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Carol Loften
Carol (Wolfgram) Loften, 77, passed away on March 2, 2018, at Pride TLC Assisted Living in Weston, Wisconsin after her fourth and final battle with cancer.

Carol was born in Wausau, WI on January 30, 1941, middle child of the late Hilbert and Mary Ann (Glischinski) Wolfgram. She was raised in Wausau and graduated from Newman Catholic High School in 1958. She lived in the Milwaukee area both early in her adult years, where she met her husband, and again from the early 1980’s until mid-1995, when she moved back to the Wausau area for good.

Carol enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, and taking walks. Most of all she loved spending time working in her garden and often shared gardening tips and tricks with her son-in-law. She was dedicated to her church, Immanuel Baptist, and spent countless hours with her church family, donating her time and sharing her faith. Carol also enjoyed traveling when she could. She loved sharing memories of her family trip through the southwest with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson as well as her last trip to sit on the beach and listen to the ocean. Carol loved her cat, Bonkers, despite his peculiar temperament. However, one of her greatest joys in life was her grandson, Daniel. Their cribbage games were legendary and there was always a shriek of joy when she finally won a game. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Carol is survived by her daughter Ericka (Ken) Pardun; her grandson, Daniel (Meredith Buskirk) Loften; her brother, Jim (Carollyn Obremski) Wolfgram, her sister, Barb (Ed) Brooks and her many nieces and nephews, who she adored.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her ex-husband, Daniel Lee Loften, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 5100 Hummingbird Rd, Wausau. The Rev. Rob Love will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Pine Grove cemetery at a later date.

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  1. Bjackson

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    My condolences to the Loften,Pardun,Brooks Families of the loss of Carol.
    When God bring the reality of his promise resurrection of John 5:28,29.He will replace tears of pain into tears of joy.

  2. Charlotte

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Ericka & family, I’m so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with her while at Pride.

  3. Arvind Handu

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. From hearing you guys talk about her, one could not help but notice the love, admiration and respect that Ken and you had for her. She must’ve been a great Mom.

    And seeing you must surely have made her proud. She’ll now be watching over you forever.

    I’ll be thinking about you in the coming days and saying a prayer for all of you.

  4. Melissa Baker

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She was such a phenomenal lady and it was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to get to know her over the past few years. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her loved ones.

  5. Richard Klos

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    I was shocked to hear of Carols passing. I worked with her at PTI for almost 14 years and she was always caring and the best of friends. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Deanne Hayes Madison

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm


    So sorry for the loss of your mom. She as a great lady. Always liked her and many fond memories. Let me know if you need anything.

  7. Kaci Smith-LDA Arkansas

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Ericka- Please accept our heartfelt condolences with the passing of your mom. I know words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now, but we are here for you and praying for strength and peace. May God bless you and hold you in his everlasting arms.

  8. Joseph Richter

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Dear Barbara and Jim,

    So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She must be rejoicing with Jesus now. Sad, that we can’t be at the funeral, but our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.

    We send our love in Jesus,
    Joe and Pat Richter

  9. Roger Stoltz

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Sending our deepest sympathies to the family, and Barbara. We were classmates of Carol’s.
    Praying for you all.
    Roger Stoltz and Dave Andrews

  10. Kevin Towle

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Carol was a woman of remarkable grace. Always kind.
    I will never forget how she helped me get through my own time dealing with cancer.
    My condolences to all her family.

  11. Daniel Evans

    03/02/2018 at 12:24 pm

    I see the testament here of a life well-lived, and in Carol’s daughter, I have seen clear evidence of that story reflected back at me for over 20 years.

    Ericka is cut from this remarkable cloth, and even as you all grieve the loss of your mom, know that she clearly “lives on” in you and in Daniel and in the strong family that remains.

    My condolences to you–Ricky…and Ken, Daniel and the entire family during this trying time.

    I’ll play cribbage with you guys anytime.