NLJ Staff


Sept. 29, 1931–April 25, 2020

Carol P. Stietz, age 88 of Gratiot, Wisc., passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020,
at her daughter’s home in DeForest, Wisc.

She was born Sept. 29, 1931, at the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Monroe, Wisc. She was the daughter of Carl and Margaret (Zentner) Roethlisberger. Carol graduated and was salutatorian from Gratiot Union High School in 1949. After graduation, Carol worked at the Fair Store in Darlington, babysat for a family in Monroe, Wisc., and then was the bookkeeper at the Gratiot FS Feed Mill and that is where she met Edward Stietz. Their first date was New Year’s Eve in 1951. They were united in marriage on Jan. 31, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gratiot. Carol and Edward farmed their entire lives in rural Gratiot until retiring in to the village of Gratiot in 2001.

Surviving are her children: Wayne (Sherry) and Mark (Cristi) Stietz of Argyle, Wisc., Dale Stietz of Buckhorn, Wyo., LuAnn (Dean) Monson and Dennis (Gina Berget) Stietz of Gratiot, David (Julie) Stietz of Baraboo, Wisc., Marilyn (Gene) Reardon of DeForest, Mike Stietz of Darlington, Wisc., Elaine (Jason) Vogel of Mineral Point, Wisc., and one daughter-in-law, Kara Stietz of Gratiot.

She was blessed with 33 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and
two great-great-grandchildren. As the matriarch of the family, she is further survived by three sisters: Nancy (Roger) Redington of Galena, Ill., Linda (Dennis Hennessey) Roethlisberger of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Ronda (Ted) Chitwood of Dodgeville, Wisc. 

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Edward in 2002; one son, Sam Stietz in 2015; one sister, Alice Mae Olson; and one brother, Ronald Roethlisberger.

Carol helped on the farm all her life. Raising 10 children she knew how to garden, can, cook, and sew among all the other daily duties of raising a large family. She
did the farm bookkeeping,
was secretary for St. Joseph Catholic Church for many years and was active in the church’s Altar Society, and was a member of Pecatonica Homemakers where she held the position of secretary/

She taught herself how to crochet and made many, many afghans, quilts, and Christmas stockings that she gave to her family. Carol also liked to embroider. She kept up on the family genealogy and liked to write letters with her beautiful handwriting. Carol enjoyed playing Bingo, 500 Rummy, Scrabble, and always enjoyed doing puzzles and craft projects. She loved to cook and bake, and her
family always looked forward to her “gooey” rice krispy bars at family gatherings. One of her favorite sayings was “life is short, eat dessert first” (and many times she did!). Carol was proud of her family and loved spending time with them always offering a lending hand. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family service was held on April 29 at
Erickson Funeral Home, with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert officiating. Burial is in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Gratiot. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Gratiot Community Park.


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