Carol Jean Lambert, 79 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Oakland Park Communities, Thief River Falls with her loving family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Thief River Falls. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Carol Jean Rude was born April 9, 1940 in Thief River Falls, MN the second of twelve children born to Herman and Beatrice (Lokken) Rude. She was baptized on May 12, 1940 in Thief River Falls, MN and confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls. She attended Knox Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1958.

Following school she worked at Rex Café in Thief River Falls before moving to Minneapolis, MN and Boulder, CO. Carol then went to work for Shell Oil in Billings, MT and Seattle, WA. She worked in Hawaii for three years before returning to Thief River Falls to work in the office at Rude Electric. Carol later worked at Arctic Cat for a few years.

On October 16, 1971, Carol was united in marriage to James Lambert at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls and to this union two children were born, Dawn and Jason.

In 1972, Carol and Jim started Jim’s Steamagic which they owned and operated until 1999.

Following their retirement, Carol and Jim enjoyed traveling with their RV visiting new places. The highlight was their trip to Alaska with Carol’s brother, Harlan and his wife, Kae. She also had a passion for camping, fishing, reading, knitting, weaving, scrapbooking, spending time and playing with her grandkids, and spending time with family and friends.

Carol was an active member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and was active at St. Bernard’s School. She also held membership with the American Legion Auxiliary and Pennington County Circle Group.

Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, James Lambert of Thief River Falls; daughter, Dawn (Chris) Connor of Parker, CO; son, Jason (Megan) Lambert of Victoria, MN; grandchildren, Ayden Connor, Zachary Lambert, Amelia Lambert, Isabelle Lambert; siblings, Larry (Cathy) Rude of Eveleth, MN, Charlene Schachner of Charlotte, NC, Arlo (Deb Ernst) Rude of Thief River Falls, LaDawn Olson of Thief River Falls, Charlotte (Steve) Fillingsness of Omaha, NE, David (Tammy) Rude of Tofte, MN, Candise (Larry) Tveitbakk of Bellvue, NE, Timothy Rude of Parker, CO; sister-in-law, Kae Rude of Cambridge, MN; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her siblings, Betty (Culver) Kisch, Harlan Rude, Sharon (Kenny) Corriveau and brother-in-law, Terry Olson.


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