On Friday, April 30, 2021, Carol (Sorenson) Wilcox passed away at the age of 73 at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester, MN. Her relentless battle with ALS ended with her daughter at her side. During her final time with us, she maintained a great sense of humor, well-intentioned stubbornness, and concern for family well-being.
She is survived by her dedicated husband of 45 years, David Wilcox (Rochester, MN). Their marriage was highlighted by the birth of their two children: Paul Wilcox of Fulton, MD, and Kristen Risser (husband Joel) of Rochester, MN. Her playful demeanor was always heightened when interacting with her three grandchildren: Tyler Risser, Sebastian Wilcox, and Zachary Risser. She will be lovingly remembered by her brother Robert (wife Marlene) Sorenson of Decorah, IA. She is also dearly remembered by her niece, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
She was born in Decorah, IA, on June 13, 1947, and graduated from Decorah High School in 1965. Her aptitude and logical mindset were a great fit for her programming career at Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis, MN. Via serendipitous encounters associated with weddings of common acquaintances, she met her husband, David Wilcox of La Crosse, WI. They were married at Carol’s home church in Decorah, IA, on November 29, 1975. After their wedding, they made California their home (escaping the snow) until a return to Rochester, MN, to be closer to family in 2020.
Family and friends were a passion in her life. She always put others before herself and made those around her feel loved and cared for. She lit up a room with her humor and smile. Carol was persistent in maintaining strong connections with friends from school, work, and church. She will be deeply missed by all.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 4:30pm at Christ Community Church in Rochester, MN (4400 55th Street NW), preceded by a visitation at 3:30pm. Condolences may be sent to 5618 Cornucopia Avenue NW, Rochester, MN, 55901.
Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Carol may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com