Friday, December 26, 2008

Carole J. (Blackard) Pearce-Wildenberg

Carole J. Pearce-Wildenberg, age 73, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2008, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Carole was born in Ponca City, OK, on September 30, 1935, daughter of the late Willoughby and Leota (nee: Bowen) Blackard.

Carole was united in marriage to Shairyl I. Pearce in 1954 and was married for forty five years until his passing on October 11, 1999. She later married Wayne Wildenberg. Carole was a paralegal for many years until her retirement in 1997. She was the director of Racine Fair Housing, was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church and worked for various church missions. Most important, Carole was proud to have raised seven children. She was a published poet and will be remembered for her quilting and handcrafts, and as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne,; her seven children, Kelsey S. Pearce-Jones of Mason City, IA, Steven L. (Janis) Pearce of Northville, MI, Kerry L. (Jerry) Milkie, Kathy A. (Todd) Veto, Christopher W. Pearce, all of Racine, Cheryl J. Bruce of Neenah, WI, Jason T. Pearce of Detroit, MI; step-children, Dawn Wildenberg, Shelly (Dwight) Karrow; grandchildren, Nicole, Carole, Bonnie, Laurie, Matthew, Hannah, Melanie, Eric, Michael, Elaina, Robyn, Jacqueline and Cami; great-grandson, Brandon; sister, Sue (Charles) Brush of Seguin, TX; brother, John (Linda) Blackard of Caw City, OK; sister-in-law, Joanne McGuire of St. Louis, MO; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 29, 2008, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Mound Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Monday from noon until time of services. Memorials to the Racine County Child Advocacy Center, 2405 Northwestern Ave., have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the Wheaton-Franciscan ER, Flight for Life and to the staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center neuro-ICU for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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1 comment:

Gracie said...

Dear Kathy and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I enjoyed her visits to our homes when she would journey this way with my brother Laughn. She was a unique and special person and enjoyed life. God be with you and your families during this time of sorrow. Grace (Laughn's Sister)