Carol Hockstad, age 91 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin with loved ones by her side.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Picha Funeral Home in Lake Delton, Wisconsin with Reverend Steven Keller officiating. Visitation will be held at Picha Funeral Home in Lake Delton on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m.
Carol was born September 17, 1928 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Her childhood was spent in the Racine, Wisconsin area with her Aunts and Uncles. This is where her true love for Italian Food stems from. She spent countless hours in the kitchen learning to cook, which later helped her develop the recipe for what her family enjoyed weekly- “Grandma’s Spaghetti.” It is the best in the World, and the secret ingredient is Grandma’s Love.
She became a Marine Wife and travelled the United States raising her daughters. Upon Military retirement the family made home in McFarland, Wisconsin until Kathy’s graduation from High School. Carol called Madison home from 1971-2017. From 2001-2017 she spent weekends with her granddaughter in Wisconsin Dells. In 2017, Carol and her daughters built a brand-new house, just a few doors down from Nikki’s family.
Carol’s calling in life was to be a mom and grandma. And she became grandma to everyone she met. She could always be found at her great grandchildren’s events. She never missed a State Bowling Tournament, soccer or baseball game, Wo-Zha-Wa parade or band concert. And did she ever love the band! Her new home was close enough to the Wisconsin Dells High School that the Marching Band changed their practice route to be able to pass by her house every day and wave to “Austin’s Grandma”. She had a bit of a sweet tooth; often it was donuts or honey buns for breakfast. Next to her chair you could always find Sour Patch Kids and jellybeans. There was never a dirty dish in the sink if grandma was around. And laundry was her thing, especially matching socks. Christmas Day just 2 weeks before she passed, she received one of her most prize gifts ever; 2 baskets of mismatched socks with a giant red bow on top. Boy did she laugh! It didn’t take her long to match them all and she thanked us for still needing her.
Carol was the tech-savviest 91-year-old you could meet. She had her own smart phone and tablet and spent hours a day on Facebook to keep up on all the happenings of her family and friends. She was determined she would beat her daughter at Cookie Jam, even if she did have to cheat.
She loved travelling. Countless trips to Florida with her grandkids and great grandkids. Only once did she request a wheelchair at Disney, and we later learned it was only so the family could go to the front of the lines. She took her first cruise at age 88; 14 nights through the Panama Canal on the Disney Wonder. She enjoyed it so much she did it again 2 years later. She was scheduled to cruise again January 24, 2020 but God had other travel plans for her.
Carol is survived by her daughters, Kathy Kapp and Sandy Hockstad both of Wisconsin Dells; granddaughter, Nikki (Andy) Lohr of Wisconsin Dells; great grandchildren, BreAnna Kapp (Brad Garetson), Haley Kapp (Conrad Rothenburger), Austin and AJ Lohr; 6 great great grandchildren, special friend Anne Hockstad and her fur baby, Speedy. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim; former husband, Eugene; Son in law, Larry Kapp and a grandson; Bill Kapp.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Mary’s for their loving care of her during her final days.