Caroline Follensbee, 85, of Watertown (formerly of Jefferson), died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at Park Terrace, Marquardt Village of Watertown.
Caroline was born on May 4, 1933, in Milwaukee, to Edwin and Edna (Samp) Rechlin, and at the age of 13 became the daughter of loving parents Walter and Josephine Schumacher of Watertown. She was a 1951 graduate of Watertown High School and on Aug. 15, 1953, she married James G. Follensbee. The couple lived in Jefferson most of their married life where Jim taught and coached, and Caroline worked as the church secretary at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Caroline was a golfer, avid shopper and a competitive card player. She was a dedicated, active and longtime member of St. Mark’s. Caroline was generous with her time and talents and made herself available when she was needed. She was a caring lady who had a wonderful sense of humor and loved her family dearly.
Caroline is survived by her husband of 65 years, James Follensbee of Watertown; children Ronald (Brenda) of Lake Geneva, Robert (Ruth) of Oakdale, Minnesota, Susan (Richard) Storey of San Tan Valley, Arizona, and Mary (Steven) Schalig of Oconomowoc; grandchildren Nathan and Victoria Follensbee, Brady and Madeline Schalig. Caroline is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Dorothy, Ruth, Shirley, Bill, Ray and Marion; and grandson Eric Follensbee (2018).
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff of Marquardt Village for the loving care provided.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Rod Resheske presiding. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial at Union Cemetery of Jefferson will follow the service.
Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, visit www.olsen-gibson.com.
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