Elaine M. Karrels, 81, of S. Garfield Avenue, Port Washington, passed on to eternal life surrounded by her loving family, April 23, 2015 at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg.
She was born in Holy Cross, Town of Belgium, Wisconsin on July 22, 1933 to Jacob and Margaret (nee Lesch) Watry. She married Ervin Karrels of Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 1955 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington and was active in the Christian Mothers in her earlier years. When her children were younger she was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic School and Child Care. When her children grew up, she continued working at the school.
Elaine was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She devoted her life to her family and treasured spending time with them. A bit of a “card shark”, she liked a good game of sheepshead, doing puzzles with her grandchildren, quilting, baking, family travels, camping, and following the Chicago Cubs and the Green Bay Packers.
She is survived by her husband Ervin, children Mark (Cindy) Karrels of New Berlin, Margaret (Randy) Pieper of Casa Grande, Arizona, Joan (Robert) Preisler of Port Washington, Rose (Jeff) Ihde of Venice, Florida, Ed (Debby) Karrels of Port Washington, Doris (Dennis) Dommer of Fredonia, Ruth (Bryan) Wichmann of Port Washington and Kathy (Jason) Sepanic of Frederick, Maryland. Further survived by 22 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, sisters Dolores Tock and Rosie Pozy both of Kewaskum, Mildred (John) Lanser of Bakersfield, California, Monica (Jim) Schulz of West Bend, Catherine Kearn of Waukesha, Ginny (Dick) Junge of Silver Creek and Sue (Tim) Neuman of Circle Pines, Minnesota, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters Agnes Egerer, Janet Hogan and Janice Phillips, brothers Gene, Richard, Robert, Wally and Ralph Watry.
The Reverend Thomas Lijewski will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 430 N. Johnson Street, Port Washington. Interment at the Parish Cemetery. Visitation from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday AT THE CHURCH with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or to the family for sharing with special local charities.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lasata Care Center and Heartland Hospice for the tender loving care they provided for Elaine.