In Memory

Carol Elizabeth Haese (Arenz) - Class Of 1949

Carol Arenz, of Dousman, formerly a resident of Oconomowoc, Okauchee Lake and Brookfield, passed away peacefully on April 1st. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister and aunt. 

She was preceded in death by Gean, her husband of 59 years, and parents Paul and Elizabeth (Betty) Haese. 

She is survived by her children Keith (Kathy) Arenz of Novi, MI, Kathy (Jack) Kiefert of Cumming, GA, Karen (Brian) Derge of Ixonia, WI, Kurt (Julie) Arenz of Verona, WI and Kraig (Karen) Arenz of Summit, WI. Also grandchildren Jeff (Kelly) Arenz, Jon (Katie) Arenz, Paul (Michele) Kiefert, Mark (Jamie Traynor) Kiefert, Jennifer (Patrick) Lenz, Michelle (Roger) Marcin, Greg Arenz, Kraig (Sheenah) Arenz II, Kodie (Miranda) Arenz, Tom (Vedra) Strohmayer, and David (Lisa) Strohmayer. Carol’s great-grandchildren include Jacob, Joshua, Grace, Lucy, Jonah, Adelaide, James, Jackson, Avery, Jenna, Brandon, Mackenzie, Ada, Emmet, Sullivan (Sully), Callahan (Cal), Devon, Dillon, Davion, Jaelyn, Kraig III, Alexander, Dominick, Damien (Brett), Dylan, Danielle and was expecting another great-grandson next month. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved the original stories she would tell, card games, swimming at Okauchee Lake, homemade sugar cookies, box making, domino necklaces, and sing alongs. 

Carol is further survived by her sister, Dorothy Schwantes of Lexington, KY and nieces Laura Thomas of Lexington, KY, Linda McDaniel of Lexington, KY and Louise Schwantes of Florence, KY. 

Carol owned and operated Arenz Pattern Company until retirement. She was a member of Lord of Life Church in Oconomowoc. Carol was also a member of Schoolhouse Players theatrical group and loved performing for young children. As a resident of Three Pillars, Village on the Square, she belonged to the Singing Ambassadors and was active in many groups and committees. 

As a young child, Carol started singing and never stopped. She belonged to a barbershop quartet at Washington High School. “The Four Sharps” performed at venues across Milwaukee. For a time, Carol also sang with the Oconomowoc Community Choir. Music spoke to her and she passed this love on to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren…a true gift indeed. 

Carol’s passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of all that met her. She was a kind and loving soul whose memory will live on forever.  

Carol’s final rest will be at Summit Cemetery. A celebration of her life will take place at a future date. 

Memorials in Carol's honor may be made to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc or Three Pillars in Dousman.