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Carol Ann Rouse

Carol Ann Rouse April 20, 1954 - Jan. 26, 2014

OLIVIA - Carol Rouse, age 59, of Olivia died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Renville County Hospital in Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. Dennis Labat as celebrant. Visitation is Wednesday 4-8 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Interment is in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice or Willmar Regional Cancer Center.

Carol Ann Rouse was born April 20, 1954 at Olivia, MN to Jack and Rose (Manderschied) Koterba. She grew up on the family farm south of Olivia and graduated from Olivia High School in 1972. On January 17, 1976 Carol married Richard Rouse at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. They made their home and farmed northeast of Olivia where Carol assisted Rich with the farm work and was a homemaker. Carol was very creative as well as a gifted seamstress and operated a small home based embroidery business. She was a founding member of the Expressions store in Olivia. She was always generous with her talents and enjoyed sharing it with others. Carol was often found in her sewing room making memorial blankets for injured/fallen soldiers and their families, as well as embroidering on sleep sacks for the prevention of SIDS. She had also contributed various items for many other organizations including Relay For Life. Carol was a member St. Mary's Catholic Church, the CCW, and the Blue Star Mothers. Carol also enjoyed gardening, photography, shopping, raising grapes, and especially loved spending time with her eight grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her husband, Rich Rouse of Olivia; her three children and their spouses: Jason and Brenda Rouse of Olivia, Jonathan and Natalie Rouse of Victoria, and Jennifer and Ryan McGraw of Maple Grove; her eight grandchildren: Michaela and Zachariah Rouse, Addison and Bennett Rouse, William, Malena, Aiden and Keegan McGraw; her two brothers: Gordon (and Wanda) Koterba of Paradise, TX, Kenny (and Rosie) Koterba of Azle, TX; and her two sisters: Diane (and Gary) Billemeier of Grapevine, TX, and Joleen (and Bruce) Christiansen of St. Cloud and many nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Bird Island, MN

(320) 523-1102