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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 06, 2007

OBITUARY ~ VELTA "VEL" MARIE CARROLL

Velta "Vel" Marie CARROLL of Rochester, MN died at the age of 79 on Thursday, August 30, 2007, at Saint Mary's Hospital [Rochester MN] after a lengthy illness.

Vel was born on July 20, 1928 at Delphos, Iowa. Her maiden name was STEPHENS.

Vel married Don HIGHLAND in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1947, Robert CARROLL in Hopkins, MN in 1968, and then Robert ZISKA in Nashua, Iowa on July 11, 1981.

She lived in Fairmont, Minnesota from 1953 to 1968. Vel and Bob CARROLL resided in Hopkins and Excelsior, Minnesota, from 1968 to 1978, and Vel has lived in Rochester, Minnesota since 1982. She was a secretary for Rieke, Carroll, Muller (RCM) Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors from 1967 to 1980. She also worked at Marquette Bank Downtown Rochester as a receptionist from 1982 to 1995. Bob ZISKA worked of IBM for 35 years.

Vel was a member of Mrs. Jaycee's and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Fairmont, Minnesota. She loved her family and friends unconditionally. She enjoyed dancing, harness/horse racing, watching NASCAR with her sister, Rosy, and fishing. She also enjoyed visiting with her neighbors, taking care of her flowers and watching the birds, especially a white dove that had just recently started visiting her feeder.

Survivors include her spouse, Robert ZISKA; children, Gary (Lael LUEDTKE) HIGHLAND of Fairmont, Minnesota, Diane HIGHLAND of Denver, Colorado, Donna (Steve) SELL of Sandstone, Minnesota, Scot HIGHLAND of Fairmont, Minnesota, Kevin (Ingrid) HIGHLAND of Excelsior, Minnesota; stepchildren, Mike (Andrea) CARROLL of Edina, Minnesota, Cathy CARROLL of Portland, Oregon, Dave (Nancy) CARROLL of Castlerock, CO and Jim (Mary) CARROLL of Bloomington, MN; siblings, Roland (Ann) STEPHENS of Boone, Iowa, Rosy NELSON of Ames, Iowa, Marilyn (Tom) MULANIX of Des Moines, Iowa, and Rick (Liz) STEPHENS of Rochester Hills, Michigan; grandchildren, Gary's son, Cory HIGHLAND, Scot's daughter, Adrianna HIGHLAND and Kevin and Ingrid's sons, Dan and Evan HIGHLAND.

Vel was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, one brother and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at Ascension Lutheran Church with Rev. Brian KRON, officiating.

Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

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