Monday, May 2, 2011

Aileen 'Skip' (Danielson) Wohlust

UNION GROVE – Aileen “Skip” Wohlust, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in Union Grove. She joined the love of her life just before sunset so they could resume watching them together, one of several activities they had enjoyed doing throughout their years together.

Skip was born in Viroqua, Wisconsin, on November 20, 1919, the daughter of the late John and Bessie (nee: Sime) Danielson and graduated from Viroqua High School. She married Walter “Kerry” Wohlust on August 9, 1941, and they celebrated 67 anniversaries and raised four daughters. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Skip was known by all as a beautiful, gentle, gracious lady who saw the good in everyone and believed every person could achieve whatever their heart desired. She was employed at Howard Industries and Wisconsin Small Motors; after retiring she was the smiling face of Welcome Wagon. From early on, she was the muse and the manager for Kerry’s music career, the Kerry Wahls Quartet that played many long-term engagements in southeastern Wisconsin including the Burlingshire Resort in Burlington, the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, and Greco’s in Kenosha. In recent years, she and Kerry participated in many art fairs and shows, displaying his art work and interacting with many collectors of his lighthouse series and vanishing landscapes paintings and prints. She was a talented seamstress who sewed beautiful clothing and gowns for her daughters throughout their lives. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles, but the highlight of her life and those around her was the cherished position as “Grammy” to her adoring grandchildren.

Skip is survived by her four loving daughters, Melody (Robert) Carter of Racine/Baraboo, Autumn (John) Lenart, Lani Braley and Paris (Tashe) Bozinovski, all of Racine; her 11 grandchildren who will miss her beyond words, Kerry (Rachael) Carter of Hertfordshire, England, Scott (Cheryl) Carter of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Chad (Kristy) Carter of Green Bay and Michael (Amy) Carter of Franksville, Robin (Jerry) Lillard of McAllen, Texas, Lorelei (Tom) Smith of Oak Creek, Marnie (Chuck) Hidde of Racine, Brea Lenart of Racine, Brett Lenart of Chicago, IL, Erika Bozinovski of Madison, and Alyssa (Jacob) Minger of Sturtevant; her 12 cherished great-grandchildren, Zachary, Oliver, Kaeley, Madison and Mia Carter, Jacob and Hannah Lillard, Jordan and Dylan Smith, Paige and Max Hidde and Logan Minger.

She is also survived by her brother Stanley (June) Danielson of Woodstock, IL; her sisters-in-law, Elaine (Ken) Danielson of Darien, Ruth (Fred) Oertel and Marlene (Glenn) Wohlust both of Racine and brother-in-law Fred Oertel. Also surviving are many dear nieces, nephews and family friends.

Skip was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bessie Danielson; her devoted husband, Walter “Kerry” Wohlust; her brother, Ken Danielson; brothers-in-law Leroy and Glenn Wohlust and Mike Dinkelman; sisters-in-law, Leora Dinkelman, Aline and Mae Wohlust and June Danielson. Although Skip’s constant smile, kind words and demeanor will be deeply missed by all, we are grateful for so many wonderful memories and know that right now, she is strolling hand-in-hand with Kerry, absorbing beautiful sunsets and reliving and laughing over old times.

A Memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Jennings officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials in Skip’s memory to the Veteran’s Home in Union Grove have been suggested.

Skip’s family would like to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to the exceptional staff of 2 East and Boland Hall at the Veteran’s Home in Union Grove for their compassionate, loving care, above and beyond expectations, during Skip’s stay there. We are eternally grateful for all of your personal touches.

803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

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