Carol Lilla, 68

Carol Josephine Lilla, 68, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 20 in Montgomery.

There will be a Celebration of Life for her on Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at the TCU High School Gym followed by a social gathering in the school’s Commons area.

Carol was born on December 22, 1950, in Winona to Francis (Joe) Lilla and Lois (Berg) Lilla. She graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1969.

During her college years at Winona State College, she participated in Winona City Softball Leagues under the coaching of “Cheer” Ives. She graduated in 1973 with teaching and coaching degrees.

She began her 46-year teaching career at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, then moving to Montgomery-Lonsdale Schools. At the time of her death, Carol was teaching math and computer classes at Tri-City United High School.

The highlight of her career was teaching and coaching girls’ softball, basketball, and volleyball.

She was also a member of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.

Survivors include sister Ann Golden; nieces, Kelli Golden (son, Payton), Nicole Golden (children, Nick and Annie), special cousin, John Przytarski, all from Winona; along with many other cousins spread across the United States. Carol is also survived by her Montgomery families; Roger and Donna Ruhland (Mike, Dawn, Cori and Justin), and Dan and Deb Bednar (Tyler and Elly Bednar, and Jenna Bednar).

Carol was preceded in death by parents, “Joe” and Lois Lilla; brother, Joseph Lilla; grandparents; brother-in-law, Dave Golden; six uncles, five aunts, two cousins, and Deb Ruhland from her Montgomery family.

Carol will be deeply missed by those who were impacted and loved by her through teaching, coaching, and friendships.

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