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Francis Carolan

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Francis T. Carolan, age 83 of Charles City died Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Charles City with Rev. Carl Ries celebrating the Mass. Lector for the service will be Jason Carolan. The offertory gifts will be presented by four of his great grandchildren, Christopher Njus, Nikki Njus, Blake Holschlag, and Braden Holschlag. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Charles City with Francis' grandsons, Curt Njus, Jason Carolan, Tim Njus, Craig Holschlag, Jamie Carolan, Lucas Taddonio, Evan Taddonio, and Brad Holschlag serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug and June Temple. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church social hall where there will be a 5:00 p.m. scripture service. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton is in charge of arrangements. Francis Thomas Carolan was born January 18, 1928 in rural Lawler, Iowa, the son of Frank and Alice (Whalen) Carolan. He received his education in Lawler and was a graduate of Lawler High School. On October 24, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, he married Madonna Brown. To this union, four children were born. The couple lived and farmed near Waucoma and Lawler and in 1970 moved to Charles City where they continued their farming operation. Francis enjoyed listening to the farm markets, spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, playing cards, and dancing to polka music. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Madonna; a son, John (Marianne) Carolan of Charles City; three daughters, Carolee (Terry) Stuffelbeam of McGregor, IA, Joannie (Orlo) Njus of Lawler, Linda Taddonio of St. Paul, MN; a brother, Paul Carolan of Bull Head City, AZ; a sister, Ann Marie Ellingson of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren, Brad Holschlag of Phoenix, AZ, Craig (Jodi) Holschlag of Rochester, MN, Curt (Dana) Njus of Pine Island, MN, Tim (Brenda) Njus of Lawler, IA, Jason (Kellie) Carolan of State Center, IA, Jamie (Sherry) Carolan of Charles City, IA, Lucas Taddonio, and Evan Taddonio both of St. Paul, MN; and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Ryan Holschlag; a granddaughter, Jennifer Carolan; four brothers, Gene, Jim, Bob, and Charles; and one sister, Bernadette Nosbisch.

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  1. Linda, Madonna, and family, I am so sorry to hear about Frank. I sure you will miss him a lot. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Jerry Schmitt

  2. Joannie and family, My computer has been down until today. So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Have a lot of memories of when I was a kid baling hay on his farm. Know that he is in a better place keeping an eye on everyone. May God bless you all.

  3. My deepest sympathies are with you and your family during your time of loss. May Our Father in Heaven wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you in your hour of need.

  4. Joanie and Orlo, Our thoughts are with you. The time is never right to lose your dad. We can imagine all the great stories and memories you are telling this week as you remember him fondly. May the good memories and your faith help to ease the pain. Joe and Mary Sharon Peraud

  5. Joannie and family,I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you . God Bless Sharon

  6. So sorry to hear about Frank. Pretty much knew him my whole life growing up around the Colwell area. My sympathies to the family.

  7. Joannie,Carole and families, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You both and your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead.

  8. Madonna and family – so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless and keep you! Frances Ashley Jim & Marge Ashley Mary Ashley

  9. Madonna–so sorry to hear of Frank’s death. I’ll always remember the twinkle in his eye and a big smile. Thinking of all you–Carolee, Joanie, Linda, Johnny, and Craig and family.


  11. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry that we can not be there. Our prayers are with you. Love Bob & Gerry Freese

  12. To Franks family, So sorry to read of Franks death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Jack and Kathy

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