Carol (Beckman) Herkenratt, age 86, of Farmington, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 29, 2017. She was born in Cannon Falls and grew up on a farm in rural Dennison, attending a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating from Cannon Falls high school she moved to Northfield where she worked as a telephone operator until she married Robert Herkenratt in August of 1952. She followed Bob on his military career to Germany, St. Paul, California, Panama and Kansas; retiring and moving back to Minnesota in 1966. They lived in Rosemount for 48 years with Carol recently moving to Farmington. A longtime member of Farmington Lutheran Church, she enjoyed serving on the funeral committee and loved to laugh and work with the quilters circle. Carol was a wonderful baker, an avid gardener, and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by parents Amanda (Knutson) and John Nifton Beckman; husband Robert; son Robert Joseph Jr.; brother John Halvor Beckman. Survived by son John Herkenratt; daughter Karen (Kevin) Hulscher; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchil-dren, brothers Donovan (Linda) and Larry (Marleen) Beckman; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Service and luncheon will be held at Farmington Lutheran Church, 20600 Akin Rd, on January 13 at 11 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior.