Caryl E. Padley

MADISON- Caryl E. (Schroeder) Padley passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

She was born on May 13, 1926, in Deerfield, the daughter of Edward and Ella (Larson) Schroeder. Caryl attended the country elementary school at Pleasant Hill and Deerfield High School, graduating as valedictorian in 1944. She married her best friend and husband, Harland Padley, on June 16, 1946.

After graduation, Caryl worked a short while at the Truax Field Army Base, and upon its closing she was employed as secretary to the branch manager at International Harvester Co. In 1950, she was employed at the Madison Vocational School (MATC - now Madison College) as secretary in the business office and in later years for the public safety program, and in-between raising four children. She retired from there in 1988.

Harland passed away in April 1999. Caryl enjoyed playing cards, traveling throughout the United States and Canada with her family in their travel trailer. She was active in the Daughter of the Nile Euchre club, the Monona Senior Center, serving on their Senior Board, and giving rides to those who needed them.

Caryl will be missed by four children, Karen (Randy) Geisler of Woodstock, Ill.; Gary (Julie) Padley, Donna Wood and James Padley, all of Madison; nine grandchildren, Alex Geisler, Crystal, Grant (Megan), Megan and Jacob Padley, Sam Wood, and Brock, Keisha and Madison Padley; two great-grandchildren, Elijah Rader and Lily Padley; and brother, Marvin (Linda) Schroeder of Lakewood, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harland; son-in-law, Chris Wood; and brother, Edward Schroeder.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of the service on Thursday.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive

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