Carol Ann Doyle
Elegant, graceful, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Carol Doyle, age 92 of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2017, at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo, Wisconsin surrounded by her loving family and wonderful caregivers.
Carol was born June 30, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Edward and Eleanor (Schirmbrand) Cauley. Carol grew up during the depression with her sister Audrey (Meurer) by her side. They continued to be the best of friends throughout their lifetime sharing passions and talents such as painting, cooking, entertaining, and the joys of family life.
During the war, while Carol worked in Milwaukee, she exchanged hundreds of heartfelt love letters with her sweetheart, Joseph Doyle, whom she married in January of 1946. In 1951 they moved to Lyndon Station, where they raised Joseph (Ardis) of Lyndon, Gail (Ron) Finnegan of Lyndon, Timothy (Laurene) of Mauston, and Daniel (Tianne) of Bradenton, Florida. They enjoyed fifty-one wonderful years of marriage together. Carol was an amazing mother. She sewed many of her children’s clothes, including intricate doll dresses for her daughter with buttons and detailing. She took her children ice-skating on the pond behind their house, to the beach, and lovingly cooked all of their meals, often from scratch or their own garden. Every time there was a great snow Carol would seize the opportunity to take her children outside to build snowmen and make magical memories for her children.
Carol had a brilliant mind and a knack for business and numbers. In her professional life, Carol worked at the garment factory in Mauston, was the Personnel Director for Juneau County for 13 years, ran for Juneau County clerk, and served on the Lyndon Station village board for 16 years. She was also active in the St. Mary’s school PTA, as well as the church altar sodality.
Carol had many friends, but the greatest joy in Carol’s life was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she spoiled and loved endlessly. Grandma Doyle was known for her famous “treat closet,” her box of “gems” on top of the fridge, and her sweet holiday traditions such as giving each grandchild a Hallmark ornament every year and making end of the night “nests,” on the living room floor for the children to gather and giggle while the adults feasted on her beautiful party trays, decadent holiday meals, and festive cocktails.
Carol loved the warm sunshine and spent many days in her pool, or visiting Florida to soak up the sun. She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and poker with Carol and Joe’s group of Lyndon legends, and always had time for a game of “21” with her grandchildren.
Carol is survived by her 4 children; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Carol will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lyndon Station with Father Clayton Elmhorst celebrating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Conway Picha Funeral Home in Lyndon Station on Saturday from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and then proceed to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin, 3313 South Packerland Drive, Suite E, DePere, WI 54115 or to St Mary’s Catholic Church, 117 Juneau St, Lyndon Station, Wi 53944, would be appreciated.
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