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Carol Adele (Russell) Cahenzli

December 14, 1920 ~ April 7, 2018 (age 97)
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Carol Adele Russell Cahenzli, 97, of Farmington, NM, passed away on April 7, 2018 in Farmington.

Carol was born in Oak Park, Illinois to David and Melitta Russell on December 14, 1920. She spoke fondly of spending summers with the Imig side of the family in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Carol graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She married Martin T. Cahenzli, Jr. (Marty) on May 13, 1944. She adventured west with Marty and together they ran several successful businesses including Hiland Oil Company and Bloomfield Tire Service. Carol was also a charter member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Farmington. She was a loving wife and devoted mother to her sons and daughter. She worked hard to ensure all five children attended college and graduated with degrees.

Carol Cahenzli was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 56 years.

Carol is survived by four sons and one daughter, Mark (Laura) Cahenzli, Lee Cahenzli, Kurt (Vicki Jackson) Cahenzli, Eric (Stephanie Patterson) Cahenzli, and Lynn (Steve) Clements. She is survived by eight grandchildren, Christianne Cahenzli, Kyle (K'Lee) Cahenzli, Josh Cahenzli, Leah (Larson) Crawford, Alyssa (Marshall) Boyce, Shelby (Garrett) Apodoca, Marty Clements, Alison (Ben) Garduno and eleven great-grandchildren and three on the way, Christina, Jonathan, Chloe, Elijah, Kylee, Karter, Braydain, Anthony, Trenton, Pystal and Alexander.

A memorial service will held on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 7455 Foothills Drive, Farmington, New Mexico with Pastor Bror Erickson officiating.  A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow immediately after the service.  A family interment in the Bloomfield Cemetery will be held later.

Memorials and donations in lieu of flowers may be given to Zion Lutheran Church of Farmington, NM.  Condolences may be expressed at

The family of Carol wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Farmington Beehive Homes on Airport Drive who provided excellent care for her over the last three years and Basin Hospice for their thoughtful care during the last days of her life.

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