Carolyn F. Kohler


Carolyn F. Kohler age 89 of Detroit Lakes, MN died June 19, 2022 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, under the care of Hospice.

Carolyn Frances Kohler was born May 28, 1933 in Syracuse, New York to Carroll and Sara Margaret (Kau) Pratt. She moved to Hamden, CT as a young girl and later to Grand Rapids, MI, where she graduated From High School. She then attended college in Grand Rapids before later moving to Fargo, ND. On May 25, 1955 she was united in marriage to Lyle Kohler. In 1959 they made their home in rural Detroit Lakes, where they lived their entire lives.

Church and family were very important to Carolyn. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She was very active at Bakke Lutheran Church over the years, serving on the Church Council, as church treasurer, secretary-treasurer for WELCA, teaching Sunday School, and even working as church secretary for many years. She also was very active in her community, serving as clerk for Holmesville Township, and as a member of the Becker County Township Association. She also was a 4-H leader for several years. Her hobbies included knitting, reading, deer hunting, and bowling.

Carolyn is survived by four daughters, Barbara (Mark) Wagner, of Lake Park, MN; Susan (Glenn) Erickson, of Audubon, MN; Becky (Wade) Tigue, of Dilworth, MN; and Wendy (Michael) Leach, of Coralville, IA; one son, Kerry (Alicia) Kohler, of Kelso, TN; twelve grandchildren, Amanda (Todd) North, Nicholas (Natasha) Erickson, Sara (Jason) Miller, Joseph Wagner, Kyle (Nipawan) Kohler, Caleb Kohler, Rachel Kohler, Ethan (Erica) Kohler, Elli Leach, Casey (Alisha) Tigue, Jade (Brian) Miller, and Stephanie (Kishion) Leach; thirteen great grandchildren, Jackson, Max, Grady, Gavin, Finley, Easton, Harrison, Henry, Callen, Emmett, Lylah, Aiden, and Isaac; one brother, Robert Pratt, of Greendale, WI; brother in law, Lloyd (Pearl) Kohler; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her parents; sister in law, Barbara Pratt; and brothers and sisters in law, Eugene (Darlene) Kohler, Royal Kohler, Helen Hendrickson, Archie (Anna) Kohler, Leslie Kohler, Darlene Johnson, and Ronnie (Agnes) Kohler.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday June 25, 2022; 11:00 a.m. at the Bakke Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, MN. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Bakke Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Bakke Lutheran Cemetery. (Where Carolyn served as Sexton for many years.)

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes.

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