Carol Anne Chaput, age 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, their spouses and her grandchildren on March 4, 2017.
Carol was born on November 14, 1926 to Mae Jane Bethe (nee Mileski) and Arthur William Bethe of Milwaukee, WI. Carol graduated from Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, WI, in 1944. She married her best friend’s brother, Edward Joseph Chaput, in 1948. Together they raised thirteen children in the Lake Keesus area near Hartland, WI.
Carol was a devout Catholic, a devoted wife, and a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A tremendously creative person, she excelled at knitting, crocheting, sewing and baking. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, camping, traveling, and was a phenomenal Scrabble player. Carol was a generous and kind-hearted person who will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her two sisters, Nancy Vergenz of Greenville, TX and Mary Ellen Schmidt of Shorewood, WI. Carol is further survived by her children Madelynn (Conrado) Arana, St. Louis, MO; Mary Beth (Ricardo) Gandolfo, Madison, WI; Vernon Chaput, Hartland, WI; James (Gail) Chaput, St. James, MO, Michele (Trevor) Strang, Eaton, Western Australia; Monica (Steven Johnson) Chaput, Eagle, WI; Peter (Melanie) Chaput, St. Anthony, MN; Jane (Ric) Schneider, Hartland, WI; Joseph (Jodi) Chaput, Rubicon, WI; and Paul Chaput, Ashippun, WI, as well as fifteen grand children, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by sons Richard (Mardianne) Chaput, John J. Chaput and Scott (Donna) Chaput, her husband Edward Chaput, as well as her parents and brothers Richard, Lawrence and Thomas Bethe.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Lake Country Health and Rehab Center in Oconomowoc, WI, for their excellent care during Carol’s final years. A special shout out goes to the nursing staff on the 400 unit.
Funeral services for Carol will be held at St.Teresa of Calcutta Church in Monches, WI (Driving Directions: W302 N9583 O’Neil Rd Hartland, WI) on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 PM, followed by a Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.