Caroline T. Metz
April 22, 2023

Caroline Therese Metz, 93, of Delano, MN passed away peacefully and with a smile on April 22, 2023. Caroline is survived by her children and their families, Dan, John (Linda), Bill (Susan Crow), Tony (Respa), Bob (Maria), Mary Kay, Margaret, Paul (Sara), Jim (Gena Rademacher), Monica (Dan) Ward, Melinda (Hans) Miller, 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Rosemary Gillis, brothers Robert and Anthony Bauman, as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband and square-dancing partner of 61 years, Bill, mother Kate, father Herb, and 8 brothers and sisters. Caroline was particularly comforted during the last months by her ever-present sister-in-law Anni Bauman.

Caroline’s life was defined by her love of Family, Faith, and Flowers—not necessarily in that order. Family: As made clear by the many she leaves behind, Caroline’s family was of great importance to her. Feeding, clothing, cleaning, and orchestrating the whereabouts of 11 children while allowing them enough freedom to become their true selves was her greatest gift. She loved it most when everyone would gather for the holidays and made sure no one left hungry or empty handed. Faith: Caroline’s love of the church and her faith in God to protect her family and friends shaped how she responded to the world around her, with constant prayer as a source of peace within the chaos. Flowers: Caroline was known for her impressive green thumb by family and friends alike. Over the years, her large vegetable garden was slowly enveloped by beautiful flowers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. It was clear when talking to Caroline that she was in her happy place when surrounded by her flowers or arranging them in the church her father helped build.

Please join Caroline’s family in celebrating a life well lived and full of laughter, for we all know that Caroline’s laugh made you want to do the same.
A wake was held on Monday, May 1, 2023, from 4–7 pm at St. Martha Hall on the St. Peter Campus of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

A memorial gathering took place one hour prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am, on Tuesday May 2, 2023, also at the Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Peter Campus, Delano MN.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Peter’s Church “All are Welcome” campaign.