Carole C. Lorenz, 87, went peacefully to her forever home on the
evening of January 13, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with
kidney disease and heart failure.
Carole was born the youngest of three girls on December 18th, 1930
to Melvin and Zora (Ecklor) Bellows in Stanley, WI. She grew up on the
home farm where she worked next to her family.
She attended Stanley schools and graduated from Stanley High in
1949. She and her husband, Joseph, were married at Edson Catholic
Parish on November 25, 1950 during a horrible snowstorm. Carole
worked at Shedd Brown in Eau Claire when they were first married until
they bought their farm in 1959. She enjoyed farm life, gardening and
raising their family on the farm until they purchased Rainbow Gardens
Tavern in 1973 where she enjoyed having smelt feeds, sheepshead
card tournaments, starting the Sno-Gliders Snowmobile club, and
putting on weddings in the dance hall. They sold the tavern in 1984
and moved to Wyoming where she became “Grandma” to every child
that attended Kangaroo Pouch Daycare. They moved back to Boyd in
1988 to care for her ailing mother-in-law. In 1997, they decided to
start a new adventure by moving to Loveland, CO and working with
their son at Crystal Landscape. From 1997 until 2010 they spent their
summers in Colorado working at the landscaping business and their
winters in Wisconsin spending long periods of time with all of their
children and grandchildren every year. Upon retirement in 2010, they
returned to Boyd, WI.
Carole was a member of All Saints Parish/St. Joseph Parish in Boyd,
St. Catherine’s circle and was treasurer for Catholic Order of Foresters
for 35 years
Throughout her life, Carole enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, playing
cards, bowling and especially spending time with her children,
grandchildren, extended family and friends. She had a special bond
with each of her grandchildren because she shared special moments
with each and every one of them.
Carole will be greatly missed by her children, Barry (Barb) Lorenz of
Rock Springs, Wyoming, Kris (Bob) Berchem of Cadott, Wisconsin,
Joseph Lorenz, Jr. of Loveland, Colorado, Becky Lorenz of Boyd,
Wisconsin, Peggy Herrick of Wellington, Colorado, Mel Lorenz of
Thorp, Wisconsin, Scott (Janet) Lorenz of Cadott, Wisconsin, Joy
(Darrick) Thompson of Boyd, Wisconsin and Tanya Lorenz of Casper,
Wyoming; 26 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; three sister-in-
laws, Lucille “Toots” Dzienkowski, Audrey (Bud) Polhamus and Margie
Lorenz and one brother-in-law, Ben Lorenz; along with many more
relatives and friends.
Carole was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her son,
David; parents; sisters, Thelma (Lawrence) Hagedorn and Phyllis
Bellows; mother and father-in-law, Ben and Izola Lorenz; brother-in-
laws, Ed Lorenz, Jim Lorenz and Clarence Lorenz; sister-in-laws, Mary
Kille and Virginia (Jim) Mlsna.
A Catholic funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January
18 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church-Boyd with Father William Felix
officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery-Stanley.
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Wednesday at the Plombon Funeral
Home with a 7 PM rosary and Thursday morning at the funeral home
from 9 AM until departure to the Church.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at DaVita Dialysis
in Hallie for the attentive care and love they had for Carole, along with
Sacred Heart Hospital and all their staff that took such great care of