Madison Carol Loraine Engel, 67, died suddenly of natural causes on June 9, 2014 in her Madison home.

She was born January 10, 1947 in St. Anna, Wisconsin to Norbert Engel and Rose Schmitz. Carol married, moved to Madison and had three children with Daniel D. Stier.

Loved by her classmates for her beauty, inside and out, she was prom queen of New Holstein High School Class of 1965. A worldwide traveler, Carol lived in the Philippines, while her husband served in the military during Vietnam, and recently traveled to Italy to visit the Vatican, fulfilling a lifelong dream. She was a lifelong leader in the Catholic Church, employed for decades by the Madison Diocese, most recently at the Bishop O’Connor Center as the main receptionist. Carol greeted all who passed through the doors with her beaming smile.

Carol stood up for equality all of her days, active in the community and increasingly politically engaged. She worked in the Obama and Democratic campaign offices, supporting and cooking meals for the young staffers. Carol believed in equal rights for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Carol was welcomed into the West Wing of the White House, toured the Oval Office, and was greeted in the Rose Garden by David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, who stopped a game of football to welcome Carol to D.C.

Carol was a knowledgeable, loyal Packers fan. Carol never missed a game, the ups and downs of the seasons, and taught neighbors the mechanics of the sport. Carol met Aaron Rodgers this fall. She posed, with her son and Aaron, each with an arm over her shoulders; Carol’s profile picture was born.

Carol was a nurturer, caring for her many plants, and loving nature, flowers and birds. But above all else, Carol passionately and unconditionally loved her three kids and her four grandchildren. Carol passed away surrounded by a life filled with loving memories of her kids and grand-kids, and led them to successes and happiness.  She is survived by her eldest son, Dean Stier, of Phoenix, his wife, Mia Stier and their two daughters, Chloe and Elizabeth; her daughter, Alisa Adams, of Denver, her husband Rick Adams and their two sons Tao and Tanner: and her youngest son, JD Stier and his partner Kacie Marano who live in Washington D.C.

A Funeral Mass will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH with Msgr. Mike Burke presiding. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

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