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“Love you big Sis!!! To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Carol will be deeply missed. ”
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Carol R. Henkel, age 74, of Dorchester, IA, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 p.m., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Carol was born on November 4, 1942, in Dubuque, daughter of Oliver, Sr. and Mary (Garrett) Merz.

Carol grew up in Dubuque, where she earnestly worked as a cashier at Walsh's until she eventually met, and fell in love with her one true soul-mate, James H. Henkel. The cute couple was united in marriage on September 10, 1962 at St. Patrick's Church, and were graciously blessed with over 56 wonderful years of marriage, and 4 deeply adored children. Carol quickly embraced the role of loving wife and mother and proudly nurtured her family through each and every day with a commitment that would never tire. She was a faithful, and long-time member of Sacred Heart Church, and joyfully volunteered many hours of her time in the Bingo Hall. In her free-time, Carol enjoyed searching for the newest recipes to add to her already grand collection of cookbooks, and was always up for a relaxing day under the sun with a freshly baited hook in hand. But, when it came to Carol's purest pleasures in life; nothing could compare to the precious time she would get to spend with her family. A day with the grandkids and great-grandkids were never taken for granted and she absolutely savored every second along the way. Sadly, today we find ourselves feverishly retaining all of the beautiful memories Carol leaves behind as our hearts ache at their foundation. Thankfully, we know and trust that we'll see our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend again one day; but until that day arrives, a primary piece of our mind, body and soul must temporarily remain fractured with a void which only treasured memories can fill.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include
her loving husband,
Jim Henkel, Dorchester, IA;

her 3 children,
Kathy M. (Sean) Hedges, Dubuque, IA,
Kenneth J. (Laura) Henkel, Davenport, IA
and Keith J. (Fiancé Tricia Witt) Henkel, Letts, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Ashley (Adam) Goodwin, Tyler Smith, Andre, Dylan, Jared and Baylee Henkel and Chris Witt;

her 4 great-granddaughters,
Raylee Henkel, Mackenzie Goodwin, Rosalie Smith and Adaley Goodwin to make her earthly arrival shortly;

her siblings,
Dian Bradberry, Dubuque, IA,
Donald Merz, Graf, IA,
Beverly "Bev" McDermott, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Dennis) Hermsen, Farley,IA,
Terry (Carol) Merz, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl "Sue" (Vince) Lopez, Dubuque, IA,
Janice (John) Peil, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis Merz, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her numerous nieces and nephews;

and she is also survived by many special friends in Dorchester including Pam, Darcy and too many others to mention.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Karen Sue Henkel; 2 sisters, Betty (Leo) Vogt and Gloria (Ralph) Cockrell; 3 brothers, Joseph Merz, Charles (Maxine) Kirkpatrick and Oliver (Rae) Merz, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Joan Merz; and 2 brothers-in-law, Calvin Bradberry, Sr. and Leo Vogt.

A Carol R. Henkel memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care and support of Carol and her family.