Carol A. Thelen died Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the age of 76. She was born September 21, 1944 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of Earl and Helen (Miller) Frechen. Carol was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler and loved spending time with her family. Carol has been in retail sales most of her life. She started as a child with her father’s business, Frechen’s Market in Fowler to the Julie K Shop, the Body Shop and Becker’s Bridal. On November 19, 1966 she married Gerald Thelen and he survives her. Also surviving are her three children, Connie (Richard) LaFontaine of Midland, James Thelen and Michelle (Terry) Smith all of Fowler; five grandchildren, Donald (Kendra) Weishuhn Jr., Joseph, Katherine, Rebecca and Nicholas Smith; one great granddaughter, Eliza Weishuhn; three sisters, Bernice Robison, Sharon (Clifford) Brown and JoAnn (Larry) Irrer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chuck Trierweiler, Kay Frechen, Barb Thelen, Neil and Fran Thelen and Pam Thelen and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Richard Frechen, sisters, Jean Trierweiler and Patty Schafer and brothers and sisters-in-law, Don Robison, LeRoy Schafer, Elden Thelen, Ronald and Betty Thelen, Keith Thelen, Denny Thelen, and Bud and Shirley Pardee. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions the family has chosen to have a private funeral service for Carol. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of donor’s choice. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.
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