In loving memory of

Carol Lingbeck
May 28, 1946 - May 17, 2021

Carol Jean Lingbeck, age 74, of Rochester passed away Monday, May 17, 2021 at Season's Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

Carol Jean Jones was born May 28, 1946 in Northfield, MN the youngest child of Floyd and Olive (Sargeant) Jones. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1964. Most of her career was spent at IBM and Wenger Corporation.

In December 1963, she married Bob Olson and they had four children: Shelly, Curt, Sheila and Corey. They were later divorced.

In January 2004, she married the love of her life, Gary Lingbeck. They enjoyed boating in Lake Pepin, golfing, winters in Florida, traveling on several cruises, and spending time with their kids and grandkids. They had many close friends in Minnesota and Florida.

Carol is survived by her husband of 17 years, Gary; four children, Shelly Knudsen of Rochester, Curt (Kathy) Olson of Rochester, Sheila (Chris) Zierke of Baxter, Corey (Annette) Olson of Grand Meadow and one stepson, Brad (Michelle) Lingbeck of Broomfield, CO; 13 grandchildren, Riley (Cole) and Paige Knudsen, Brianna (Hunter) Kraus, Alec and Ashlee Olson, Perry, Brady and Danah Zierke, Blake, Brenn and Isabelle Olson, Annabelle and Jack Lingbeck; one great-grandson, Sebastian Zierke.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings.

A visitation will be held Thursday, May 20, at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester from 5 pm to 8 pm. A celebration of life will be held Friday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. also at Ranfranz & Vine, followed by a luncheon. The service will be livestreamed on Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes Facebook page,

Memorials are preferred to Season's Hospice where she served on the Board of Directors for nine years. Season's Hospice was an incredibly special place to Carol.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Lingbeck family; to share a special memory of condolence please visit


Mary Jensen Hines wrote on May 24, 2021:

"Dear Gary and family, Carol was one of the kindest, most loving, intelligent and generous women that I have ever met or had the privilege to work with. What a gift it was to have known her and called her friend! Please be assured of my prayers as you journey through your grief. May you know the love and care of others at this very sad time. God be with you, Mary Jensen Hines"

Holly Cody wrote on May 24, 2021:

"Gary Corey Annette and the Olson family, i?m so sorry to hear about Carol. She was a great lady we had some wonderful times together, she was so proud of you all.Here?s to many great memories with the special woman! Sending hugs!"

Ron & Bonnie Braasch wrote on May 23, 2021:

"Gary & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Ron & Bonnie Braasch"

Dennis Cartwright wrote on May 21, 2021:

"I have many fond memories of Carol & Gary in Florida at Copperleaf in the Brooks, as pool neighbours, enjoying Super Bowl, or playing bocce & golf. Caeol was always trying to organize fun.Carol will be sorely missed."

Dick Lueck wrote on May 21, 2021:

"Gary, my thoughts and prayers are with you with the loss of Carol. Dick Lueck"

Bridget Oslund wrote on May 21, 2021:

"Gary, and the entire Olson Family, I am saddened by Carol?s passing. My heart breaks for you all. I will miss her beautiful smile and that awesome giggle. She was like a second mom to me and many of us. I always felt so welcome in the Olson house growing up. Carol is a gem. I just streamed the beautiful service, beautiful like her. I am sorry I am not there with you today but sending all my love and hugs. You are all her legacy and for that she was very proud. God Bless. Bridget (Johnson) Oslund"

Marion Alcock wrote on May 20, 2021:

"Gary we are shocked and saddened by Carol?s passing, please accept our sincere condolences for you and your family. We will miss her lovely face and quick smile at Copperleaf. Glenn and Marion Alcock "

Rose wrote on May 20, 2021:

" I worked with Carol at IBM. She was training me. I don't remember what I learned, but I remember how she made me feel. RIP, Carol."

