Carol Thurk, 88, Waupun

November 7, 2018

Carol Ruth Thurk, 88, Waupun, was called to her eternal home by her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 4, 2018, to join her beloved husband and two beloved daughters.

Carol was born April 9, 1930, in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Hilbert and Julia Ruth Schwandt Frankenstein. Carol attended Jackson School for five years, St. Stephen’s Lutheran School for three years, and Beaver Dam High School for two years. On April 28, 1948, she married Alfred Thurk of Waupun and the couple farmed in the Waupun area until 1987. Carol was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. After her husband died in 2013, after 64¾ years of marriage, she volunteered for many years at Bargains Galore Thrift Store. She loved her gardens, flowers and always kept her lawn looking nice. She enjoyed puzzles and reading in her spare time. Carol and Alf enjoyed traveling the country, especially celebrating their anniversary in Branson, Missouri. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Carol is survived by a son, Richard (Sherry) Thurk of Waupun; two sons-in-law, Dennis Rechek of Waupun and Robert (Debbie) Bruni of Fond du Lac; 11 grandchildren, Paul and Dan Bruni of Fond du Lac, Tom (Laura) Rechek of Fox Lake, Tiffany (Ryan) Klavekoske of Beaver Dam, Tim (Elaine) Rechek of Brandon, Carrie Ordonez of Waupun, Christopher (Elizabeth) Thurk of Fox Lake, Jeremy (Kristi) Thurk of Waupun, and Joshua (Crystal) Thurk of Waupun; Jason Kempfer of Waupun, and Kim (Ben) Casey of Waupun; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Albert (Phyllis) Frankenstein of Mukwonago; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Barbara Frankenstein of Beaver Dam; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; two daughters, Barbara Bruni and Sharon Rechek; a sister, Alice (Frank) Engebretson; two brothers, Robert and Herbert; a stepbrother, Alvin Steffen; and nephew, Doug VanBuren.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waupun with the Rev. David Cooper officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family Thursday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton. A luncheon will follow at the church.

The family was touched by the following letter:

“It is with heavy hearts that we share that our dear friend and volunteer, Carol Thurk, passed away early this morning. She was 88 years old — she will be greatly missed.

For those of you who may not have had the privilege of knowing Carol, she volunteered diligently at Bargains, serving around 20 hours weekly, always with a smile! She began having various health concerns just a few weeks ago. She faithfully hung clothing, cleaned decor, sorted messy hangers, primped Christmas wreaths, garland and trees to name a few of her efforts. Carol was a hard worker, great with details, had a superb memory and was an inspiration to many.

Carol was introduced to the Bargains family by Georgene Mulder about 5½ years ago after Carol’s husband had passed away. Carol has shared that she was a bit apprehensive to help out here at first as she had not previously had any affiliation with CWC. However, over the years, Carol had shared many, many times how welcomed she felt here, how nice everyone was and how she wouldn’t know what she would have done without it.

We give thanks to God for blessing us with Carol!

Sincerely, Bargains Galore”

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun is serving the family. Visit wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for more information and to send condolences.

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