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CAROL NANCY MARILYN (MAASS) ELWOOD
Carol Nancy Marilyn (Maass) Elwood of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Cresco, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, after being diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas and liver. Celebration of Life services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, located in Cresco.
Carol was born and baptized No. 30, 1935, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., and rebaptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. Carol attended Rochester schools and graduated from high school in 1954. She graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1958, with a Bachelor's of Music Education degree. Carol taught music in the Lake Shore District, St. Clair Shores, Mich., until 1960. When during the summer, she did graduate work through the University of Michigan at Interlochen National Music Camp and returned home to Rochester, Minn., to teach music in the elementary schools.
Carol met Henry at a singles club dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rochester on Nov. 3, 1961, and they were married on Sept. 22, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran. Carol enjoyed 59 years of marriage with Henry, especially the cycles of life, even the challenge of motorcycle riding.
Carol was the youngest of 11 children, and her Father loved calling her "kitzel." She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara (Sawinski) Maass and Fred E. Maass; sisters, Helen, Phyllis, Marian, Pauline and Lorraine; and brothers, David, Leonard, Richard and Charles Maass.
Carol is survived by her husband, Henry L. Elwood of Cedar Rapids; daughters, Marina (Kent) Carson of Omaha, Neb., Laura Elwood (Bruce Johnson) of Maple Grove, Minn., and Christina (Bradley) Elwood Gehrke of Solon, Iowa; grandchildren, Kenton and Marissa Carson, Sean and Blake O'Donnell, Ben Johnson, and Hunter, Chase and Otto Gehrke; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. She is also survived by sister, Florence (Charles) Sears of Orange, Calif.
Carol was active in women's clubs, church women's organizations and bridge clubs. She enjoyed participation in Royal Palm Players and Grande Glee in Boca Grande, Fla. She was a Stephen Minister, Chaplain and Hospitality Hostess of UMW in her Boca Grande church, as well as choir director, organist and pianist.
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