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Carol May Engel

Medford, Wisconsin

April 5, 1935 - June 4, 2024

Carol May Engel Obituary

Carol May (Brandner) Engel, 89, of Medford, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at Aspirus Cedar Lane under the care of Hope Hospice Services. She was born in Medford, WI, to John H. and Lenore (Mueller) Brandner on Friday, April 5, 1935. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from Medford Area Senior High School, class of 1953. Following graduation, she enrolled in Milwaukee’s Spencerian Business College and perfected her excellent grammar, speed typing, and short hand skills. Upon completing her business degree, she returned to Medford and began a 44 ½  year career as a refined and dedicated bookkeeper and payroll manager for Hurd Millwork.

On New Year’s Eve 1955, Carol married her high school sweetheart, Wayne W. Engel, and were faithful, lifelong members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. They delighted in going out dancing on weekends with friends. Perry Como’s “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” was their favorite dance tune as they whirled about on the dance floor. Together they were blessed with two daughters, Jayne and Jill, a son Mark, and seven grandchildren, Robert, Sara, Michael, Jason, Carolyn, Larissa, and Julia, who are all honorary pallbearers.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, daughter Jayne, siblings Jon (Jack) Brandner and Marjean Bootzin, brothers-in-law Ivan Bootzin, Russell, Donald, and Monion Engel, and sister-in-law Rose Engel. She is also survived by brothers Robert and Paul Brandner, Aunt Rosemary (Brandner) Werner, and a plethora of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Carol had great joy mingling at all Brandner, Mueller, and Engel family reunions.

As a young girl, Carol had fond memories roller skating on up and down North 2nd Street where she grew up. Her favorite summer activity was walking downtown to visit her dad at the Brandner Meat Market, stopping at the corner store, and charging an ice cream cone to her dad’s account. During high school summers, she worked with friends at the Medford Canning Company which later became Medford Millwork and subsequently the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library.

Married to Wayne Engel, Carol experienced all types of adventures. Spring was fishing time. She especially enjoyed Chetek fishing and Door County salmon fishing. Summers were filled with parades, camping, and outdoor adventures. Weekends, with Roy and Doris Schroeder at Connors Lake in Phillips, as well as waterskiing with the kids and friends at Lake Holcombe, were her favorites. She even rode along during fall pheasant and partridge hunting. Winters brought family snowmobiling and hunting time at the farm and she always had food and warm drinks ready for everyone. She cooked all types of wild game and fish for suppers, breakfasts with sugared French toast, waffles, eggs, and coco wheats, and baked her decorated angel food birthday cakes.

Carol put miles of run time on her Viking sewing machine creating special dresses and outfits, repairing the boat tarp cover, repeated mending of Wayne’s jeans, and patching favorite hunting pants, jackets, and carry bags. Carol enjoyed summer Mini Midas motorhome road trips to visit relatives and friends in Fernandina Beach, FL, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Grass Valley, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego, CA, as well as being Wayne’s travelling companion to Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, and Hawaii on insurance business trips.

Carol always said that entertainment “costs a little bit” because she took pleasure in getting out of the house for all types of activities including daily and weekly bus tours, attending performing art shows, seeing casino lights, fireworks, and hot air balloons, going to parades, watching music and swimming events, tennis, soccer, softball, and hockey games, and dance and waterski shows of the grandchildren. She played hours of solitaire, nickel knock, and cribbage with Wayne, friends, and the grandchildren. Carol’s favorite game of all was Wayne’s crafted marble game. Carol was also a summer Wednesday Tee-Hi ladies’ golfer and a winter Medford Curling Club mixed doubles curler.  She looked forward to recreational social time, sit down meals, and creation of forever friendships. She also found great joy driving around the Medford City Park to watch millpond ducks, see ballpark life, and hear children’s laughter at the pool.

Carol’s sightseeing rides and presence will be deeply missed by her family and friends. God provided Carol with the heart and strong faith of a virtuous woman, a hard work ethic, a spirit of sweetness, cheerfulness, gentleness, and everlasting kindness, as well as wonderful high school classmates, a fulfilling career at Hurd Millwork, special co-workers and friends, an active family, and memorable good times.

Carol and her family are thankful for the companionship and services provided by visitors and Pastors Russow, Iwinski, and Spaude, assistance and rides by Gwen Bauman, and kindness and care from the residents and staff at Aspirus Cedar Lane and Hope Hospice in Medford.

A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. until the time of Carol’s funeral service at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 420 E. Lincoln St., Medford, WI 54451, with Rev. David Spaude officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery II in Medford.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to 5916 Algoma St., Stevens Point, WI 54482, for a bench in memory of Carol along the “Riverwalk” in Medford or plant a tree in memory of Carol Engel.

