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Carol Kahl

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Carol Kahl, 83, of Whiting, Iowa, formerly of Manning, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Whiting.

Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning with Pastor Jonathan Conner officiating. Organist for the service will be Timothy Conner. Casket bearers will be Kari Menefee, Brooke Kahl, Cody Kahl, Clayton Kahl, Chloe Kahl, Tanner Gebers and Alex Menefee. Honorary casket bearers will be Stacy Larson, Kevin Larson and Eric Kahl. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the Manning Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Those who wish to send cards and memorials may mail them to: The Family of Carol Kahl, C/O Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home, 705 N. Carroll St., Carroll, Iowa 51401.

Those in attendance at Carol’s service are asked to abide by COVID-19 guidelines, and masks are required at the church.

Carol was born to Laurence and Thersa (Westerling) Ringling on Nov. 4, 1937, in Worthington, Minnesota. She grew up in Harris, Iowa, where she attended public school through 10th grade and later attended Western Christian School in Hull, Iowa, where she graduated with the Class of 1956. Carol then attended nurse’s training in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, completing her clinical training at McKennan Hospital. She worked as a nurse in Orange City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls.

On Sept. 25, 1964, Carol married Marlin Fredrick Kahl in Ocheydan, Iowa. Four boys were born to this union: Kevin, Gerald, Brian and Wendel. The family made their home in Rock Rapids, Iowa, where Carol worked at the Rock Rapids Hospital (Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital). In March 1967, they moved to Manning, and Carol continued her career at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. In 1971, she began working at the Manning General Hospital and worked there as an LPN, in surgery, medical floor, labor and delivery and as a nurse educator teaching babysitting class, CPR and Lamaze classes. On Sept. 8, 2003, Carol retired after 34 years of service at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Carol continued to enjoy retirement and living in the Manning community until 2018, when she moved to Pleasant View Assisted Living to be closer to family.

Carol was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. She worked and volunteered at Manning Senior Center and Manning Hausbarn after retirement. Carol enjoyed coffee, dinner dates and playing cards with close friends. She was passionate about her lifelong career in nursing, evidenced by the number of lives she touched and by her work with the American Cancer Society.

Carol cherished her family, raising her four boys, and later watching her grandchildren grow up. She taught them how to garden, cook and attended many sporting events, concerts and plays. Carol will be remembered for her kind and caring heart, her sense of humor, her chocolate chip cookies and the wonderful big hugs she shared with all.

Carol is survived by her four sons: Kevin Kahl (Chris) of Davenport, Iowa, Gerald Kahl (Charlotte) of Cave Creek, Arizona, Brian Kahl (Sheryl) of Everly, Iowa, and Wendel Kahl (Tracy) of Onawa, Iowa; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and extended relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Marlin, in 2016.

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