Caroline A. Stigler (nee Schmuki)


July 6, 1923 - Dec. 19, 2012



Caroline A. Stigler (nee Schmuki), 89, of Waukesha, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha. She was born July 6, 1923 in Waukesha, the daughter of the late Ernest and Margaret (Brandt) Schmuki. Caroline was the eighth of 11 children in the Schmuki residence on Cook Street in Waukesha. That home remained in the family for 90 years.


Caroline attended St. Joseph School in Waukesha and graduated from Waukesha High School in 1942. After high school, she worked as a switchboard operator at T.A. Chapman’s department store in downtown Milwaukee.


On Sept. 20, 1947, she was united in marriage with George J. Stigler Sr. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha. Together they had seven children: Kenneth, George Jr., John, Marilyn, William, Donald and Richard. Caroline was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never forgot a special occasion, always mailing a card and phoning on their special days. Caroline cherished family birthday and holiday get-togethers.


Caroline will be dearly missed by her children, Kenneth (Pamela) Stigler, George Jr. (Peggy) Stigler, John (Prudence) Stigler, Marilyn (Mark) Kenyon, Donald (Carol) Stigler and Richard (Nadine) Stigler; her grandchildren, Daniel (Jessica Weidner), Brian (Rachel), Eric (Craig Lewandowski), Benjamin, Caitlin, Alison, Matthew, Rebecca, Katherine and Isaac Stigler, Amy (Tyler) Kurt and Jeffrey Kenyon; her great-grandchildren, Eva and Emery Stigler and Carter Kurt; her step-grandchildren, Melissa (Michael) Heerboth, Patrick McKenna and Meghan McKenna; and step-great-granddaughters, Penelope and Lillian Heerboth. Caroline is also survived by her sister, Ann Brook, and sisters-in-law, Eunice Reinders and Ruth Stigler.


She was preceded in death by her husband, George, who passed away in May 2012; her parents; son, William; six brothers, Ernest Jr., Richard, Claude, Harold, Edward and William Schmuki; and three sisters, Margaret (John) Bacon, Evelyn (Robert) Richards and Eleanor (Harold) Brown.


The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Ginn and everyone at Waukesha Family Practice Center for their many years of compassionate care. The family would also like to thank the staff of Seasons Hospice for their care of Caroline during the last two months.


The family also wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Ann Brook for her time and effort supporting Caroline during her illness.


A visitation for Caroline will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, Dec. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. William Key will officiate the service. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Waukesha.


Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214; the Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps (ARCh), 419 Frederick St., Waukesha, WI 53186; or a charity of your choosing.


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