Combined Locks – Carol Janet Van Thull (Wurdinger), surrounded by her loved ones, passed away peacefully in prayer on Friday, December 9th. Born May 11, 1935, to Everett and Nellie (Stienen) Wurdinger, Carol grew up in Kimberly and graduated from Kimberly High School in 1953. She met her future husband, Robert, in 1955 and they were married May 9, 1956, and were in love 52 years before Bob passed away in 2008. Together they had nine children: Tony; Bill and his son Scott (Beth Heinz) Van Thull; Linda (Mark) Cigainero and their daughter Alyssa (Marvin) Flores and great-granddaughter Savanah Flores; Jeanne (Bradley) Vanden Boogaard and their children Andy (Abby) Van Thull and great-grandchildren Aubree Hanson, Evelynn and Louzella Van Thull, Samantha (Elvis) Rosario and great-grandchildren Isabella and Olivia Rosario, and Katelyn (Clinton) Heckner and great-grandchild Arlo Heckner, Matt and great-grandchild Myles Vanden Boogaard, and Brett Vanden Boogaard; Joe (Luann) Van Thull and their children Cody (Allie) Van Thull and great-grandchildren Aiden and Emma Van Thull, Kayla (John) Deuchert and great-grandchildren Taelynn Krisher and Kambree Deuchert; Steve Van Thull and his son Coleton Van Thull, daughters Jasmin Davis, Elizabeth Gumieny and Ashley Schubert and their children; Don Van Thull and his children Tyler Sass (Melissa) and great-grandchildren Caleb and Aubrey Sass, Ashley Polzer (Mike) and great-grandchild Ethan and Ellie Polzer, Skyelar Johnson (Trent) and great-grandchildren Niko Delacruz, Teddy Graham and Finn Graham, Raven Meshke, Shae Faust, Hannah Thompsen and Micah Van Thull; her FAVORITE child Mike Van Thull. Special family members Dennis (Trish) Van Dinter; Rick (Sherneatha) Van Dinter and Jill (Roger) Jeske; Lola and Larry Dorn; Kelly (Dave) Janssen and their children.
Bob and Carol took over Van Thull’s Bakery from Bob’s parents in 1960 and ran it until 1990. After Van Thull’s Bakery closed, Carol worked for our beloved Manderfield’s Bakery family until she retired in 2009. She loved carrying on the Sunday breakfast tradition Bob started in 1990. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. In fact, in the most recent years spending time with her great-grandchildren was her most important and favorite activity.
She is further survived by her brothers Ralph (Caroline); Everett (Buddy) (Maria); Pat (Kathy). And many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; Everett and Nellie Wurdinger; husband Robert, son Tony; infant daughter Mary; sisters Sharon Van Dinter and Marian Vandenberg sister-in-laws Catherine Schaefer, Anna Van Gompel, Christine Niesen, Becky Van Lanen, Sister Virgine Van Thull, O.S.F. and Sister Therese Van Thull, O.P. brother in-laws Dennis Van Dinter, Clarence Niesen, Eugene Vandenberg, Arnold Van Thull, Charles Van Thull, Joseph Van Thull, Thomas Van Thull and Fran Van Lanen. Nephews Mark Vandenberg and Kris Van Dinter. Grandson, Joshua Allan. Dear loved ones, Lisa Larson and Zachary Schubert. The Van Thull family would like to thank Compassus Hospice Care for their loving support these past several years. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Jessica Peterson and Dr. Bryan Avery of Ascension for their many years of care and compassion.
We will celebrate Carol’s life on December 17th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kimberly, WI. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. “Where I have gone I am not so small. My soul is as wide as the world is tall. I have gone to answer the call, the call of the One who takes care of us all. Wherever you look, you will find me there; In the heart of a rose, In the heart of a prayer. On butterfly wings, on wings of my own, To you, I’m gone, But I’m never alone, I am home.” Grief The Unspoken. For more information and to express condolences, please visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com.