Beloved matriarch Carolye Carpenter was born June 5, 1917 in Crandon, Wisconsin. She was the 7th of eight children born to Charles and Drucilla Duff. She is predeceased by her brothers and sisters with whom she was very close. Shortly after becoming co-valedictorian of her high school class and attending one year of teachers college, she married Stuart Carpenter in 1937 and had three children: Joanna Sue, Sally Jean, and Stuart Kirby Jr.
She and Stuart raised their family in Wisconsin where Stuart managed grocery stores. Carolye was a devoted mother and a skilled seamstress who created beautiful, intricate items for friends and family.
Her daughter Joanna died tragically in 1961, and is survived by Carolye’s granddaughters Kathy (Fiore) Miller and Susan (Fiore) Wasko. Carolye cared for Susan and Kathy for nearly two years after the loss. Joanna’s husband John Fiore was remarried to Harriett (Fenimore) Fiore, and she and Carolye became close. Harriett and John had two sons, Chris and John.
Stuart Kirby Jr. married Margie (Riemer) Carpenter. Sally married Richard “Dick” Skibba and had three children: Mike Skibba, Chris Skibba, and Michelle (Skibba) Davalos.
Carolye is also survived by her twelve great grandchildren: Moriah (Miller) D’Amico, Kyle Miller, Jaclyn (Skibba) Guillory, Ryan Skibba, Ashley Skibba, Lauren Skibba, Jacob Skibba, Allison Davalos, Kate Davalos, Tyler Davalos, Sarah Wasko, and Joe Wasko; and four great great grandchildren: Jackson Guillory, Peyton Guillory, Cameron Guillory, and Max D’Amico.
Before retiring to Deland, Florida, Carolye and Stuart bought a 30-foot RV and traveled to many of the National Parks. They spent summers at St. Norbert College where her dear Green Bay Packers practiced in the off season. They moved in with their daughter Sally in Roswell, Georgia in 2000. Many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren lived close by and were thrilled to be able to visit with her and spend all of the holidays together. Carolye became synonymous with m&ms, the Packers, and red sweaters.
When it was time for Stuart to go to a nursing home, Carolye insisted on visiting him every day. She became a beloved fixture at Manor Care, as she did in all spaces she occupied. When Stuart passed away in 2007, Carolye was by his side. They had been married just shy of 70 years.
Carloye went to live at Manor Care herself in 2016. In the last few years Carolye could be found spending time with her many visitors; playing (and winning) Canasta, Banana Grams, and bingo; reading the paper; reciting all the states and capitals; singing with her roommate; and attending church services.
During her last weeks, there was a constant flow of visitors. She loved fiercely and unconditionally. All who knew her will deeply miss her enduring wit and warmth.