Carrie Henrika Folz Cazares

Carrie Henrika Folz Cazares, 59, passed away on June 30, 2022, surrounded by family at her home in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Carrie was born on August 4, 1962, in Ely, Minnesota to Jon and Carolyn Folz. She was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School and Duluth Technical College. Carrie was united in marriage with Efren Cazares on July 10, 2004.

Carrie was a loving, fun, and spirited wife, mother, sister, and aunt, and a special friend to so many. She was an adoring mother to her many fur baby Schnauzers and cats. She spent her career working in the hospitality industry in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Oregon. She enjoyed retiring to St. Petersburg, Florida before moving back to Oregon to be closer to family last year.

Carrie was a warrior, having battled several forms of cancer beginning in 1993. She never let her illness define her and she lived a very active life, filled with travel, family, friends, and fun. Carrie had a zest for life like no other. In fact, her illness hospitalized her in Duluth in December 2019 where she unexpectedly passed away, and to the amazement of her doctors, she came back to this world to fight back her cancer and live a full and active life for another 2.5 years! She was an indomitable spirit and such a special person to so many.

Carrie was preceded in death by her mother and father, niece Alison Folz, brother-in-law Brian Anderson, and several aunts and uncles. She is survived by husband Efren Cazares; daughters Paula Wideman and Amanda (Ryan Vuylsteke) Cazares; grandchildren David McGee, Conner McGee, Isobella Wideman, and Mia Wideman, all of Hillsboro, Oregon; siblings Barbara Folz of Duluth, Virginia Anderson of Ely, Joan (Peter) Weckman of Ely, Jon Folz, Jr. of Ely, Jamie (Russell Lende) Peura of Vernonia, Oregon and Kathleen (David) Hood of Aloha, Oregon; special aunt Karon Mobilia; special uncle Jim Folz (Lorene Pucel) many nieces and nephews, and so many dear friends. She is also survived by her beloved dogs Trixie and Buddy.

A memorial service for Carrie will be held on what would have been her 60th birthday – Thursday, August 4, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. mass. Carrie will be interred with her parents at the Ely Cemetery. A celebration of Carrie’s life and 60th birthday will take place after the service at Zaverl’s Bar.