MIDDLETON-Carol Konsoer, age 79, went home to God on April 30, 2013, at Oak Park Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Madison, surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.

She was born on July 9, 1933, in Dell Prairie, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Walter Jens and Margaret Cecelia Christensen (O’Connell). She spent a happy childhood growing up on a farm. She attended Wisconsin Dells High School, graduating in 1951. She was a good student, a prize-winning 4-H baker, and faithful French horn player in her school band. Following high school, Carol attended Madison Business College and graduated with a degree in Secretarial Studies. She worked at Badger Ordnance Works near Baraboo for many years. Carol then moved to Madison and began working for the State of Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Weights & Measures Division in the Hill Farms state office building. There she met her husband, Don Konsoer.

Carol and Don were married in 1966 at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Madison. They bought a home in Middleton where they lived out their lives. They had two daughters, Julie and Kristie Konsoer, both of Middleton. As a family, they shared many happy memories. Carol enjoyed the water and boating on the Madison lakes. The family took many wonderful vacations, travelling to 49 of the 50 states (missing only Alabama!). Carol really enjoyed the trips out West to the National Parks. The family also took an annual summer trip to Door County. The family has fond memories of weekend visits to Carol’s family in the Dells and Don’s in Waterloo.

Carol always made the holidays extra special for her family. Every year, there was the quest to find the perfect Christmas tree. She enjoyed cooking delicious holiday dinners featuring her signature twice-baked potatoes and lemon raspberry jello salad. Birthdays were also very special and she would always make homemade cakes for her daughters. In the summertime, Carol enjoyed planting flowers and growing tomatoes. She loved going for drives in the Arboretum and stopping to smell the lilacs.

She loved her family very much and was a wonderful mother who will be greatly missed. She was very self-sacrificing and devoted much of herself to her daughters. After they we raised, Carol returned to the workforce, as a seasonal employee for the Department of Revenue.

Carol was a devout Catholic and prayed the rosary every night, along with many other prayers. The family belonged to St. Bernard’s in Middleton and went to church every Sunday together. She belonged to a small faith group, and enjoyed the friendships she made there.

In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Don Konsoer and her sisters–in-law Roseanne Christensen and Phyllis Christensen. She is survived by her daughters Julie and Kristie Konsoer, her brothers Harvey and Walt (RoseMarie Albrecht) Christensen and many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. David Hei, Dr. Steven Howard, and the entire staff at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. We are also very thankful to Dr. John Ewalt and Associated Physicians for a lifetime of healthcare. We would like to thank Middleton Village, and the amazing staff at Oak Park Place in Madison for their compassionate care. We would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for their dedication and support.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST.BERNARD’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave, Middleton at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2013, with Monsignor Douglas Dushack presiding. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Bernard’s in Middleton or the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Memorials:
Memorials may be given to St. Bernard’s in Middleton or the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the church.

Service:
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST.BERNARD’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave, Middleton at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2013, with Monsignor Douglas Dushack presiding.

Cemetery:
Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Madison.