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Carol Walter

April 10, 1916 — August 2, 2006

Carol Frisbie Walters passage into eternity on Aug 2nd 2006 mirrors her unique and wonderful life in many ways. She had been living with her daughter (Dee Walter-Cohen) and family (Larry Cohen and Lizzy Cohen) for 14 years in a wheelchair after a hip surgery gone awry. They lived first in Beaver Dam for 4 years as a team, then back in Oshkosh at the home where she had spent most of her married life and where Dee was born. She was taken peacefully to eternal happiness with Dee holding her hand at her doctors office. Carol and her family were lucky enough to be currently reading diaries written by her Grandfather Frisbie (first settler in Pine River, WI where Carol was born on April 10th 1916) He kept diaries from 1 879 - 1 933 to record weather for Madison, but he also included much personal history. One of Carols surviving relatives Marilyn (Paul) Gardner, Editor at the Christian Science Monitor of Boston had been visiting her and bringing copies of the diaries. Through them Carol and family had become reacquainted with those marvelous ancestors greeting her now, who traveled widely (even to the worlds fair in St. Louis in the early 1900s by stage then train), organized the school system, served as officers of most civic organizations, active in church and prohibition, owned the town store, the funeral parlor, the lumber mill, farmed the land, had cows for the milk and butter and most importantly sold their goods on credit to those who could not pay their bills. The Pine River cottage we have today was given to the family as a bequest to try to repay a huge debt to the family store. It was useless property in those days because it was wooded - now it is choice because its a peninsula with the river meeting on two sides of a beautiful woods. These ancestors who preceded her in death were Grandfather Herbert (Libbie Courtney) Frisbie ,father Fred (Mary Sorenson) Frisbie., sisters Evelyn (George) Cameron, Doris (Lawrence) Bublitz, brother Franklin (Viola) Frisbie. Carol, like her family before her, was active in many things including the First Presbyterian Church (when she was able) & now is thankful to Pastor Tom for coming to the house so often; she was a member of 16th Order of Eastern Star, PEO Chapter AG, and DAR. A quiet small town girl from Pine River, Carol graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1 934 during which time she found the courage to ask the leader of the band, magician / founder of the Wisconsin Houdini Club and most handsome man for a date to a Halloween dance. Just before WWII she married Curt Walter, who has been waiting for her on the other side since 1 991. She attended Oshkosh Business College, then became accountant / bookkeeper for the Oshkosh Corrugated Box, assisted her husband Curt in his Magic act and was active in the Houdini Club with him. Her most monumental accomplishments, though, were those little things she did quietly every day. If something was broken she would quickly fix it. If someone was sick she would take care of them, if someone was in need she would help, everyone all the time. During family gatherings she was always the one who never sat down, always waited on others. You had to be really careful; too, if you mentioned you wanted something even a little bit, she would run to the store and get it before you knew what she was doing. Her main concern was always about others, never herself. Carols surviving family is very small but her friends are huge in numbers. Niece Carol (Bruce) Glocke (Manawa), and Carols son Andrew Schimke (Waupaca), Niece Mary (Tom) Wallfred, and Mary and Toms son Tom (Julie) Wallfred (Wayzata, MN.) Marys daughter Elizabeth Wallfred preceded her in death. She lived a simple life, abundant with love, always old fashioned in values - family dinners were an end to every day (yes Dee had to cook - but Carol provided the recipes and the wisdom) complete with candles and fresh flowers. - Her motto while cooking dinner was never underestimate the power of a draft beer and a good laugh. At the time of her misguided hip surgery 14 yrs ago she was given a diagnosis of lung cancer and 6 mos. to live. With no chemo or any kind of intervention except faith and love of family, she lived almost 14 years symptom free. Maggie and Cassie, her two beloved dogs kept her laughing every day. She worked diligently to preserve nature in every way. Spending much of her childhood along the Pine River, with a great grandfather who discovered the idea of planting pines to hold the sandy soil in place, it came naturally to her. One winter that stretched into spring when the robins were already back, she kept them alive through the snowstorms by feeding them raisins. Now 35 years later the robins still come to the door early morning all summer. If raisins arent thrown out quickly enough they will hang on to the screen door with their feet and rattle it just a little bit. She donated time and money to all ecological organizations as well as political minorities. A Memorial has been established to continue her work as a naturalist, especially to fund her elaborate sanctuary for the birds and animals in her back yard and at the Pine River cottage. Faith guides us and her birds console us as their wings flap closer to heaven, a symbol of her peace which will be celebrated Friday Aug 11th 2006 at Konrad Behlman Funeral Home 402 Waugoo Ave. Visitation is at 11:00 am and the service is at 12:00 noon followed by a refreshment at the Roxy at 571 N Main Street for all who would like to share this passage with us. The family would like to thank Dr. Alzubi and the nurses at Aurora especially Kathy.

Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home - East



402 Waugoo Avenue
Oshkosh
WI
54901

Friday, August 11, 2006
11:00 a.m. to the service time



Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home - East



402 Waugoo Avenue
Oshkosh
WI
54901

Friday, August 11, 2006
12:00 Noon



Lake View Memorial Park



2786 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh
WI
54901




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