Carol J. Braeger

Nov. 8, 1926 — Dec. 18, 2014

Carol J. Braeger, 88, of Sussex, died peacefully on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born in Watertown on November 8, 1926, the daughter of Louis and Elsa Buelow. She grew up in Sullivan and attended Jefferson High School, graduating on D-Day, 1944. Carol, an RN, also attended nursing school at Madison General Hospital and during her nursing career met and married the love of her life, the late Gerry Braeger. They settled in Sussex and raised their family. They owned and operated Braeger’s Meat Market. Carol worked for many years as a school nurse in Hartland Arrowhead School District. After retirement, she welcomed many people to the community as the Sussex Welcome Wagon representative and later in her own business, Sussex Greetings. She was the ultimate volunteer in her church, Redeemer UCC, and an advocate for her community. She always put others first. For more than 50 years, she coordinated the Sussex Blood Bank, was a dedicated member of the Sussex Lioness, and through the years was active in Girl Scouts of America, Sussex Food Pantry and worked closely to support the development of Sussex Park and served on a variety of other civic committees and organizations.

Carol especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren, fishing, gardening, slot machines, baking and a big bowl of popcorn. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers fan – always favored Donald Driver and Geoff Jenkins!

Carol was the loving mother of and is survived by four daughters: Connie Barbian (Jerry Mooren) Fort Atkinson; Patty (Bill) Roelofs, Deerfield; Jean (Jeffrey) Fero, Sussex; and Beth (Bradley) Enneking, Lannon. She was the proud grandma of Nick and Jake Barbian, Jared (Lisa) Fero, Andy (Carol) Fero and Alison Fero, William, Jack and Aidan Enneking, and great-grandma of Maxwell Fero. She is further survived by many relatives and friends in the Sussex and Jefferson County area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Elsa Buelow; husband, Gerhardt Braeger; and infant son, Richard Paul.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, December 22, at Redeemer United Church of Christ, W220-N4915 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, from 4PM until time of Celebration of Life Service at 7PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Redeemer United Church of Christ or Sussex Outreach Services appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt-A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services in Sussex is serving the family. For more information, call 262-246-4774 or visit online at