In Memory of

Carol

Ann

Eggers

(Johnson)

Obituary for Carol Ann Eggers (Johnson)

Carol Ann Eggers (nee. Johnson) of Excelsior, MN, “CC” to her grandsons, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 25, 2023. She was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer (Glioblastoma) in November 2022. After surgery she was able to spend her remaining time at home with her family.

Carol was born January 9, 1946 in Chisholm, MN. She was a daddy’s girl and a happy, active only child whose energy earned her the nickname “Scooter.” She enjoyed Iron Range delicacies like pasties, potiça and Fraboni’s porketta. Her family had a cabin on Little Sturgeon Lake and spent hours boating and waterskiing with friends. A childhood friend described her as the kindest, happiest, most welcoming kid, who was always fun to just be around.

She graduated from Chisholm High School in 1964 and St. Olaf College in 1968. She felt a bit out of place as a Swede among so many Norwegians at St. Olaf but she met many great people including her lifelong best friend/sister, Teena Bolin. Carol majored in English and Secondary Education. After graduation she married her high school sweetheart, John Ryder. John was a pilot in the Air Force, which brought her to live in Colorado and Oklahoma. He was soon deployed to Vietnam where he went Missing In Action in 1970.

After John’s disappearance, Carol returned to Minnesota, where she taught English at St. Louis Park High School and Bloomington Kennedy. She bought a house near her coworker and good friend, Emmy Mueller, in the Libbs Lake neighborhood of Minnetonka in 1974. As a new homeowner, she frequented Eggers Decorating Center, a paint and wallpaper store in Wayzata. She caught the eye of the owner’s son, Bill, who asked her to the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce awards dinner for their first date in February 1976. They hit it off, were engaged in April and married in June. Their daughter Amy was born in July 1977 and Elizabeth, August 1980. Carol loved being a mom and stayed home full-time with her girls. She also volunteered with the PTO, the Waytonka Club, the Junior League and taught Sunday School at Minnetonka Lutheran Church and Westwood Lutheran Church.

In the 90’s, she returned to teaching at Chaska Middle School, then to St Louis Park High School to work in the Media Center, working her way up to head of the Media Center while studying for her master’s in Library Science at Hamline University. She retired in 2003 and indulged her passion for plants working at Bachmans’ in Plymouth. Her love for kids and teaching drew her back to a position as Writing Specialist at Hopkins West Junior High. She retired for good in 2013 after the birth of her first grandson so she would have the freedom to help out “at the drop of a hat.”

She adored her grandchildren and loved being a grandma. From her two daughters she was given four grandsons: Will (11), Tom (7), Leo (4) and Bennett, aka Bubba (2). She was a get-down-on-the-floor-and-play kind of grandma, even in the last weeks of her life, and brought lots of hugs, kisses and treats to every visit.

When she was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, her goals were: “give me time with my grandsons and get me to the beach.” Her happy place was Fort Myers Beach where she and Bill spent time each winter. She loved to walk the beach, listen to the waves, hunt for shells and dig in the sand with her grandkids. We managed to get her back to the beach two more times after her diagnosis.

Carol loved to make things beautiful and loved to celebrate. She could set a table like no one else and would do so three days in advance. She sewed special tablecloths, custom clothing, aprons and Halloween costumes and Tooth Fairy Pillows. She knitted sweaters, baby blankets and prayer shawls. She designed beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion, filled her window boxes for summer and winter, spent hours in her garden tending her hostas and ferns. For her, no party was complete without special napkins and balloons, Maker’s Mark, potato chips with “Top the Tator”, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. And don’t forget music, dancing and playing cards!

Carol was a problem-solver and a go-getter. During the height of Covid Bill and Carol “bubbled in” with Elizabeth’s family to help with little Leo and, later, baby Bubba. During this time she only saw Will and Tom outdoors with activities like wiener roasts, soccer (which earned her a black eye), and basketball. She enjoyed boot hockey and fireworks on her 75th birthday, a birthday she called “the best birthday yet.”

She also loved to drive, “zipping around” in her Mazda 626, cruising around on a sunny day in her Solera convertible or treading over snow and ice in her Acura SUV to get to her grandchildren (even if she was told to stay home in bad weather). It was a big loss for her when after surgery, she was told she would no longer be allowed to drive.

With Carol it wasn’t only what she did but how she made you feel. Carol made people feel special wherever she went. She was always friendly and quick with a smile, chatted with store clerks and grocery cashiers. If you were friends with her daughters, you were part of the family. One of these adoptees recently put it so eloquently;

“Your Mom was easily one of the most instantly delightful people you could ever meet. Her sweet voice greeted you with an irresistible joyfulness that made you immediately feel like you were “in”. In on her infectious kindness. In on her urgent curiosity to know more about you. In on her explicit love for her family and, by extension, the loves of her family. I just immediately felt so swallowed by her genuine goodness. For a quick moment, you felt like #1 for someone.”

A bright star has gone out, please honor her by shining your light in the world
and by join us for a Celebration of Carol’s Life

Saturday, October 14
1:00 pm Visitation
2:00 pm Service
Reception to Follow
Mt Calvary Lutheran Church
301 County Rd 19, Excelsior MN
Carol loved color, especially red. Please wear your brightest colors and prints!

In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to:

The Plaster House https://www.friendsofkafikahouse.org, or
The Mt Calvary Foundation https://mount calvary.org/foundation/

Special thanks to Park Nicollet Hospice and Visiting Angels Home Care for their amazing support for Carol and the Eggers family, and to so many of you who have held us up along this long short journey.

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