Carol J. Redenz

Carol J. Redenz , a lifelong resident of Waukesha, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the age of 76.

Carol was the daughter of Garrett and Bernice Hoekstra. She married the love of her life, Kenneth R. Redenz, on June 27, 1959. Carol was a devoted lifelong member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and was active in the St. Luke’s PSW and Bible study. She was one of the founding "grandmas" of the Child Life Ministries. She was a member of the Waukesha Elk Ladies, Wisconsin Educational Association Chapter, the National Educational Association and Alpha Pi Omega. Carol was also a faithful volunteer for the Plowshare Center. After 36 years of teaching, she retired from a career in education in 1994. Carol enjoyed vacationing throughout the U.S., traveling with her sister to Europe, trips with friends and family, walking and mostly loved her family.

Carol will be sadly missed by her husband, Kenneth "Ken," whom she married on June 27, 1959; her children, Mark (Maria) Redenz of Helenville and LeAnn Rudolph of Waukesha; her grandchildren, Nicole, Travis, Brittany, Justin, Steven, Rita and Selena; her sisters, Marion (Carl) Raddatz of Yucapia, Calif., and Diane (John) Vieau of Montello; and her sister-in-law, Beverly Foster of Kenosha. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, March 19, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Kathy Boadwine will officiate.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (see address above) or the Hadfield School, 733 Linden St., Waukesha, WI 53186.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.