 

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Carol May Engel hosted by Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home.

Carol May (Brandner) Engel, 89, of Medford, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at Aspirus Cedar Lane under the care of Hope Hospice Services. She was born in Medford, WI, to John H. and Lenore (Mueller) Brandner on Friday, April 5, 1935. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from Medford Area Senior High School, class of 1953. Following graduation, she enrolled in Milwaukee’s Spencerian Business College and perfected her excellent grammar, speed typing, and short hand skills. Upon completing her business degree, she returned to Medford and began a 44 ½  year career as a refined and dedicated bookkeeper and payroll manager for Hurd Millwork.

On New Year’s Eve 1955, Carol married her high school sweetheart, Wayne W. Engel, and were faithful, lifelong members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. They delighted in going out dancing on weekends with friends. Perry Como’s “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” was their favorite dance tune as they whirled about on the dance floor. Together they were blessed with two daughters, Jayne and Jill, a son Mark, and seven grandchildren, Robert, Sara, Michael, Jason, Carolyn, Larissa, and Julia, who are all honorary pallbearers.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, daughter Jayne, siblings Jon (Jack) Brandner and Marjean Bootzin, brothers-in-law Ivan Bootzin, Russell, Donald, and Monion Engel, and sister-in-law Rose Engel. She is also survived by brothers Robert and Paul Brandner, Aunt Rosemary (Brandner) Werner, and a plethora of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Carol had great joy mingling at all Brandner, Mueller, and Engel family reunions.

As a young girl, Carol had fond memories roller skating on up and down North 2nd Street where she grew up. Her favorite summer activity was walking downtown to visit her dad at the Brandner Meat Market, stopping at the corner store, and charging an ice cream cone to her dad’s account. During high school summers, she worked with friends at the Medford Canning Company which later became Medford Millwork and subsequently the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library.

Married to Wayne Engel, Carol experienced all types of adventures. Spring was fishing time. She especially enjoyed Chetek fishing and Door County salmon fishing. Summers were filled with parades, camping, and outdoor adventures. Weekends, with Roy and Doris Schroeder at Connors Lake in Phillips, as well as waterskiing with the kids and friends at Lake Holcombe, were her favorites. She even rode along during fall pheasant and partridge hunting. Winters brought family snowmobiling and hunting time at the farm and she always had food and warm drinks ready for everyone. She cooked all types of wild game and fish for suppers, breakfasts with sugared French toast, waffles, eggs, and coco wheats, and baked her decorated angel food birthday cakes.

Carol put miles of run time on her Viking sewing machine creating special dresses and outfits, repairing the boat tarp cover, repeated mending of Wayne’s jeans, and patching favorite hunting pants, jackets, and carry bags. Carol enjoyed summer Mini Midas motorhome road trips to visit relatives and friends in Fernandina Beach, FL, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Grass Valley, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego, CA, as well as being Wayne’s travelling companion to Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, and Hawaii on insurance business trips.

Carol always said that entertainment “costs a little bit” because she took pleasure in getting out of the house for all types of activities including daily and weekly bus tours, attending performing art shows, seeing casino lights, fireworks, and hot air balloons, going to parades, watching music and swimming events, tennis, soccer, softball, and hockey games, and dance and waterski shows of the grandchildren. She played hours of solitaire, nickel knock, and cribbage with Wayne, friends, and the grandchildren. Carol’s favorite game of all was Wayne’s crafted marble game. Carol was also a summer Wednesday Tee-Hi ladies’ golfer and a winter Medford Curling Club mixed doubles curler.  She looked forward to recreational social time, sit down meals, and creation of forever friendships. She also found great joy driving around the Medford City Park to watch millpond ducks, see ballpark life, and hear children’s laughter at the pool.

Carol’s sightseeing rides and presence will be deeply missed by her family and friends. God provided Carol with the heart and strong faith of a virtuous woman, a hard work ethic, a spirit of sweetness, cheerfulness, gentleness, and everlasting kindness, as well as wonderful high school classmates, a fulfilling career at Hurd Millwork, special co-workers and friends, an active family, and memorable good times.

Carol and her family are thankful for the companionship and services provided by visitors and Pastors Russow, Iwinski, and Spaude, assistance and rides by Gwen Bauman, and kindness and care from the residents and staff at Aspirus Cedar Lane and Hope Hospice in Medford.

A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. until the time of Carol’s funeral service at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 420 E. Lincoln St., Medford, WI 54451, with Rev. David Spaude officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery II in Medford.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to 5916 Algoma St., Stevens Point, WI 54482, for a bench in memory of Carol along the “Riverwalk” in Medford or plant a tree in memory of Carol Engel.

 

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Carol May Engel hosted by Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home.

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