Carol Ann Keefer Zotalis – Post Bulletin


Carol Ann Zotalis, 71, of Faribault, MN, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN surrounded by her family.

Carol Ann Keefer was born on November 20, 1950 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL to Wesley Deane Keefer and Suzanne Jenny Gilmant (of Charleroi, Belgium). She graduated from Elmwood High School in 1968 and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois in 1973 with a BS in mathematics. She was employed by IBM in Rochester, MN for 35½ years.

Carol and the guy who stole her heart, Jim Zotalis, got married on March 29, 2014. They had happy, active lives and shared many interests. Their families were most important to them and they spent as much time as possible with them.

Carol will be remembered for her love of people and life in general. She has always been very active in her church, serving on many committees and singing in the choir. Carol has served on several boards: Shepherd Center of the Cannon Valley, Lutheran Evangelical Braille Association, SEMCAC in Kasson, MN, Care and Share in Kasson, MN. She has also helped with Meals on Wheels, entertained at nursing homes and Faith in Action in Kasson, MN. She has traveled to many places (some with her husband Jim). Some of the highlights were Belgium, Israel, Turkey, Greece, England, Ireland, France and Hungary. However, a big part of his trip was to visit his family and especially his grandchildren. Carol enjoyed cycling and for 20 years participated in rides for the benefit of multiple sclerosis with her close friend Bonnie Holt. She loved music (played guitar and sang), travelling, biking, hiking and helping others. She was an active volunteer and lived by the motto “making a difference in the world”.

Carol is survived by her husband, Reverend Canon James C Zotalis; his children, Shawn (Andrea) of West Chester, OH, Kelli McKitrick of Lebanon, TN; Jim’s children, Anna (Chuck) Ahrens of Gig Harbora, Washington, Peter (Jamie) Zotalis of Welch, MN, Rachel Zotalis of St. Thomas Island and Nicola (Jason) Viana of Burnsville, MN; his sister, Yvonne (Pastor Ken) Gibson of Mendota, Illinois; his brothers, Claude (Franke) Keefer of Elmwood, IL and Marc (Mary) Keefer of Bloomington, IL; Jim’s sister, Cynthia (Loren) Gustafson of Helena, Montana; 14 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents.

A celebration of his life will be held Monday, June 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior in Faribault, MN with the Right Reverend Craig Loya officiating and assisted by retired priest Nick Mezacapa. Committal will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Faribault, MN.

Visits will take place at the Cathedral Cloister on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations can be directed to Compassion International, Food for the Poor or Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Arrangements are being finalized by Parker Kohl’s Funeral Home in Faribault, MN.

For online tributes and more information, visit


Comments are closed.