Passed away on her 88th birthday at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Carol was born on July 29, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of William and Antoinette Turnwall. Carol learned about unconditional love and caring for others from her pastor father. Through her mother's gentle guidance, Carol learned what kindness, patience, and grace meant in everyday life and actions. Her brother Richard Turnwall (Marjorie) and sister Doris Rehnberg (James) predeceased her. When she was six years old, Carol and her family moved to Duluth, Minnesota. The family returned to Chicago when Carol was twelve. She graduated from Amundsen High School and began her college education at Bethel College in St. Paul. Subsequently, Carol attended the University of Minnesota, where she received a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.A. in Educational Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Carol's professional experience included teaching in the Edina and Mounds View Public School Districts. She worked in various administrative positions in Mounds View, capping those jobs as Deputy Superintendent. Carol was appointed Superintendent of the Chaska Public Schools (now Eastern Carver County Schools), where she remained for eight years. Roseville School District then recruited and hired her as Superintendent, where she served for another eight years until her retirement in 1998. During her career, Carol was recognized often for her leadership accomplishments, including being named 'Woman of Distinction' by the Mpls./St. Paul and Twin Cities Business Monthly magazines. She was a valued mentor to emerging school administrators and an innovative practitioner, gifted in bringing discordant groups of people together to make organizational changes centered on two primary goals: improving student learning and strengthening the teaching profession. Carol exemplified collaborative leadership, encouraging parents and educators to work together in what she called a "conspiracy of love" on behalf of children. As meaningful as her professional career was, Carol's most cherished and important job was raising her two wonderful children, Lynn and David. Lynn and David remained her close confidants and beloved children, along with Jamie Wilson, David's wife. Carol was devoted to her grand children and great-grandchildren: Will Starr and his wife Ashley; Renee Starr and her husband Aaron Rice; S Ericson and Henry Ericson; Simeon, Louis, and Lena Joy Starr; and Mona Rice. Carol was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, as well as a treasured friend. Carol's unwavering kindness and encouragement supported and uplifted those who loved her. Their lives were forever enriched by her presence. May she rest in eternal peace. A private family committal will be held. Details regarding a celebration of life will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Roseville Area Schools Foundation at 1910 County Road B W, Roseville, MN 55113.
Published by Pioneer Press on Aug. 1, 2021.