Carol V. Malmberg, 83, formerly of Buffalo Center, died Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center, Mason City.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Winter Chapel with Pastor Tim Diehl officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Winter Chapel. Burial will be held in Graceland Cemetery. Services will be live-streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services' Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakcrestfuneralservices
Carol was born October 21, 1937 to John, Jr. & Vera Davids in Blue Earth, MN. She was born the 3rd of 6 children. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1955. She completed her Teacher Training at Waldorf College, Forest City, IA, in 1957. She then taught Kindergarten at the Britt School. In 1965, she received B.S. from Mankato State College in Mankato, MN. She then accepted a position as 1st grade teacher in the St. Louis Park, MN, school system where she taught until her retirement.
She met George Malmberg at a Montgomery Ward store in St. Louis Park where she had a part-time job. They were married May 2, 1993. After they had both retired, they bought a home in Pelican Rapids, MN and a winter home in Spring Valley, FL. They enjoyed going on many cruises while in Florida for the winter.
Carol loved working in her garden. Her lawn was immaculate and her flowers beautiful, especially her zinnias. She also had elaborate bird feeding stations. They always planted a large garden and enjoyed sharing their bounty with all the neighbors.
In earlier years after school was out, Carol would come back to Buffalo Center for the summer and spend time helping Roy Fisk, the cemetery custodian, mow, trim, and care for the plantings on the cemetery grounds.
Carol loved to go bike riding and taking long walks. She rode in the earliest two RAGBRAI's. Register's Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. She also participated in a number of charities that involved long distance bike rides or walks to raise funds, including for many years the Susan G. Komen cancer walk.
She was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins for many years. Carol had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and was in her church choir. She especially loved singing the old gospel hymns and would accompany herself on her organ.
She passed away after just six days in the hospital from an unexplained seizure. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Dallas Davids, her sister Leola Borchers, and a nephew Casey Sabin.
She is survived by her sister Violet Baker of Ames, IA, her sister Ruth Bassett of El Paso, TX, her brother John, Davids,III, of Buffalo Center, IA, her two step-granddaughters Sonya and Natasha Malmberg of the Cities, and many, many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.
"my condolences to the family, she was my teacher at Peter Hobart - she was the BEST she took the time for ME when i needed it and learned that i had a learning disability that no one else was able to see and helped me succeed. I have never forgotten her. Lynda (Dowell) Stoddard"
"TCarol and George were my neighbors in Minnesota. She was a wonderful person. She doted on George and loved it when her granddaughters Tasha and sonja came to visit. Every Thanksgiving she and George had their neighbors for a celebration. She hated weeds and was very diligent in keeping them out of their garden and lawn. Both she and George would make neighborhood rounds in their golf cart. They had a couple of fish fries every year and of George said 5:30 that\'s exactly the time you better be there. She never put herself first. She was an amazing woman!!"
"During the time in which I served as pastor of Christ Community Church in Pelican Rapids, MN, Carol was a faithful member of our little church family. She also taught Sunday school during the time that she was part of our congregation. She was a very sweet and kind woman and we enjoyed having her as part of our worshipping congregation. "
"I was so sorry to hear of Carol\'s passing. She was an absolute sweetheart and my heart hurt for her when George passed away. My condolences to each of you.
Sue Bruggeman, Pelican Rapids"
"My sincere sympathies to the Davids family-May God grant you peace at this time-Sara Vriesen"
"Carol was a wonderful neighbor. It was always nice to see her out in her flower gardens with that big beautiful smile. Catherine especially loved to go to Carol\'s house and have her read to her (and of course, Carol always had sweets to share). Blessed be her memory.
Brian, Jodi, Lauren & Catherine Graftaas"