Agnes Carstens

Jan. 19, 1920 - Nov. 5, 2011

Agnes Louise (Aggie) Carstens, 91, of the Diamondhead community near Hot Springs, Ark., died Saturday morning, Nov. 5, 2011, in a local hospital after a brief illness.

She was born in Waukesha on Jan. 19, 1920. She was the second of 12 children born to Marko and Anna (Nagel) Kokan. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Waukesha High School.

Agnes resided on Highway E (Maple Avenue) in the Town of Delafield for more than 40 years. She was a longtime member of the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ in Waukesha. She enjoyed participating in church, community and family activities, sewing and playing cards.

Agnes resided in the Hot Springs area since 1996. She was a member of the Diamondhead Community Church and its women’s group.

Agnes was the wife of Leon (Todd) Carstens, who preceded her in death Dec. 6, 2008. They were wed June 25, 1948, and celebrated more than 60 years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons, David Carstens of Diamondhead and his girlfriend, Loretta Reiber of Little Rock, Ark., and Rick Carstens and his wife, Nona, of Tacoma, Wash. Agnes has three grandchildren, Jason, Codi and Carly Carstens, who all reside in Wisconsin; two brothers, Anthony (Marge) Kokan of Dousman and Martin (Pat) Kokan of Kewaunee; five sisters, Mary Ann Grosskopf of St. Augustine, Fla., Caroline Budiac of Waukesha, Alice (Earl) Schulz of Hustisford, Linda Richardson of Sparta and Clara (Mel) Germain of Summerset; and two sisters-in-law, Norine Kokan of Waukesha and Margaret Carstens of San Tan Valley, Ariz. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and longtime friends.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joseph Kokan and Carl Kokan; and two sisters, Catherine Grundman and Frances Bear. They all lived in the Waukesha area.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the sanctuary of the Diamondhead Community Church near Hot Springs. The Rev. Mike Fikes will officiate, with services provided by J.A. Funk Funeral Home.

A memorial service for both Agnes and Leon Carstens will be held in Waukesha during the spring of 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may take the form of contributions to the Diamondhead Community Church.

Online condolences may be sent to jafunkfuneralhome.com.