Carol Betty Mashek was born February 24, 1930 in Wyndmere, ND the daughter of the late Louis and Hattie Mashek. She attended schools there and worked in the area following her education. Carol married Elder Mathiesen and they had one daughter, Janelle. Following Elder’s death, Carol moved to Grand Forks, ND to be near her daughter and family. She worked at L&M Meats for several years, then moved to Grafton in 1978 where she worked as a cashier at the Jack & Jill Grocery Store. Carol married T.J. Spale on December 3, 1980 in Grafton. The couple made their home here and she continued to work at Jack & Jill until she retired in the early '90's. Carol was a wonderful cook and loved baking and canning. Everyone loved her pies and pickles. She also enjoyed embroidery and crochet and was well-known for her beautiful doilies. In her later years, she cherished her volunteer work at the historical Heritage Village in Grafton.
Carol is survived by her husband, T.J., Grafton, ND; three grandchildren: Dawn (Doug) Vanyo, Fargo, ND, Diane (Dave) Dolan, Round Rock, TX, and Derek (Jenny) Werner, Horace, ND; seven great-grandchildren: Alexia Werner, Emma Vanyo, Lauryn Vanyo, Tyler (Kayli) Dolan, Shaina Dolan, Peyton Werner, and Samuel Werner; one great-great-grandson Channing Dolan; sisters: Jeanette Froslie, Chula Vista, CA, and Helen Novotny, Lidgerwood, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Hattie, brother, Harlan, first husband, Elder, daughter, Janelle Werner, sister, Beverly Huus, and half-siblings, Doris Helgeson, Lyle Mashek, Harold Mashek, Edith Jordheim, James (Mike) Mashek, and Edward Mashek.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 24nd, 2023 at 10:00.A.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may call at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Grafton, ND.