Carol Lee (Krenz) Wilcox, 72, of Parkers Prairie, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Knute Nelson Nursing Home in Alexandria, Minn. 

Born on November 10, 1949, in St. Paul, Minn., to Clifford and Jean Krenz she attended and graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1967. Carol and Harold were high school sweethearts and were united in marriage on May 24, 1969, at Saint Mary of the Lake Church in White Bear Lake. In 1978 their family became complete when the couple adopted their son James Jeremy “J.J.” 

Carol worked as a claims processor at Traveler’s Insurance in Saint Paul, Minn., for several years before working hospitality at Holiday Inn in Maplewood, Minn. The couple made their home in White Bear Lake, Minn., until 1985 when they moved to Henning as the owners and operators of Middle Leaf Resort. After selling the resort Carol kept busy working until she found her niche as a personal care assistant at Share a Home in Wadena, until her retirement. 

Carol was known for her entertaining stories which she loved to share. Her hands were rarely still – she could be found jumping headfirst into a project, collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House, beating her family and friends at bowling, fishing or simply enjoying a NASCAR race or puzzle. And through it all she always had a dog (or dogs) by her side. 

Deeply loved, Carol’s passing will be mourned by her husband of 52 years: Harold; her brothers-in-law: Gary (Pat) Wilcox, Craig Wilcox; her sisters in spirit: Marie, Pat, Sherry, and Shirley; uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. 

Carol is preceded in death by her son J.J. Wilcox, parents Cliff and Jean Krenz, in-laws Bud and Corrine Wilcox, sister-in-law Sue Wilcox, niece Michelle Wilcox, grandparents and many aunts and uncles. 

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.