October 27, 2017


Carol Lenz, 71, of Carroll, passed away on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Oct. 30, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Kevin Richter as celebrant. Concelebrants were Father Brian Feller, Father Edmund Tiedeman and Father Peter Nguyen. Lectors were Angie Palmer and Susan Pauley. Gift bearers were Carol’s grandchildren. Casket bearers were Kevin Pudenz, Mike Lenz, Gary Wiskus, Alissa Fisher, Laura Rohe and Tricia Weberg. Burial was at Holy Family Cemetery near Lidderdale.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Kuemper Foundation Memorial Fund. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Jan. 31, 1946, in Denison, Iowa, she was a daughter of Floyd and Grace (Simon) Meehan. She grew up on her family’s farm near Vail and graduated from Kuemper High School in 1964. Following high school, Carol worked for Wunschel Law Firm for two years. She was married to Ray Lenz on Nov. 4, 1967, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail by Father Leo Lenz. Ray and Carol made their home on the Lenz family farm north of Carroll.

After the birth of her first child, Carol devoted her life to raising her children and supporting her husband’s business. She was an avid volunteer and spent many hours volunteering at St. Anthony Nursing Home with her good friend Betty Ann Juergens, Holy Family Parish, and numerous other projects. In 2002, she completed a degree in interior design. Carol enjoyed flowers, decorating her home, singing in the Carroll Community Chorus, following Notre Dame football, and spending time with her family and many good friends.

Carol is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ray Lenz, of Carroll; two daughters Julie Vessel (Paul) of Edina, Minnesota, and Janelle Lenz Schreck (Chase) of Carroll; son: Scott Lenz (Jodi) of Carroll; a daughter-in-law Sara Messerich (Dan) of Carroll; seven grandchildren: Carolyn, Amelia and Thomas Vessel, Madeline and Jack Lenz, and Lillian and Louie Schreck; two sisters: Karen Pudenz (Kenneth) of Harrisburg, Missouri, and Pat Heithoff (Morrie) of Manning; sister-in-law Phyllis Wiskus (Arnold) of Dedham; three brothers-in-law: Dean Lenz (Joyce) of Mesa, Arizona, Maurice Lenz (Eileen) of Decorah, Iowa, and Merle Lenz (Mary Rose) of Elkhorn, Nebraska; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Floyd and Grace Meehan; her father- and mother-in-law: Edward and Lillian Lenz; Ray’s half brother: Louie Lenz; and her son Chad Lenz, on June 27, 2010.