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July 9, 1942 - Oct. 11, 2013
Carol Pretzer, 71, passed away unexpectedly Friday in a local hospital following complications from a fall suffered Oct. 6.
She was born in Madison, Nebraska and has lived in Benicia since 1980. She worked as a Legal Secretary for over 30 years for a number of employers including the Solano County District Attorney, Solano County Courts and the law offices of Dinkelspiel, Donovan & Reder in San Francisco. She retired in 1996.
Carol was a member of the Benicia Lutheran Church and Presidio Yacht Club. She worked as an Avon representative, volunteered for Relay for Life events, as well as for the
Auxiliary. She also assisted in her grandson Teddy's autism class at Benicia High School. Carol loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her giving and kind nature, as well as her fun-loving spirit.
Carol is survived by her husband, Michael; daughter, Anne (Chris) Cardwell; stepdaughter, Michelle (Anthony) Kanigowski; stepson, Michael Lee Pretzer; sisters, Opal Geweke, Mildred Petersen, Leola Luedtke & Delores Blakeman; brother, Lester Demmel; and her grandchildren, Teddy, Patrick and Atticus Cardwell, Tony and Angela Kanigowski and Rachel and Erica Pretzer.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Benicia Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. David A. Floyd officiating. Burial will be private. Family prefers donations go to Autism Speaks at
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Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Oct. 16, 2013
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"Still miss you so much, Carol. It still breaks my heart."
- Pepper Rae
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- Lucy Marlett
"Michael and Anne, So sorry for your loss. Carol was the best. My prayers and thoughts are with your..."
- Mary Clement
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