Carol M. Williams

July 31, 1933 - April 11, 2020


Carol M. Williams, age 86, of New Prague, died peacefully in the presence of her family on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee after a 6-week diagnosis of multiple myeloma cancer.  Carol was born on July 31, 1933 in Waconia, MN to Wilmar and Eleanor (Gohlke) Trende.  She attended school in Waconia and graduated from Waconia High School.  She married the love of her life, Gerald Williams on August 1, 1951 at St. Victoria Church in Victoria, MN.  Together they farmed by Chanhassen-Victoria till 1964, when they purchased a farm near New Prague, where they continued farming until 2014, when they moved to Philipp Square in New Prague.  Besides being a farm wife, she pursued a lifelong passion to become a nursing assistant, which she worked at part-time for 5 years.


Carol and Gerald enjoyed many trips to various states, Puerto Rico, and an Alaskan Cruise.  They loved to dance to old-tyme music.  She also loved to read, going to casinos, watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette, and being with her family.  Carol’s kindness and love for others and for animals usually meant that she put others before herself; she always had a meal ready for whomever came to her door.


Carol is survived by her loving husband of 68 ½ years, Gerald; children, Mary Ellen Patch of Lonsdale, Joe Williams of Heidelberg, Connie (Harry) Shimota of Montgomery, Janice (Mike) Sticha of St. Patrick, James (Lucinda) Williams of New Prague; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Donna Kopp of Lakeville; brothers, Al (Lonnie) Trende of Shakopee, Jim (Colleen) Trende of Watertown, MN;  sister-in-law, Kathy Trende of Osakis, MN; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lavonne Maurine; brothers, Jerry & Dale Trende; brother-in-laws, Ron Maurine, Paul Kopp; sister-in-law, Betty Williams Trende; brothers- & sisters-in-law, Grace & Roman Stacken, Virginia & Edward Stacken; 1 niece; 3 nephews.


Services will be held at a later date.

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Joan Hennen
1 month ago

I did Carols hair sometime l just loved her she was interesting and so happy I’m sorry for your loss

Colleen M Trende
1 month ago

I will miss Carol so much. She was a wonderful sister-in-law to me, always greeting me with that wonderful smile and twinkling blue eyes…a beautiful person.

JoAnn Beuch
1 month ago

My sympathy to all during this difficult time.

Jean and Doug Zimanske
1 month ago

Our sympathy to all of Carol’s family and friends. I always enjoyed our visits when we would see each other, mostly at church or at the dental office. She was a kind lady and she will be missed.

Kimberly Trende-Johnson
1 month ago

My Aunt Carol always had a heart of gold and kept the family always updated as to how everyone was doing. I loved getting her cards and letters that came with. She always made sure you where taken care of whether it was a home cooked meal in your stomach or a cut that needed to be bandaged. Growing up it was so much fun to visit her and Geralds farm being apart of all her children’s weddings and graduations. My biggest memory was telling everyone that my dads sister was married to my moms brother…(that’s how my parents met)!… Read more »

Linda Bergherr (wife of late Joseph Tim Johnson)
1 month ago

I was shocked when Tom informed me of Carol’s passing. It was only a short time ago at Donna’s 90th birthday party that I had a nice long talk with Carol and Gerald. Carol graciously and consistently kept me informed of any Trende event…as well as how others in the Trendy/Williams family were doing. I enjoyed learning about her interests and other aspects of her life…and notably her kindness and love. I will miss her. Please keep me informed of the funeral details. Linda Bergherr (wife of late Joseph Tim Johnson)

Laurie Reiner Hughes
1 month ago

In 1990 I moved to New Prague and met Carol through my business. She was so kind to me. In 1992 I got married and she gave me the most beautiful serving bowl for my bridal shower. Mind you, I had not known her long, but that was Carol….she was a beautiful soul. Dr. Laurie Reiner Hughes

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