and her brothers Walter, Reuben, and Leonard Zimmermann.
Visitation is Saturday, November 6th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church, 264 W. State Street, Hartford. Mass of Resurrection to follow at 11:30 a.m. Fr. Britto Suresh will officiate. Burial is at St. Kilian Cemetery.
Carol and Jerry owned and operated Hartford Cleaners for 52 years.
Memorials to St. Kilian Catholic Church or the Hartford Police Department K-9 Unit are appreciated. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home – Hartford is serving the family.
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