Carol Mickelsen Korf

Carol Mickelsen Korf left this earth on Valentine’s Day to be reunited with her beloved husband, Jerry, in the world yet to come.

Born in 1925 to Rudolph and Laurene Mickelsen in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carol moved to Waukesha with her family, where she grew up along with her brother, Rodney.

She attended Carroll College in Waukesha and then graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a degree in education. She attended graduate school at UW-Madison and then taught high school English for several years.

Carol married Gerald J. Korf on June 30, 1951, in Waukesha. Jerry had a law practice in Mukwonago prior to 1965, when he and his family, which by then included two daughters, moved to Madison. He became an administrative law judge for Wisconsin’s Division of Worker’s Compensation and then for the Labor and Industry Review Commission. Carol joyfully immersed herself in family and volunteer activities.

She also occasionally taught as a substitute teacher in Madison schools. She enjoyed a long, happy marriage with Jerry until his death in 1997.

Carol is survived by her daughters, Lisa Korf and Kristin Todd, as well as Kristin’s husband, R. Kim Todd and their children, Kelly and Connor, all of whom she cherished. She is further survived by several much-loved nieces and nephews, as well as a host of valued friends.

In addition to her husband, Carol was predeceased by her dear mother, father and brother.

A longtime member of Advent Lutheran Church in Madison, Carol’s strong Christian faith was central to her essence. She participated in many church activities, including a women’s circle, book club and quilting. In addition, she was a volunteer children’s reader at Wexford Village, recorded for the blind and was a member of Zeta Phi Eta, as well as the Madison Civics Club. Carol and Jerry enjoyed many years of participating in Elderhostels, which met their interests in lifelong learning and traveling.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 28, at Advent Lutheran Church, 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison, beginning with a visitation at 11 a.m. followed by the service at 12 noon. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice, if you so wish.

Carol was a loving presence in the lives of family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service of Madison, 608-238-3434, is serving the family. Please share your memories at