Carol I. (Hovland) Schoen, 88, of St. Anthony Park, died Jan. 22, 2020. Carol was born Aug. 1, 1931, to Guy and Hazel (Hildebrand) Hovland in Dawson. Carol loved her small town and helping out on her father’s family farm. She excelled in academics and music, playing piano and performing the flute in an orchestra.
Carol attended St. Olaf College one year before transferring to Milwaukee-Downer College in Wisconsin, earning a degree in occupational therapy. She primarily worked with young people with disabilities.
She met Richard (Dick) Schoen of Ortonville, in Colorado Springs while on a ski trip and they married and moved to St. Paul. Dick designed and built their house in St. Anthony Park where they started a family and lived ever since. Carol worked in the home, raising three boys. She taught piano lessons to neighborhood children until her boys were old enough for her to return to work as an OT.
Carol worked in area schools with children diagnosed with learning or behavioral challenges, specializing in sensory integration. Carol volunteered at St. Anthony Park Elementary and local churches and nursing homes throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Guy Hovland, Jr., and sister Mercedes Bloomdahl. Carol is survived by sons Martin (Lynne), Erik (Deolinda) and Kristofer; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Carol’s memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 14, at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church. Memorials are preferred to Carol Schoen Memorial Fund, c/o Martin Schoen.