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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

It is with great sadness that the family of Caryl Lehman announces her unexpected passing. Though we are truly joyful that she is with her husband of 63 years, sister, and parents in heaven. What an awesome reunion! She passed peacefully on Saturday, May 5th at the age of 87, surrounded by her family.

We were so blessed to have had her in our lives. She was an amazing woman who taught us so much. She was a straightforward lady who had a kind heart, was full of spunk and determination and always knew how to make us laugh. We are so grateful for the time we got to spend with her and for all of the memories that were made right up until the last moment. She will always have a special place in our hearts. We know this is not goodbye but we’ll be seeing you later again one day in heaven.

Caryl’s numerous activities included volunteering for her church, The Schofield Fish and Game Club, The Lionesses and the VFW. She enjoyed creating beautiful needle work and cross-stitch pieces, yoga, bowling, singing in the church choir, and baking amazing Christmas goodies for friends and family, and helping to raise her grandchildren.

She will be forever remembered by her children, Scott Lehman, Lori Zilisch, Lisa Kalmon, and Luanne Lehman; her grandchildren Dan, Mike, Jeremy, Mathew, Steven, Elizabeth, Marlaine, and Garritt; great-grandchildren Chandler, Natalie, Emma, Hunter, Houston and Hayden; and brother, Robert Zastrow.

A memorial service will be held Friday May 11, 2018 at 12 noon at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6312 Old Costa Lane, Weston. Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Pastor Andrew Franzo will officiate.

The family would also like to send a very special thank you to Rochelle Zilisch, Jeremy’s wife, she was her advocate and angel.

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  1. Laurie Guenther-Knoedler

    05/08/2018 at 10:38 am

    Oh, where do I start—my heart is in a world-wind of emotions for the Lehman family. Such a wonderful family! I have known them since I was in second grade. Such great memories of growing up as neighbors. I can remember playing countless hours of Barbie’s with Lori! Our families went camping together (as a kid, it seem like every weekend) and what wonderful memories I have from those days. When I think of Caryl (Mrs. Lehman) — what comes to mind is she was always SMILING–always seemed so happy–there was always some laughter coming from her! My memories of her was that she was a really GREAT mom & homemaker. She always had homemade baked goodies that the neighbor kids always appreciated! She was such a good cook. I know my mom & Caryl were the best of friends through their lives. Big card players, crafting, sewing & quilting buddies. I know in my heart that on May 5th, Caryl’s new heavenly birthday, my mom was also there to welcome Caryl home. I wish I could be there physically to console you all, but please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. There is much love here for your whole family.
    God bless & protect you all,
    Laurie Guenther-Knoedler

  2. Sally Christoffersen

    05/08/2018 at 10:38 am

    To the Family of Caryl Lehman,
    I have known Caryl a long time. Have enjoyed talking with her when she was out walking the halls here at Birchwood Highlands. She was a faithful member of our social group helping with many social events, especially Taco Tuesday, yoga group as well as bingo players. She was always upbeat, happy, despite her many medical issues. She will be greatly missed here at Birchwood Highlands. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

    Sally Christoffersen, Birchwood Highlands resident.
    (sister-in-law to Caryl’s cousin, David Gisselman)

  3. Barb Flanders

    05/08/2018 at 10:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Lori and your family. So sorry for your loss. MUCH LOVE