NEW?ULM Carol Schwarz, 81, of New Ulm, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Rev. Grant Bode officiating. Burial will follow at the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest section.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Schmucker Funeral Service of New Ulm and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Carol Antonette Marka, the daughter of Frank and Nora Marka, was born October 7, 1930 in Mankato. She graduated from Good Counsel High School in 1949. Carol was united in marriage to Alan Schwarz January 23, 1954 in Mankato. The couple made their home in Mankato and Bird Island before moving to New Ulm in 1960. They made their home in Nevis, MN from 1990 until 2004 when they returned to New Ulm. Carol worked at Kraft Foods in New Ulm and also was a home daycare provider. She was a kind and loving friend to many. Carol thoroughly enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events and activities. She loved listening to and watching Twins baseball. She especially liked Joe Mauer. She loved her Lord Jesus and is now with him in heaven. Carol was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm where she was active in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Fellowship Club and the Altar Guild.
Survivors include her husband Alan Schwarz of New Ulm; children, David Schwarz of Cottonwood, Jim Schwarz (Sarah) of New Ulm, Mark Schwarz (Barb) of Benson, Tom Schwarz (Mary) of New Ulm; 12 grandchildren, Melissa Martinez-Sones (Adam Kintopf) of St. Paul, Benjamin, Jacob, Elijah and Anika Schwarz of Cottonwood, Jay, William and Claire Schwarz of New Ulm, Luke and Chad Schwarz of Benson, Daniel and Isaac Schwarz of New Ulm; two great-grandchildren, Cecilia and Ruby Kintopf of St. Paul; brother, Thomas Marka of Mankato; sister, Mary Skaggs (L.C.) of Seattle, WA; sisters-in-law, Jeannette Marka and Lorraine Neubert both of Mankato; brother-in-law, Merton Schwarz (Elaine) of Waseca; sisters-in-law, Louise Cords of Mankato, Patricia Schwarz of Spring Valley; brother-in-law Dean Schwarz of Hartland; many nieces, nephews and good friends.
In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her brothers, Gilbert, Roy, Raymond, Frank, James, Eugene and Peter Marka; sisters, Loretta Biedscheid, Frances Armstrong, Catherine Weingartz, Charlotte Walters; brothers-in-law, Harold Cords, Harold Schwarz, Donald Biedscheid, Alva Armstrong, Louis Weingartz, Billy Walters; and sisters-in-law, Maria Marka, Alvina Marka, Marge Marka, Donna Marka and Shirley Schwarz.