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-Patricia Anne Carroll-

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Patricia Anne Carroll, 81, of Muscatine, died Saturday, January 23, 2010, at her home.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the St. Mathias Church, 215 W Eighth Street.  The Reverends Jason Crossen and Joseph Sia will con-celebrate the mass.  A funeral luncheon will be held at Gannon Hall following the mass.  Private Burial will take place in Grandview. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. Vigil Service followed by at Rosary Prayer Service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, it was Pat’s desire that memorials go to the Patricia & Francis Carroll Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine or Unity Hospice.  Online condolences for the Carroll family may be left at www.wittichfuneralhome.com

Patricia was born on January 29, 1928, to Howard and Marie Plessey Carl in Casper, Wyoming, where she won the most beautiful baby of the year contest.  The Carl family returned to Muscatine when she was a toddler.  She attended St. Mathias schools, graduating in 1946

Prior to her marriage she worked in a clerical position at Swifts Poultry Company in Muscatine.

Pat married Francis Edward Carroll on October 2, 1948 in Muscatine and they started their farm life together near Grandview.  Francis died May 26, 1977, after 29 years of marriage. Following his death, Pat completed a clerical course at Muscatine Community College. Starting in fall of 1978, Pat spent 19 years working at Louisa-Muscatine Junior High, where she enjoyed interacting with kids, punching lunch tickets, and opening lockers, working in the library, but most of all greeting student with compassion and an enthusiasm for learning.  Prior to her retirement in 1977, she ensured that all of her children achieved their desired education. Pat instilled in her family a value for learning, having three children and three daughters-in-law who became educators. Coincidently Pat and Francis raised their family in a home that was previously a country schoolhouse. Achieving her goal of seeing her children educated, Pat retired to enjoy travel with her sisters and family members around the country, with numerous trips abroad.

Pat’s greatest gift to her family was her nurturing nature, which she demonstrated through activities such as two decades as a 4-H leader and years of church activities at St. Mathias Church. She was blessed with many friends in the Grandview Federated Club, where she was one of the charter members, the Grandview Community Club and served several years as a Hospice Volunteer. Along with Francis, she was involved with many Louisa County Farm Bureau activities. She always recognized the value of every person she met, and this will be greatly missed by her family.  She was a lifelong member of the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish.

Pat was survived by eleven children, Elizabeth Pittman and husband, Dana, John Carroll and his wife, Colette, of Burlington, Anne Carroll, Richard Carroll and his wife, Jan Collinson, of Muscatine, Maureen Funk and her husband, Brad, of Princeton, Missouri, Mark Carroll and his wife, Barb, of Grandview, Paul Carroll and his wife, Lori, Trish Carroll and her husband, Dick Strahota, of Darien, Connecticut, Sheila Conrad and her husband, Greg, of Martell, Teresa Colgan and her husband, Mike, of Burlington, and Sara Riesenberg and her husband, Steve, of Halbur. 

Grandchildren, Jenny Mullikin, Jeff Meiburg, Mandy Duncan, Darren Pittman, Nick Carroll, Courtney Mleczewski, Collin Carroll, Carson Carroll, Bret Funk, Lauren Funk, Alisa Funk, Matt Carroll, Richard Carroll, David Conrad, Chloe Riesenberg, and Lucas Riesenberg. 

Her great-grandchildren, Nathan, Rachel, and Ella Mullikin, Michael and Deanna Meiburg, Austin Daufeldt, and Christopher Pittman,  Madaline Conrad. 

Pat is also survived by two sisters, Marilyn Brodie of Muscatine and Betty Edenson of Bettendorf, four in-laws Gertrude Busch, Genevieve Furlong,  Maryrose Carl of Muscatine, and Bonnie Carl of Oxnard, California.  

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; parents; two brothers, Bill Carl and Bob Carl; and a great grand-daughter Emily Duncan.

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