Carol Peters (Kica), age 87, passed away on February 18, 2022. Carol was born to Max and Genevieve Kica (Auer) on June 9, 1934 in Neenah, WI. She graduated from St. Mary’s high school, Menasha, in 1952 and soon after moved to Appleton and was employed at the Appleton Wire Works. It was there that she met her future husband of 44 years, James Peters. Carol and Jim were married on June 25, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Menasha, WI. Jim passed away on June 22, 1999.
Jim and Carol raised their family of eight children in Appleton. In addition to all the busyness of raising eight children, Carol also enjoyed her Thursday morning women’s bowling league, Saturday night couples bowling with Jim, her bridge club and many years of volunteering at Sacred Heart Church and Grade School. Carol also enjoyed many family trips ‘up north’ to Lost Lake and Star Lake. In later years, Carol, Jim and David enjoyed trips throughout the United States and volunteering together at the St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha. Mom loved working puzzles, reading books and watching the birds in her yard. She also rarely missed a Brewers, Badger football or Packers game.
Carol is survived by her daughters and sons, Jean (Earl) Vande Hey of Kaukauna, WI, Jan (Dave) Vanden Heuvel of Greenville, WI, Judy (Steve) Rusch of West Bend, WI, Sandy (Jack) Mason of Hobart, WI, Jim Peters of Lomira, WI, Gary Peters of Appleton, WI, Beth (Jim) Burns of Hortonville, WI, and David Peters of Appleton, WI. Carol is also survived by grandchildren Jennifer (Josh) Westenberger, Greg Vande Hey, Neal Vanden Heuvel (Special friend Amy Hertwig), Kelly (Jeff) Buechel, Sarah (Craig) Burt, Tim (Laura) Bartelt, Craig (Lucia) Rusch, Lori (Mike) Wanninger, Alex Peters (Special friend Jimmy Miller), Austin (Rachel) Peters, Rylee Peters, Kathleen Burns and Thomas Burns. Additionally surviving Carol are her great grandchildren, Olivia, Max, Kaitlyn, Hailey, Amelia, Harrison, Brianna, Jonathan, Natalie, Valerie, Anthony, Charlotte, Alice, Henry, Addalyn and Jupiter. Also surviving are her brother in law, Fred (NorRita) Corsmeier, sister in law Kay Peters and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Jim, Carol was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers in law, Lorraine (Werner) Fahl, Lois (Al) Jakubek, Jeannette (Donald) Jaskolski, and Rosemary (Bill) Gosz. Also predeceasing Carol were her in laws Jerry (Marion) Kavaney, Patricia (Larry) VanRooy, Mary Corsmeier and John Peters.
The visitation for Carol will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 222 E. Fremont St., Appleton, WI on Thursday, February 24, 2022 beginning at 1pm with a funeral mass to follow at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you either donate to the American Cancer Society or to St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, WI.
The family would like to thank the staff at Appleton Retirement Community for the care and attention they have shown Carol and David over the past several months. They would also like to extend appreciation to the nurses, doctors and other medical staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Paul Elder Services for taking care of mom over the past couple of weeks and days.
Due to the serious health condition of an immediate family member, the family asks that all who share in the celebration of Carol’s life please wear a mask.