Carol Kopel was raised in rural Lamberton, graduating from Lamberton High School and later Mankato State College. Following graduation she began teaching Home Economics in Tyler where she met her husband, Jim.
Carol worked many years at First English Lutheran as the church secretary and began working at the Tyler Area Funeral Home as office manager when its doors opened in 1997.
Carol and Jim have a son and daughter and five grandchildren. She is active with church activities, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, sewing and traveling.