Carol Ann Spoehr

Dec. 15, 1951 – June 27, 2013 

Carol Ann Spoehr of Lake Mills passed away peacefully in her home just after midnight on June 27, 2013. She was receiving inhome-hospice from Rainbow Hospice out of Jefferson after a nearly four-year fight with cancer. She fought bravely even to go as far as saying, “I’m not ready to go yet” just days before she left us. She was 61.

Carol was born on Dec. 15, 1951 in Waukesha, daughter of Dorothy and Erwin “Erv” Siegrist.

Carol, a 1970 graduate at Waukesha High, grew up in Waukesha and was the third of four children. On Oct. 4, 1975, she married Myron Spoehr, the love of her life, at First United Methodist Church in Waukesha.

Carol was known for her 15-year tenure as a cashier at Sentry Foods in Lake Mills. She took that time to not only help provide for her family, but to get to know locals which she especially enjoyed. It was that passion for getting to know locals that led her to have coffee with friends and locals at the Country Chef and later the Cafe on the Park and Lake Mills Family Restaurant.

To those who loved her and she loved back, Carol perhaps will best be remembered for her passion for baking. She baked as a hobby, enjoying both the activity of baking and making goodies for others.

She often made chocolate chip coffee cake, cookies and Rice Krispie bars for her family, friends and coworkers at Sentry.

She will also be known for her care for others as she cared for all – family, friends and customers who would go through her line at Sentry. She always put others in front of herself.

Throughout her battle with cancer, she spoke with great compassion for others who were suffering from cancer. In the days before her passing, she would still check on how her two boys were doing by asking them if they were warm enough with the early morning chill in the air and other gestures. Even with the inevitable outcome drawing near, Carol took that time to give her loved ones just a few more laughs and smiles.

She was very proud of her two sons, Brandon, an architect based out of Chicago, Ill., and Ryan, a reporter in the Madison area.

Carol is survived by her husband, Myron of Lake Mills and two sons, Brandon of Chicago and Ryan of Lake Mills. She is also survived by her mother, Dorothy Siegrist of Waukesha; brother Dennis (Jerri Lynn) Siegrist of Waukesha; brother Robert (Sue) Siegrist of Boulder, Colo.

and sister, Jan (John) Simon of Waukesha.

Carol was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents; her father, Erwin, and son, Eric.

Her life will be celebrated with a two-day ceremony July 1 and 2. There will be a public wake from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 1 at Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills. On Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, there will be a visitation at 10 a.m. with the funeral at 11 a.m. and a luncheon afterward.

Carol will be put to rest at Rock Lake Cemetery in Lake Mills.

Tributes and memorials can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or Rainbow Hospice.

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