Maj. Carol V. Kelm, U.S. Army (Retired)


Maj. Carol V. Kelm, U.S. Army, retired, died Sept. 14, 2012, in St. Croix Falls, Wis.

Carol was born Dec. 22, 1915, in Stillwater to Gustav and Martha Kelm. She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1935, and later graduated from Winona State Teachers College with a teaching degree. Carol taught school for a few years then enlisted in the U.S. Army Women’s Medical Corp., where she completed nurses training, specializing in physical therapy.

Carol served her country during three wars, World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. While she was stationed in Japan, she treated victims of the atomic bombs. She traveled the world extensively serving in the Far East, Europe and numerous army hospitals in the United States.

Carol retired to her home in Lake Elmo in 1966. She enjoyed her volunteer work at various nursing homes. The most important day of the year for Carol was opening day of bass fishing when she was on the lake at 4 a.m. She spent most of her leisure time fishing, which was her first love.

Carol was a life member of VFW Post No. 323 in Stillwater. Survivors include her niece, JoAnn (Raphael) Zilge of Hudson, Wis., and nephew, David (Janice) Carlson of Stillwater.

A graveside service with military honors will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater.