Surrounded by her husband and family, Carol M. Watson joined the Heavenly choir of angels on Monday, April 11, 2022 after a valiant and courageous battle with glioblastoma. Carol was the fourth of eight children born to Carl and Eileen (Andresen) Baumann of Appleton on January 11, 1955. She enjoyed a childhood playing and working on the family farm on Ballard Rd. with her siblings and nearby cousins. Carol was united in marriage with Kerry Watson on October 11, 1991 and they made their home in Neenah. Carol retired from School Specialty in 2017 after 32 years.
Carol was a hard-working, gifted homemaker and a natural organizer. She was a compassionate caregiver for both of her parents in their final years and for others in need in the community. She and Kerry enjoyed a lifetime of traveling, camping, motorcycle rides, and spending time with family and friends.
Music was always a part of Carol’s life. She played piano and guitar and had a beautiful voice. A woman of deep and abiding faith, Carol used her musical gifts to praise her Lord and Savior as a member of St. Thomas More church in Appleton, including 13 years as director of The Believers folk group. Her faith carried her through her battle with brain cancer. Carol was preceded in death by her sister Mary Baumann, her parents Carl and Eileen Baumann, and her in-laws Claire Watson and Lovina Ray.
Mourning her loss are husband Kerry Watson; siblings Sr. Ann Carla Baumann, Mike (Shirley) Baumann, John (Lani) Baumann, Pete (Toni) Baumann, Janet (Steven) Gallo, Maribeth (George) Nicolaus; stepchildren Wendy (Leroy) Brunette, Michelle (Andy) Laurent, Nicholas (Betsy) Watson; 11 step-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; best friend Kathy Stanek; and many relatives and friends.
Carol’s family would like to thank the incredible team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and advocates who helped her get the most out of her last few years of life. Special thanks to Ashley and Jeanne from the ThedaCare Hospice team who cared for Carol in her final months and for the assistance from Home Instead home health care. Thank you to neighbor Donna for providing comfort and Holy Communion, and to friends and neighbors who provided delicious meals.
Visitation will be on April 21st from 4:00 to 6:30 pm, followed by a prayer service, at Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior St., Appleton.
Visitation will also take place at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1810 N. McDonald St., Appleton, on Friday, April 22 from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Carol’s funeral service will begin at 11:00 am. A luncheon will be served following the funeral service.
Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.
A memorial fund is being established. Kindly make checks out to Maribeth Nicolaus.
Carol's service will be livestreamed, and can be viewed at her obituary page on Wichmannfuneralhomes.com