Carol Ann Kliesen lost her battle with COVID-19 on Sunday November 1st 2020, at the age of 69. Carol charged life with a joyful demeanor that was contagious to all. She was able to connect with and love people from all walks of life. There was no fire or adventure that she wouldn’t walk into with her loved ones.
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Carol’s family had the advantage of taking many adventures together, most of them took the form of a music concert. If you stood next to Carol for long enough you would inevitably end up talking about football. Her spirit will always remain strong on the hiking trails of lake McMurtry, where she enjoyed hiking up until the start of her battle with COVID-19.
Many will remember her as the loving face that greeted you when you walked into the Thrifty Butterfly, where she was a volunteer turned manager for many years. She had a tender heart for animals and a love for gardening, puzzles and Bingo. Carol taught her family the value of a memory over a possession, never to worry about the things you can’t control, and that there are different definitions of success and none of them are wrong. She knew she was special and made her family believe the same.
She will be dearly missed by her husband Ronald Kliesen; two daughters Minta Wahlers and Pepper Keeling; son-in-laws John Wahlers and Philip Keeling; grandchildren Xander Arbuthnot, Austin Arbuthnot, Mason Williams, Katelynn Keeling, Treyton Keeling, Colton Keeling, Isabella Salas, Tinley Keeling, and Joey Salas (whom proceeded her in death); and many other extended family members and friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Strode Funeral Home and a gofundme as been created to help her family with final expenses, https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-carol-kliesen.
Services for Carol Ann Kliesen will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, a live streaming will also be available for the service. There will be a Rosary held on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. also at St. Francis. Carol will be available to be viewed by Wednesday afternoon at Strode Funeral Home. The family would like to encourage everyone to take COVID-19 seriously and follow precautions as recommended.
Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.