Carole Joffer, age 72, of Brooten, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at her home with family at her side after a short battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Brooten.

Funeral services for Carole Mildred Joffer will be held Monday, June 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton, MN, with Lay Minister Kathy Terpstra officiating. COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly enforced.

A livestream of Carol’s service can be found on the Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, MN, at starting at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020. 

Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton, MN.

I was born on a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon December 7, 1947 in Breckenridge, MN, to Hazel & Jerome Eickholt.  My mom and dad rode to the hospital with the doctor, as there was no hospital in Wheaton.  

On the way home from the hospital that night, my dad rescued a neighbor lady stuck in the ditch.  My parents were the kind of people who did many nice things for others.

My special Swedish Grandma (Grandma Apple) lived with us my entire childhood.  I was an only child and she was like an older sister.  We had many fun times and I got my love of “sweets” from her.  I was an animal lover from the day I could walk, and had quite a variety of pets (cats, pet pig, parakeets) but my favorites were the dogs.  My mom and I raised orphaned lambs that a neighbor gave us.

Every Sunday, we would get together with my Westby Cousins from Rosholt, SD.  It was always a fun day.  We took our dimes and went to the pool hall and bought banana popsicles.  We played a lot of card games and my Aunt Milly loved to bake (I loved everything she made).

When I was 13 I won a manual typewriter by entering a contest.  I practice on this daily, and typed almost every day of my life after that. (From a typewriter to a computer).  I did office work full time for 50+ years.  I loved to write “Little True Stories” and would send them to friends & relatives.

I started working in Minneapolis in 1965, but hated the “big City” and moved to Fergus Falls in 1967.  I worked for Moen Reality there for 19 ½ years.

My son, Travis was born in 1972, and we lived in Fergus until 1986 when we moved to Brooten, and I married Gary on Dec. 6, 1986.  My dad, Travis and I loved to fish.  Sadly, Travis passed away suddenly in June 1997 at age 24.  My mom passed away 7 months later.  It was so difficult not having “family”.

Gary and I spent many fun vacation trips out West to Wyoming to see cousins (Peggy on the way) & Keith & Kay.  My favorite hobbies were reading, cooking, baking (and eating what I baked) and gardening.

Walking my many wonderful dogs daily was the most enjoyable as I had a special bond with all of them.  Memorials are requested to local Animal Shelters (where I got my pets). The 24 red roses are in memory of the 24 short years I had with Trav.  Having many wonderful long time friends was a special delight over the years.

Carole is survived by her husband: Gary Joffer of Brooten, MN; and her “Rosholt Cousins”: Peggy Westby of Aberdeen, SD, Kay Pederson of Basin, WY, Betty Braaten of Rosholt, SD, and Dean Westby of Crestview, FL.

Carole was preceded in death by her son: Travis John Eickholt; parents: Jerry and Hazel Eickholt; and beloved Grandma Emma.

To sign the online guestbook, watch the video tribute or service recording visit

The Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, Minnesota is in charge of arrangements.


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