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Thomas Edward Carnel, 58

Thomas Edward Carnel, age 58, of Cannon Falls, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2009, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Tom was born May 22, 1951, in Red Wing, the son of Robert J. and Irene C. (Lynch) Carnel. He grew up in the Cannon Falls area and graduated from the Cannon Falls High School in 1969. He attended Mankato State University, and went to work with the Carlson Company in the travel business. He was a freelance incentive travel director, and enjoyed traveling the world. From 1977 to the present, he operated Carnel Realty in Cannon Falls.

Tom married Anita "Mitzi" (Denn) Aschenbrener Sept/ 1, 1984, in Cannon Falls.

He was an active outdoorsman, and an avid golfer. A member of St. Pius V Catholic Church, he was also active on the Goodhue County Board of Realtors, the Cannon Falls Development Corporation Board, and a member of the Oxford Sportsman's Club.

A devoted husband, father and businessman, he will be remembered most for his love for the outdoors and many trips to Lake of the Woods, his perseverance and drive to succeed in everything he did, and the love he had for his girls, Mitzi, Ashlan and Kristin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Irene Carnel.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years, Mitzi; daughters, Ashlan and Kristin; step-children, Eric (Lindsay) Aschenbrener of Trempeleau, Wis., Hope Wical (Brian Selchow) of Burnsville, Sandy (Brad) Bromenschenkel of St. Cloud, and Heather (Tom) Angell of Alpheretta, Ga.; eight step-grandchildren, Shayna, Daniel, Hannah, Sydney, Jack, Zach, Aaron and Haley; brothers, Robert H. Carnel Jr. (Barb Reich) of Cannon Falls, and Paul J. (Janine) Carnel of Portland, Ore.; sisters, Karen Ann (Jerry) Schwengels of Fond Du Lac, Wis., Kimberly Ann Goodwin of St. Anthony, and Linda (Timothy) Dillon of Cannon Falls; and nieces and nephews, Adam, Brooke, Caitlin, Cole and Celia.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls, with Father Jay Kythe celebrating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. followed by a special photo memorial, at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Carnel, Bob Carnel, Tim Dillon, Kippy Knoblauch, Bob Custer, Pete Swentik, Eric Aschenbrener and Robert Siebenaler.

Memorials are preferred to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Arrangements were made by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. Online condolences may be directed to