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Carol Poff 10/05/2022

Carol Poff, age 88, died on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Comforts of Home-The Lodge in River Falls, WI. She was born on June 17, 1934 in River Falls to Marcus and Alma Hanson,. Carol was raised by her aunt and uncle Austrum for a year during her adolescence after Carol’s mother died. Carol grew up in Martell, graduating from Spring Valley High School, class of 1952. She started working at NorthWest airlines after graduation, beginning her love of travel. Through her travels she met her former-husband Jack Poff, whom she married in 1955 at Martell Lutheran Church. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Service in 1985 from UW-River Falls. Upon graduation she began working as a social worker, and later went back to school for massage therapy, graduating in the 1990s. She truly loved helping people ease their pain, and worked as a massage therapist until she was 80. Carol loved traveling, dancing, hiking, and reading. She was an activist and passionate about making the world a better place. Carol was serious but light-hearted, especially with her family, all of whom were extremely important to her.
Carol is preceded in death by parents, Marcus and Alma Hanson; daughter, Karen Fasching; sister, Lois (Erwin) Larson; and brother-in-law, Dave Westbrook. She is survived by her children, Mark (Kelly), Eric (Thureya), and Janet; grandchildren, Chris Fasching, Marcus Poff, Erik (Laurel) Poff, Andrea (Tim Meyer) Fasching, Nafla (Ross Dainty) Poff-Dainty; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Holly Poff; son-in-law, Jim Fasching; sister, Betty Westbrook; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 11:00AM at HOPE Lutheran Church (3337 Kingsbarn Ave) in River Falls with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Martell Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Carol’s service.



  • Julie Dollahon Posted October 8, 2022 4:39 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Carol for years when we were Social Workers for Pierce County. And then I went to her for massages after she became a massage therapist. She was a wonderful masseuse, and a wonderful person – I will miss her.

  • Catherine C Martin Posted October 9, 2022 8:38 pm

    Mark and family so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your mom. She was a very caring lady who loved her family, her cats and dancing. Peace.

  • GEORGE GAPRINDASHVILI Posted October 10, 2022 11:11 am

    I have once met Carol together with Janet. She was very intelligent and nice woman. I would like to send my sympathy to Janet and everyone close to Carol

  • Jean Loudon Posted October 18, 2022 10:20 am

    I’m grateful for the privilege of knowing Carol. The switch to no longer driving was hard for her but gave me a chance to get to know her better as we headed to exercise class or church. I’ve moved to NC or I’d be there for her memorial service. I’m grateful it will be streamed.

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