Carol Henckel obituary (2021) – Billings, MT


Carol henckel

Born April 22, 1950 – died September 22, 2021 (71 years old)

Carol died of complications from COVID-19 on September 22, 2021. Her sons Andrew and Matthew were with her at St. Vincent Hospital.

Carol was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, of Virginia and Joseph Cinealis. She was the oldest of three children.

Carol met the love of her life, Mark Henckel, during a picnic at a science club while the two of them were in college. She graduated from Custer High School in 1968 and attended Columbia Nursing School in Milwaukee. Mark and Carol were married on October 23, 1971. The newlyweds moved to Billings, Montana in 1972 when Mark accepted a post as a reporter for the Billings Gazette. Carol worked at St. Vincent Hospital, performed home care, and was EMT in Park City. In 1977, they adopted their first son, Andrew Joseph, from Catholic Social Services Helena. Five years later, they adopted their second son, Matthew Arthur, also from Catholic Social Services.

Carol raised her sons and was a housewife. A devout Catholic, she taught religious education at Saint Anthony’s in Laurel, Montana. She worked at Park City School as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher, and later at Kwik Stop in Park City. She was also active in the Park City PTA, noting in her later years that schools needed the perspective of grandparents, not just parents.

In 2008 Carol, Mark and Peggy Lawver started the Walleye Tournament, an annual event at Canyon Ferry that raised funds for Camp Mak-a-Dream. Although she rarely fished herself, she and her husband taught many children in Park City and Laurel to throw a rod for the first time. The two were devoted to each other as partners in their family life, interests and Catholicism. After Mark’s death in 2010, Carol continued to plan and organize the walleye tournament and continued her late husband’s legacy of outdoor reporting by researching and writing the fishing report (Montana Outdoor Radio Show) every week.

Through this community service and in everything she has done, from antiques to grandma’s advice, Carol’s love and concern for others, her moral compass and her empathy shone. She was an integral part of many social and religious circles, enriching and helping others. She will be sorely missed.

Carol is survived by her sons Andrew Henckel and Matthew Henckel, her daughter-in-law Daisy Henckel, her brother Tom Cinealis, her sister-in-law Mary Lynn Cinealis, her sister Linda Wendtland and her grandchildren Alex, Riley, Linden, Edith, Emily, and Hazel, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will take place on October 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Saint Patrick’s Church 215 North 31st Street, Billings Burial will follow the service at Park City Cemetery. Cemetery 274 Road, Park City

Funeral Reception, 4 p.m. Park City Civic Center 21 2nd Ave SW, Park City, MT 59063, Park City

Published by Billings Gazette on October 2, 2021.


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