Carol Regan (Melady) Welle

January 5, 1935 ~ March 13, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Carol Welle Obituary

Carol Regan Welle (nee Melady), age 89, of Excelsior, MN, dearly loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, nana, tutu, sister, aunt and friend died peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 surrounded by family.

Born on January 5, 1935, in St. Paul, MN to Stephen J. Melady, Jr. and Emily J. Fogarty Melady, Carol was the second oldest of four daughters. She graduated from the Convent of the Visitation in St. Paul, MN in 1952 and from Rosary College in River Forest, IL in 1956. Carol also studied in Fribourg, Switzerland, an experience she cherished for the rest of her life.

In 1957, Carol married Robert M. Regan and had four children, Cynthia R. Smith, Lee B. Regan, Mark F. Regan (Phyllis), and Robert M. Regan Jr. (Paula). The family moved to Excelsior, MN where she formed lifelong friendships, played piano and sang in the St John’s choir, acted in plays, and hosted quilting gatherings. She lived her life extraordinarily and unselfishly, fostering several homeless children and families.

Carol treasured her grandchildren (“sweet loves” and “darlins”) and attended many piano and dance recitals, track meets, football, baseball, and basketball games.

Carol married James Welle in 1998. Carol and Jim shared many adventures while residing in Port Ludlow, WA and Mesa, AZ until Jim’s passing in 2008.

In recent years, Carol suffered from Alzheimer’s and remained beautiful, sweet, witty, and kind. The family wishes to thank her caregivers at Trails of Orono, especially Zeinab and Azi for their compassion and love.

Carol leaves behind her beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters Angela Haugh and Cynthia O’Halloran, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister E. Jane Dahl of St. Paul, MN and husband James Welle of Port Ludlow, WA.

There will be a Visitation at 10:30 am and Time of Sharing at 11:30 am on Monday, March 25 at O’Halloran & Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116, followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. All memorials are appreciated, but Carol was especially connected to two nonprofits: Ain Dah Yung Center (, or Native-American Heritage Association (

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