Carol P. Gesteland

Carol P. Gesteland, 74, of Lodi, passed away on Sept. 8, 2007, at home, facing the lake at sunrise, on a beautiful Saturday morning.

She was born on May 20, 1933, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Joseph and Christine (Peresek) Petrusek, and attended Keefe Avenue and Longfellow schools in Milwaukee.

She moved to the Nakoma neighborhood in Madison with her uncle and aunt, Carl E. And Marjorie M. Reiss, and attended Madison West High School, graduating in 1951.

She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955.

Carol was united in marriage to Edward F. Gesteland on Aug. 20, 1955. They started out in Coro-nado, Calif., where Ed was stationed in the U.S. Navy.

Later they raised their family in Reedsburg, where many strong and lasting friendships were made. A job change took them to Verona in 1981.

In 1988, they took over ownership of Production Enterprises, Inc. in Marshall until their retirement in 2006.

Production Enterprises Inc. led them to residences in Oconomowoc, Fitchburg and finally to their own little "Camelot" on Lake Wisconsin.

Carol was well known for her vibrant, vivacious, outgoing personality; her hats, finding just the right recipe for the next social gathering and her love for anything Bucky Badger.

Through her life, she forged many friendships, priding herself on keeping in touch with all acquaintances.

Her interests over the years included knitting, golf, bridge, gardening, travel, boating on Lake Wisconsin and especially spending time with family and friends.

Carol is survived by her husband, Ed; her children, Kari (Marc) Vike of Verona, Eric (Therese) Gesteland of Slinger and Kurt (Aaron Ellis) Gesteland of Long Valley, N.J.; her grandchildren, Nicole Vike of Verona and, Bailey and Logan Gesteland and Lexi Bullis of Slinger; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond F. (Harriette) Gesteland of Salt Lake City, Utah and Robert C. (Caroline) Gesteland of Cincinnati, Ohio; and numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert A. Petrusek; special uncle and aunt, Carl E. and Marjorie M. Reiss; her parents-in-law, Elmer R. And Bernice Geste-land; and a sister-in-law, Jean (Smitherman) Gesteland.

All family, friends and acquaintances are invited to stop by and help us commemorate her great spirit on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Morels Restaurant, Middleton (3.4 miles west of Highway 12 on Airport Road).

There will be a short service, immediately followed by a "Bucky" style celebration of Carolís life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Ronald MacDonald House, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Home Health United of Madison or a charity of the donorís choice.

The Gundrson West Funeral and Cremation Center, Middleton, is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Angie Smith and her fellow employees at Home Health United Hospice, and to the UW Health Oncology Department at 1 South Park, Madison.