Carolyn J. Bartel, 86, of Marytown died May 12, 2019 at Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mount Calvary.
She was born Dec. 10, 1932 in Rock Falls, Wisconsin, daughter of the late William and Edna Schauf.
She always said her family came before housework. She was a Home Economics major and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stout Institute. After graduation in 1954, she moved to New Holstein where she taught at the High School. On Aug. 6, 1955 she married Andrew Bartel, and they went on to have eight children.
Andrew and Carolyn maintained a mink ranch in Marytown for the next 60-plus years. Carolyn ran the annual “pelting crew” for the operation.
Carolyn was proudest of her work at home with her family. She utilized her education baking treasures such as her blueberry buckles and apple cakes, as well acting as a seamstress who could make clothing for any special occasion. She extended her care for others to her church and her community, as a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marytown, 4-H, the St. Lawrence Seminary Parents’ Guild, and as a president of the Parish Council. She was also part of the group which, in 1969, re-organized the area Catholic schools into the Consolidated Parochial Elementary Schools. It was one of the first consolidations in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, and the first where the School Board was run primarily by the laity.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Andrew; her children, JoAnn Hoelscher, Andrea (Mike) Bartel-Riffle, Bill (Kathy) Bartel, Dave Bartel, Tom Bartel, Gregg (Julie) Bartel, and Mary Bartel (Tim Mueller); 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Hubbard.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, William and Edna; her parents-in-law, Hubert and Caroline; her infant son, Joseph; one grandchild, Adam Buechel; sisters Marlene (Al) Pool and Wilma (Eddie) Hayden; sister-in-law Dorothy (Arnold) Sheldon; and brothers-in-law Walter (Lucille) Bartel, Joseph (Germaine) Bartel, and Hubert (Patricia) Bartel.
Funeral services are set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at St. Mary Catholic Church (10232 CTH G) in Marytown with the Rev. Gary Wegner, O.F.M. Cap., presiding. Friends may call at the church from 3:30 to 6:15 p.m. on the day of the service. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20 at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Marytown.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Carolyn J. Bartel.
The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the staffs at Villa Loretto Nursing Home and Agnesian Hospice Care for their care and support.