Caroline Doehling, 88

Caroline Doehling, 88

Caroline H. Doehling, age 88 years, five months and three days, of Young America, passed away quietly on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in her room surrounded by family members, the books she loved to read and her most recent quilting project.
Her funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at St. Johns Lutheran Church (101 SE 2nd Ave.) in Young America with Rev. Allen Doering (son-in-law) and Rev. Ted Doering (grandson) as officiants and Peter Rogahn (grandson) as organist. Visitation was held just prior to the funeral. Interment was next to her husband in the St. Johns Cemetery.
Caroline Hilda (Heinbuch) Doehling was born on March 23, 1926 in Woodbury Township of Washington County, Minn., the daughter of George Yost Valentine Heinbuch and Maria Fredrika Johanna (Risch) Heinbuch. She was baptized on April 16, 1926 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Woodbury by Rev. Nickals. Caroline was later confirmed in the faith in June 1940 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Woodbury by Rev. Zitzmann. Rev. Zitzmann also united Caroline in marriage to Harold Ferdinand Otto Doehling at St. Johns on Oct. 27, 1945.
After their marriage, Caroline made her home with her husband on the Doehling Farm in Rosemount, Minn., and attended Trinity Lone Oak Church in Eagan, Minn. During the following 11 years, she gave birth to four daughters, Ramona Ann, Rebecca Joy, Brenda Faith, and Gloria Jean. In 1956, her family moved to a farm outside Young America, Minn., at which time she became an active member in St. Johns Lutheran Church, Young America. In 1958 she gave birth to her fifth daughter Mary Jo. In 1965, the family moved off the farm and into Young America proper residing at 106 N.W. First Street where she lived for the rest of her life.
Caroline was a devoted Christian, a faithful member of the churches in which she belonged and was committed to her husband and the upbringing and welfare of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her joy was being a homemaker sewing clothes for her daughters and always having a huge garden providing fresh vegetables and fruits for her family. (Many in Young America enjoyed the grapes from her grapevines and pears from her pear tree as well as tomatoes and other vegetables from her garden.) But her greatest pastime joy of all was fishing.
She was active in the LWML and PTA at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Young America and the Mayer Lutheran High School Guild where her children attended school. She also attended weekly Bible Studies and served on the Altar Guild at St. Johns. Caroline had a special commitment to visiting the shut-ins and those in nursing homes taking her daughters along to play the piano or sing to the residents. She enjoyed quilting for Lutheran World Relief and made professional quality quilts for her family and friends and for donations to fundraisers which are now residing all over the world. Her quilts are blessing people in countries such as England, South America and South Korea and over 20 states in the U.S. Caroline also enjoyed the goats, chickens, ducks and cows she owns across the neediest countries via Heifer International. She enjoyed traveling for pleasure (went to Germany with her husband and the Young America Bank family of friends and took a cruise to Alaska where she caught wild salmon when no one else could) but more recently her travels included trips to visit her children.
Caroline will be remembered for her loving and caring personality by her family, nieces and nephews, friends and adopted sons and daughters across the US who affectionately call her mom.
Caroline is preceded in death by her parents George and Maria Heinbuch; husband Harold Doehling; infant son; grandson Seth Doering; sisters Florence Stabenow, Frieda Reichow, Rosemary Doehling; brothers Robert Heinbuch, Harold Heinbuch.
Caroline is survived by: her loving daughters and their spouses Ramona (Dennis) Rogahn of Austin, Texas, Rebecca (Gary) Randt of Buffalo, Minn., Brenda (Charles) Zarza of Colorado Springs, Colo., Gloria Doehling (James Tapley) of Dallas, Texas, Mary (Rev. Allen) Doering of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren Peter (Tiantian Liang) Rogahn, Benjamin Rogahn Esq., Nathan (Amy) Randt, Alisa (Ryan) Walters, Charles (Becca) Zarza, Christina Zarza MD, Anna (Lt. Andrew) Shafer PA, Rev. Theodore (Chelsey) Doering, Matthew (Deanna) Doering; great-grandchildren Aubrey Walters, Jonathan Randt, Valerie Zarza, Alice Zarza, Marie Zarza; siblings Pearl Trapp of Kenyon, Minn., Margie (Donald) Welch of Cottage Grove, Minn., Louise (Wilmer) Holtz of Cottage Grove, Minn., Herman (Delores) Heinbuch of Hammond, Wis., Gertrude Steinbruckner of St. Paul, Minn.; sister-in-laws Grace Heinbuch of Maplewood, Minn., Alice Heinbuch of New Richmond, Wis.; brother-in-law Orvel Johnson of Brook Park, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Serving as casket bearers are her grandsons: Peter Rogahn, Benjamin Rogahn Esq., Nathan Randt, Charles Zarza, Rev. Ted Doering, Matthew Doering, Lt. Andrew Shafer, and Ryan Walters.
In lieu of flowers, Caroline asked that we remember her by supporting her favorite charity, Lutheran World Relief (http://lwr.org/ ), and / or the planting of a new LCMS Church in Central Texas (http://thepreface.org/join-the-mission/).
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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