A dear heart, and gentle soul, quietly, peacefully and mercifully, fell asleep into Jesus’ arms on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Cherry Meadows in Appleton.
Carol Mae Radley was born on October 15, 1931, a birthday gift to her mother, Eva and father, Kenneth Greshamer of Sugar Bush. She was a resident of New London/Sugar Bush most of her life, with the exception of her teen years, spent in Stevens Point, having graduated from P.J. Jacobs High and attending nurse’s training, post graduate. She married Gilbert Radley, May 31, 1952, in Manhatten, Kansas. Together they raised a family of six children. She loved her family, she loved being a mother, and grandmother, and they her. Carol delighted in making delicious meals, baked treats, and making the holidays special for everyone. She enjoyed a good game of scrabble, sheepshead, smear, Chinese checkers, anything that required a good, sharp mind, really. When her time became more plentiful, she really put her skills to work at her church, Grace Lutheran, Sugar Bush; serving as president of the ladies aide, heading the funeral committee, eldercare visiting the shut-ins, aiding in transportation, active in World Relief; quilting and food for the hungry projects. Carol was an active member of the Waupaca County Extension Homemaker’s Association. She was employed many years by the Larsen Co., Hortonville, primarily as a lab tech, in final prep. She enjoyed her work and made many friends, who affectionately dubbed her “Ma”.
Carol is survived by her children: Linda (Gary) Lamkins, Ogdensburg; Joan Hoel, New London; James (Jill) Radley, Greenville; Ann (Duaine) Grossman, New London; John (Linda) Radley, New London; and Laurie (Frank) Arizola, New London. Eleven grandchildren: Valerie (Ryan) Hall, Tiffany (Casey) Niederwerfer, Jason and Christopher Hoel, Ericka (Ryan) Krumrie, Leon (Stephanie); Maxwell Radley, Courtney Grossman (Fiance, Jeremy Powell); Benjamin (Amanda) and Michael (Danielle) Grossman and Samuel Schubert. Eight great-grandchildren, whom Mom would have delighted in knowing and watching grow, she adored children, especially babies: Ayden, Cole and Aubrie Hall, Connor Grossman-Powell, Evan and Emery Niederwerfer, Mackenzie Managan and Leahann Grossman and also a baby girl and boy due very soon. She is further survived by sisters, Mary Wilke, Betty Welton and Jeanie (Hugh) Butler; a brother, Vernon Greshamer. Sister and brother in-laws: Goldie Greshamer, Marcia Hurst, Duane (Dixie) Radley, Lloyd (Maryon) Radley, Barbara (Ronald) Vaughan, Beverly (Louis) Pionke, and Susan (Dale) Scheller. Also, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gilbert (1-12-2008); an infant daughter, Nancy Carol; grandson, Anthony J. Radley (12/21/2007); three brothers, David, Charles and Leon Greshamer, and her mother and father in-law, Emma and Crawford Radley. The family would like to acknowledge mom’s special caregivers, her sister, Betty with primary relief and loving assist, her daughter Joan, and the last two plus years Laurie and Frank Arizola, who so graciously opened their home and hearts to mom while she was in and near end stage ALZ, and Elly Lindner, who came in as a relief when needed-Bless you all-in deep appreciation to everyone who cared for and loved mom.
Funeral services for Carol will be held today, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Sugar Bush With Rev. Preston Heuer officiating. Burial will be in the Ruckdashel Cemetery, Sugar Bush. Visitation was held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Cline & Hanson Funeral home and at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. A special thank-you to the staff at Cherry Meadows for their compassion and care of mom. Rest in peace dear Mom…you never know what you’ve got…until it’s gone…. With broken hearts, we sadly and profoundly realize our loss…be kind and love one another. Although our names long forgot our faces somewhat familiar, a hug and a kiss we say “I love you, Momma” and with a sweet reply “I love you too, Dear!” Loves me, loves me not-you told me once-but I forgot…..