It is with heavy heart that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Carol J. Lauer, who departed on Marsh 7, with her adoring daughter by her side.

Carol was born in Berkeley, California in 1930 to Dagmar (Larson) Knudsen and Morris Knudsen.

Carol loved art and especially the art community. She had a fondness for her friend and teacher, Alan Sanborn, and participated in his critique classes. She was proud to own one of his prints.

Carol volunteered at the St Joseph Hospital for 18 years and made many friends there — ones that she still saw up until her death.

She was a member of The Redwood Arts Association for many years and participated in many shows there and at The Morris Graves and the Humboldt County Fairs. She won many prizes, honorable mentions and ribbons. We were very proud of her.

She took all sorts of classes and loved to play Mexican Train and ShangHi cards.

Always ready for a trip to Bear River casino and always in search of “The Big One.”

My mom was nice, thoughtful, generous to those in need and loved to have people over for a drink and snacks. She was fun and funny. She will be missed terribly by all and especially me, her daughter.

Carol was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 70 years, Richard, her mother Elaine Hesemeyer, brother Tommy Knudsen and son David Lauer.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Linda Anderson, granddaughter Beth Elasowich and husband Adam Elasowich, two great-granddaughters, Rosemary and Marigold, grandson Aaron Lauer, his daughter Annette, and nephew Jeff Hesemeyer.

Carol deeply valued her friendships, and her numerous cherished friends were an integral part of her life. Though impossible to name them all, she expressed immense gratitude for the joy and support they brought her.

In accordance with Carol’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. A private gathering to celebrate her life will be arranged at a later date.


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