Carolyn L. (Baucke) Kroll

January 5, 1941 ~ June 19, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old


Carolyn Louise Kroll was born to Orville and Clara (Heideman) Baucke on January 5, 1941 on a farm near Tecumseh, Nebraska.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tecumseh.  She walked to rural country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Tecumseh High School.  She loved being outside helping dad on the farm while her sister helped mom in the house.  Aunt Lily lived with them on the farm.  After high school Carolyn worked cleaning houses in Tecumseh. She loved going to dances, especially polka dances.

She met future husband Leonard Thomas Kroll while he was still in the military.  They were united in marriage in Iowa on August 29, 1959.  To this union seven children were born. Carolyn became a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church after their marriage.  She was an active member of the St. Mary’s Altar Society.  Carolyn and Leonard raised their family on the farm beginning with no running water, so she carried it from the well.  At one time she had five children and babies under the age of seven.  Carolyn would always rather be on the tractor than in the house cleaning and cooking, but she was a very good cook.  She was known for her famous chili soup, pink stuff, and her pot of noodles. Leonard passed away January 27, 1994.  After Leonard’s passing, Carolyn went to work part-time as a secretary/bookkeeper for Field Ford in Tecumseh, working with Chris Hindera for many years. Carolyn loved taking care of her grandkids, being with family and being outdoors watching nature.  

When her health declined, Carolyn moved to Gold Crest in Adams, Nebraska.  She passed away there June 19, 2023 at the age of 82 years.

Carolyn is survived by her children, Dan Kroll and wife Nadine. Tom Kroll, Kathy Wenzl and husband Kevin, Bob Kroll and wife Laura, Roger Kroll and Sarah Giovanni and husband Mike, 8 grandchildren, Kindra Kroll, April Parker and husband Chad, Daniel Kroll and wife Megan, Tawnya Bornemeier and husband Nate, Tayler Kroll, Jake Kroll, Zac Kroll and wife Audrey and Mikey Giovanni, 10 great-grandchildren, Kade and Mara Shaffer, Grace and Lucy Parker, Charlotte, Brooklyn and Lincoln Kroll, Natelie and Gareth Bornemeier and Annabelle Kroll, sister Eunice Cole, brother Ron Baucke and wife Becky and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, son David and brother-in-law Stan Cole.

Mass of Christian Burial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday, June 24, 2023 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Mary, Nebraska with Father Christopher Kubat officiating. The service was also livestreamed on the Wherry Mortuary Facebook page and a link to the livestream is now available at the bottom of Carolyn's webpage.  

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2023 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska.  Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Memorials may go to the family’s choice.

Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary, Nebraska.

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June 23, 2023

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh
202 N. 3rd Street
Tecumseh, NE 68450

Recitation of the Rosary
June 23, 2023

7:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary, NE

Mass of Christian Burial
June 24, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary, NE


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