Carol Leora (Kohler) Messenger, 56, of Edmond, Okla., died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Mercy Health Center in Edmond after a 10-year struggle with breast cancer.
Carol L. Messenger was born Feb. 5, 1949, in Le Mars, the daughter of Elmer and Rosalia (Munhoven) Kohler.
Carol attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and graduated from Gehlen High School in Le Mars in 1967. While in school, she was the church organist and a member of the choir. It was there that she developed her lifelong love of the ancient Tridentine (Latin) Mass and Gregorian Chant.
On Dec. 31, 1970, Carl was united in marriage to Ralph G. Messenger at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Carol was a member of the Catholic Parish of Saint John the Baptist in Edmond. She was a past member of Saint John's wonderful choir. She was a member of the Wednesday night quilting group at St. John's where she developed deep friendships with some truly Catholic Christian women.
Carol loved to sing and play the piano, Growing up in Le Mars, she was a member of an award winning Sweet Adeline's Quartet and chorus.
She was employed the last 12 years by Dillard's before retiring. She loved her co-workers and her many steady customers.
Carol will be remembered as a devoted loving wife, loving mother of five and a joyful friend. She had a wonderful sense of humor and she brought joy to everyone with whom she had contact.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Ralph of Edmond; three daughters, Tanya Rose Wander of Cypress, Texas, Emily Rose Messenger and Sally Rose Messenger, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sons, Greg Messenger and Nick Messenger, both of Edmond; two grandsons, Russell and Nicholas Wander of Cypress, Texas; a sister, Lynda Kowalke of Le Mars; and many brother and sister-in-laws, dozens of nieces, nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Rosalia Kohler and a brother, Kal Kohler.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at Saint John the Baptist in Edmond, with the Rev. Rex Arnold officiating. Internment will be in the Resurrection Cemetery in Oklahoma City. A rosary was held Sunday at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Louis Vander Ley officiating, at the Baggerley Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond.
Pallbearers will be Norm Becker, James Crocker, Timothy Jarvis, Leland Neubauer, Bobby Sanders and Kelly Schwarz.