Range Funeral Homes


Carol Jean Kangas

01/06/1938 - 01/11/2021

Carol Jean Tuomala Kangas, 83, of Sandy Township, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Monday, Jan 11, 2021.

She was born Jan 6, 1938 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Carl and Caroline Ersbo. Carol grew up in Tower, MN. She married Richard Tuomala of Ely, MN, and together they had five children. Eventually, they moved to  Mt. Iron, MN, where they resided for 23 years, until Richard’s passing in 1990. Carol married Kenneth Kangas in 1993, and they were married for 19 years, residing in Sandy Township, MN.

Carol was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was happiest when she was gardening, baking, painting, spending time with her family, and traveling. She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she made sure that all of her family, no matter where they lived, received packages of potica, tarts, homemade bread, and Christmas goodies.

Carol is survived by her brother, Sandford Ersbo of Mt. Iron; her 5 children: Deborah (Bruce) Hoff of Gilbert, MN, Sheri (Wally) Hunsinger of Rocky Top, TN, Lorinda (Rex) Purcell of The Villages, FL, Richard (Diane) Tuomala of Dale City, VA, Jacinta (Alan) Woehrle of Becker, MN; 5 stepchildren: Kelly (Arron) Sheffield of Sandy Township; Kim (Mike) Peterson of Britt, MN; Kerry (Helen) Kangas of Embarrass, MN; Kris (Gordon) Meacham of Embarrass, MN, Kendall Kangas (Donna Ohlgren) of Champlin, MN; grandchildren: Bryan, Brandon, and Nick Hoff, Wallace III and Kristopher Hunsinger, Patrick Jones, Wilson Purcell, David and Dylan Tuomala, Jacob and Katlyn Woehrle; step-grandchildren: Joshua, Luke and Christopher Beyer, Jim Peterson and Karen Devak, Kayla Pandel, Renee Lane, Melissa and Marcell Meacham; 9 great- grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her 3 siblings, Lorraine, Nancy and Lowell; her husbands; and her step-granddaughter, Jennifer.

We would like to thank Essentia Hospice for the care and kindness they gave Carol.

A virtual service will be available at rangefuneralhomes.com.

Services will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia on Monday, January 18th at 11:00 am with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Ely Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

19 thoughts on “Carol Jean Kangas”

  1. Tara C Savage says:

    Sending our condolences and prayers to the family.

    Love, Vivian Olson, Russell, Tara and Alex Savage

  2. Larry and Mary Beth Hunsinger says:

    Sheri and your entire family, you have our sympathy in the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and
    prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  3. Jimmy And Nanci Markovich says:

    Carol Forever Young ,Our Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Tuomala-Kangas Family

  4. Debbie Cook says:

    So sorry for your lost. Carol was a very sweet and kind person. Had some good times when she came to Kentucky. Miss and love you.
    Debbie Cook

  5. Patsy Gowell says:

    Loved her We were best friends back when our kids were little.

  6. Karen Poupard says:

    My condolences to everyone. I have many great memories of your mom and dad. Lots of good times up on “Costin Hill. Love you all. ❤️

  7. Kim & Eddie says:

    In this difficult time, may god hold you close to his heart, where he can feel your deepest loss and fill you with his deepest love. We are so sorry for your loss. Kim and Eddie

  8. Rebecca St. George says:

    I have so many fond memories of Carol’s baking, and her laughter. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing, and I send you all my love.

  9. Cathy (Beddome) Antrim says:

    I know I live far away, but I will always have great memories of Auntie Carol. I still remember the visits we had up in Minnesota. Auntie Carol showed me a few gardening tricks and she gave me some flower seeds to plant in my own garden. She had such a great laugh. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Conrad and Peggy O'Connell says:

    As long as you live, your loved one will live through you. Receive our heartfelt condolences.

  11. Patty & Ken Koivunen says:

    We were so very sorry to hear of Carol’s passing… What a nice nice lady she was. Good neighbor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie, Sheri, Lori, Richard & Jacinta and your families… God bless and keep you all..

  12. william martin says:

    As witness to the marriage of Carol and Dick, (what seems like a hundred years ago), I was shocked to read of Carol’s demise in a late night read of a Sunday newspaper. I somehow never thought about her passing. Carol was always a close friend and a great gal. Despite of growing apart in the natural journey of life, she retained a natural and friendly demeanor. From the time of the marriage of Carol Jean to Richard David, to the end of her life on earth, every meeting, on every occasion, with her was enjoyable. Carol will always be remembered. At times the “Golden Years” can be challenging. My wife and myself offer our condolences to her family. May she rest i peace!

  13. Tammy Hill says:

    So sorry for your loss of a wonderful Mom Grandmother& Friend. I will deeply miss her.

  14. Vicki (Ersbo) York says:

    Carol was my first cousin and I remember her cheerfulness. Always smiling. I will miss her and I send my prayers to her loving children.

  15. Christopher A. Beyer says:

    I will raise a toast to grandma Carol. She was beautiful, kind, and loving. I will miss her smiles that always cheered me up. My thoughts are with you all love from all of us down here in Montana.

  16. Krista Mattila says:

    We have so many fun memories of Carol. We were so sorry for her loss. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the entire family during this time. May you all be surrounded by love and memories to find your peace. Love, Ron and Krista Mattila

  17. Nanci blanchard says:

    So very sorry for your loss

  18. Debi Murawski Rochford says:

    She was so fun to be around. Her infectious laughter and always busy doing and creating. My Minnesota memories will always include Carol and family. May she Rest In Peace and love to all.

  19. Tootsie says:

    We will always remember your mom with love and smiles. She was a beautiful person from the inside out! It is no great surprise Dick loved her so very much! Together they shared a life of committed love, nurturing their five children into very remarkable human beings! Carol was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend! We will keep each of you in our hearts and prayers with love and thanksgiving for having known your mom.

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Monday 1/18/2021 at 11:00 AM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 AM