Robert E Perez wrote on May 20, 2021:

"Gary and family, so sorry about your loss. Having lost someone we loved to cancer before, we understand the grueling process of living with good and bad news, surgeries, treatments and finally saying the last goodbye. We found some peace in knowing our loved one is no longer in pain and that she is finally resting in peace. It takes time but eventually you get there and rejoice on remembering the good times together. May Carol rest in peace. Bob & Teri Perez"

Tami Bruntz wrote on May 20, 2021:

"My prayers and love are with all of you. We will miss our wonderful aunt Carol and her smiling face. She enjoyed her life and was so proud of her family. Will always remember the fun times our families had together. Tami Bruntz"

Wendy Jones wrote on May 20, 2021:

"Carol was a one in a million friend/aunt that embodied living life to the fullest. We hope that Gary, their kids and their grandkids know how proud she was and how much she loved all of them .......Wendy and Richard Jones"

Sandy Roberts wrote on May 19, 2021:

"Gary and family, I was one of the fortunate ones who had Carol as a manager at IBM, she was so pleasant and her smile/laugh were contagious. It was always fun running into her when we were no longer at IBM and catching up. Hold her memory close, praying for peace as God wraps his loving arms around your family for comfort today and the days ahead. Sandy Roberts"

Neal Jorgensen wrote on May 19, 2021:

"We lost a gem when Carol passed, but can keep the treasure of her memory. She was a wonderful manager at Wenger who didn't just want to see her team get along, but thrive. Her warm smile and generous spirit were a credit to her character. Blessings to all who benefited and now grieve."

Nancy Durst wrote on May 19, 2021:

"Rip Carol "

Dianne Warll-Pittenger wrote on May 19, 2021:

"Our condolences to Gary and the entire family. Carol truly left a wonderful imprint on so many people while her time on earth. Your infectious smile and kindness will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family dear lady. Wendell and Dianne Pittenger"

Susan Keller wrote on May 19, 2021:

"To Gary and family; We are so sad to hear of Carol?s passing. She was such a great partner on the golf course, fun on the Corvette rides and the life of the party. God Bless. Susan and Tom Keller"

Art & Sharon Solverson wrote on May 19, 2021:

"Gary, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Carol. She was truly a wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Art & Sharon Solverson"

Sue Martau wrote on May 19, 2021:

"To Gary, and all of Carol's family.... my sincere condolences to you all. I have only known Carol for a few years... but she has truly changed my life in wonderful ways. I will always remember her smile and infectious laugh. She would always talk about her children and grandchildren... and loved the visits to Florida from her Grandkids. May she rest in peace until we all meet again. Praying for you all for strength, courage, hope, and eventual peace. Sue and Frank Martau"

Connie Mathison wrote on May 18, 2021:

"Prayers for all of you as you deal with the loss of this incredible wife, mother and grandmother and friend to so many! LaVern and Connie Mathison"

Bonnie wrote on May 18, 2021:

"Our condolences to all the family. Carol was an avid and faithful wrestling parent which continued on to the U of NE as our sons continued their careers. In sympathy and Hugs The Grasses"

Patricia Murphy wrote on May 18, 2021:

"Gary Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We remember Carol with much love. Her sparkling personality and warmth just flowed from her and we loved the times we got together with the Pemstar group. She will be missed by all that knew her . Her family was everything to her. Cherish your memories. Much love from The Murphy?s "

Mary Lou (gilbert) Crilly & Steve Crilly wrote on May 18, 2021:

"Carols family, So sorry to hear of Carols passing, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. RIP Carol"

Connie Kephart wrote on May 18, 2021:

"Dear Gary, We will never forget all of our fun times together at Sago Community at Copperleaf in the Brooks. What an awesome lady who possessed so many beautiful qualities. We will miss her dearly. Love, Bruce and Connie"

Elvin and Sue E Meller wrote on May 18, 2021:

"Gary, we are so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. We didn't realize how serious her condition was. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so thankful to have known Carol and the delightful and wonderful person she was. Elvin and Sue Meller"