Carol R. Runkel, 76

Carol R. Runkel, 76, of Grafton, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

She was born Aug. 18, 1937, in Cedarburg, the daughter of Allen and Verna Staewen Krueger.  She was a 1955 graduate of Cedarburg High School.  On Nov. 21, 1959, she married Franklin Runkel at Faith Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.

Carol was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton for 47 years. She enjoyed gardening, needlework, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Franklin; two daughters, Wanda (Mitchell) Gappa of Coleman and Kim Ellen (Keith) Downer of West Bend; three grandchildren, Mevia, Franklin, and Clare; three sisters, Nancy Lange of Cedarburg, Marlene (the Rev. Paul) Baehmann of Marthasville, Mo., and Mary (Doug) Anderle of Adell; her brother, Daniel Krueger of Plymouth; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, David Krueger.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 715 6th Ave., Grafton.  Inurnment was at Zur Ruhe Cemetery, Cedarburg.

Visitation was at the church Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Lutheran Church are appreciated.

Eernisse Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cedarburg has assisted the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at