January 22, 1945 - September 25, 2016


Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 29th at 11:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie for Carol J. Mertes, age 71, of St. Joseph, who died on Sunday at her home. Rev. Julius Beckermann OSB will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday after 9:30 AM at the Church in Jacobs Prairie.

Carol was born January 22, 1945 in Schuyler, NE to Ladislav and Magdalen (Novotny) Hanel. She was a beautician for 21 years. Carol owned and operated a beauty shop in Columbus, NE for 19 years. She met Joseph on a trip to Germany, and moved to Minnesota a married him on March 23rd, 1987. They farmed near St. Joseph and Carol also worked for Coborns for 18 years. She enjoyed her companions Cricket and Sasha. Carol also enjoyed gardening, her flowers, reading, traveling with her son Bill, NASCAR and football.

Carol is survived by her husband Joe, son Bill, both of St. Joseph, stepson, Mario, St. Cloud, brother Frank Hanel (Rosie) Omaha, NE, sister Mary Munter (Mike) Lincoln, NE, many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents.