A Tribute to Carol Marx, Kindergarten Teacher at St. John’s for 24 Years

Carol Joan Marx

DECEMBER 29, 1930 ~ AUGUST 30, 2018 (AGE 87)

Carol Marx


The parishes of St. John and St. Joseph offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Carol Marx, a woman who gave so much to so many of our children during her tenure as kindergarten teacher at St. John’s for 24 years.


After her retirement, she continued to make her presence known, volunteering at St. John’s school and the newly formed Stella Maris Academy.  The students loved her.  She could always be counted on to assist in the kindergarten classrooms.  We’d like to thank her family for sharing her with us for all this time.   

May eternal rest be yours, Mrs. Marx, and thank you for all you gave to your parish family.

Carol Joan Marx, 87 of Duluth, died August 30, 2018 at Benedictine Health Center Marywood Assisted Living surrounded by her loving family.  Carol passed away after a short battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   

Carol was born in High Bridge, Wisconsin on December 29, 1930 to Albert and Minnie Katon.  Carol graduated from Ashland High School, received her teaching degree from Ashland County Normal School and bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Superior.

It was at the Ashland County Normal School where Carol met the love of her life Calvin Marx.  Carol and Cal were married on May 31, 1952.  Cal passed away in 1985 and Carol begana new chapter in her life. 

Carol was a dedicated and loving teacher for 31 years.  She began teaching in Duluth at Sacred Heart School and then took time off to raise her four children.  What followed was teaching for 24 years at St. John’s School.  She had a passion for teaching and working with children. 

Throughout the years she made many friends and touched many lives.  

Carol was a devoted member of St. John’s Church.  After retiring she loved volunteering, reading stories, & doing art projects with the children at St. John’s School & Stella Maris Academy. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting activities, watching Huskies, Dukes and Twins baseball.  She enjoyed the Wheel of Fortune and Hallmark Channel, making cut-out cookies, and spending time with family all of whom she loved dearly. 

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Marywood and Essentia Health Hospice.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Ardith Pufall and Florence Markee; brothers, Albert Katon Jr and John Katon; and brother-in-law Orrin Marx.Carol is survived by her children Mary (David) Lundeen, Colleen (Paul) Hultman, Kevin (Kristen) Marx, and Kathleen (Bruce) Mars; sister Janice (Raymond) Michel; sister-in-law Betty Marx; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


Visitation was held on Friday September 7, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial was at St. John’s Church, 1 West Chisholm St. Duluth, MN 55803. 

Arrangements were by Dougherty Funeral Home.  600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805.  218-727-3555. 

Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland, WI. 

Memorials may be made to St John’s Church and Stella Maris Academy.