Caroline A Beaudin, 93, lifelong Duluth resident, passed away in Essentia Health Center on Thursday, March 17, 2011, with family at her bedside. Caroline was born in Duluth on April 10, 1917 to Gust and Hannah Soderquist.
Caroline was a 1936 Central High School graduate. She began her career working as a secretary with the US Steel Workers Union, where she met her future husband, Willard N. Beaudin. On August 10, 1946, they were united in marriage and together they raised five children. Caroline was active in her children's education, having served as president of the Morgan Park PTA, and State PTA President. She coached youth bowling and supported young musicians by volunteering with Johnny's Accordion bands. In 1976, upon the grand opening of the Miller Hill Mall, Caroline began working at Pam's Hallmark store and quickly advanced to a Manager position. After over thirty years of employment at the store, Caroline was honored as one of the eldest and longest employed Miller Hill Mall staff members.
Caroline was an active member of Our Saviors Evangelical Lutheran Church, its Women's Circle and sang in the church choir. She loved animals and in 1980 began supporting the Lake Superior Zoo and was awarded Docent of the Year in 1992. She spent over 30 years teaching others about animals locally and at out of state schools. She also volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels. Caroline received the 1995 Duluth Hall of Fame Award for exemplary volunteer service. She enjoyed traveling and had visited six of the seven continents including going on an African Safari at the age of 89. For over seventy years, Caroline was active in her "Sogabinet," sewing club and was also a Red Hatter.
Caroline is preceded in death by her husband, Willard N. (1964) and son, John (2008).
Survivors include her children, Richard (Lynda), George (Milka), Duane, Janice (Gary); daughter-in-law, Debby; sister, Florence Bushnell; twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at Our Saviors Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 3 p.m. with a gathering time for family & friends starting at 2 p.m.
Memorials in Caroline's name may be directed to the Lake Superior Zoo. 7210 Fremont Street. Duluth, MN 55807.
To leave a memory of Caroline or words of support for the family, please visit www.BellBrothersFuneralHome.com