Rachel Carrette

Rachel Emma Carrette

Wednesday, October 28th, 1925 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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A private Mass of Christian Burial for Rachel Carrette, 94, of Taunton, will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at St. Edward Catholic Church. A walk through visitation will take place on Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Interment will follow the service at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Taunton. Electronic condolences are encouraged and may be left at

Rachel Emma Carrette passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020, at the age of 94 at her home in Taunton, MN, with her oldest daughter and son-in-law present. Rachel was born on October 28, 1925, the second child of Adiel Dhaenens and Laura De Muynck in Aalter, Belgium.

The Dhaenens family moved to France for several years, and when Rachel was ten, her mother died, and the family then moved back to Belgium. She and a younger brother lived with an aunt and uncle before her father purchased a farm and brought his three children home together. During WWII, when Belgium was occupied by the Germans, she used her own blood as ink to falsify German paperwork so her oldest brother would not have to work in the German factories. In November 1948, at the age of 23, she immigrated to the United States and traveled on the RMS Queen Elizabeth ocean liner to marry the man she loved, Albert Carrette, formerly of Hansbeke, Belgium. They were united in marriage on December 27, 1948, at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton. Seven children were born to that marriage: Larry, Diane, Linda, Laurie, Debbie, Mark and Paul. The Carrettes made their home at the DePestel farmstead in 1961 and remained there until 1985 upon retirement. Albert and Rachel then moved to Taunton. The Carrettes were members of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton and later St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota.

Rachel was a hard-working farmer’s wife and beloved mother. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, and a member of the Lincoln-Lyon County Extension Club. She loved to cook, can vegetables, and sew for her family and friends. She was active in her church. Rachel was very proud of her Belgian heritage and enjoyed playing rolle bolle and playing the card game Bien.

At the age of 75, Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer and began aggressive treatment. She was a cancer survivor for 19 years. During the last 600 days of her life, she was living at home with her daughter Diane and her husband Jim. Crafting became a way to keep Rachel busy and she excitedly worked on each project. She was especially curious to see how people reacted to the frequent Facebook postings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she helped make over 135 face masks for friends and family.

Among the survivors are daughters Diane Tuttle and her husband James, of Portland, OR; Linda Sjurseth of Taunton, MN; Laurie Carrette Zook and her husband Michael, of Omaha, NE; Debbie Goblirsch and her husband Gary, of Apple Valley, MN; son Paul Carrette and his wife Anita (Swedzinski), of Garretson, SD; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of people who simply called her a friend. Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; sons Larry and Mark; and brothers Marcel Dhaenens, Gentil Dhaenens and Daniel Dhaenens.

May God bless the memory of Rachel Carrette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the City of Taunton Fire and Rescue or the Taunton Senior Center.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Rehkamp - Horvath Funeral Home - Minneota
    124 E. 1st St.
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    Walk through Visitation
  • Service

    Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    409 N. Adams
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    Private Service
    Rev. Father Craig Timmerman
  • Interment

    Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery
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Mark Paluch

Posted at 09:46am
To Linda and her family, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother.

Alice Williamsen

Posted at 04:47pm
To the Rachel Carrette Family, We are so sorry for your loss. I did get to meet Rachel at one of the granddaughters graduation. She was a lovely lady! You have such wonderful memories of her and sounds like she was very active up to the time of her death. May God surround your family with love during this difficult time. Prayers and Hugs to all!
Dale and Alice Williamsen/Omaha, NE

Gerda Belaen

Posted at 03:58pm
It makes me very sad to hear that your mom has passed away. When we were visiting the USA in 2009, we met Rachel with the Belaen family. We got to know her as a very sweet woman. She knew our family very well and was always welcome on her visits to Belgium. We want to wish you lots of love in this difficult time. I will definitely light a candle for her.
Gerda Belaen , Belgium

Liliane Dhaenens

Posted at 01:50pm

My heartfelt condolences, much strength to the whole family. Yesterday I looked at the photos of when she came to Belgium. Beautiful memories . Rest in peace
Liliane Dhaenens


Posted at 05:10am
Rouw is het verhaal van een wond,die "nooit meer" heelt.
Het is geboren uit herinneringen en verwachtingen
en wil verteld worden steeds weer.
Troosten is luisteren, naar het verhaal,iedere keer weer.
Totdat het wachten uit de verwachting is weggeebd.
En de herinnering schone geschenken zijn geworden.
Dan is de wond die "nooit meer" heelt geheeld
Fredy de clercq & Vereecke Arlette

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