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Carol M (Moldenhauer) Radloff
July 28, 1926 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Carol Mae (Moldenhauer Baines) Radloff was born on the family farm in Saxeville, WI, on July 28, 1926, to Walter and Lillian (Streicher) Moldenhauer. The youngest of six siblings, Carol followed Doris (Dohms), Donald, Edward, Gladys (Marks), and Glen. Her high school years were filled with softball, basketball, clarinet, and a coveted spot on the Homecoming Court of Honor. In 1944, after graduating from Wild Rose High School, Carol, accompanied by her dear friend Betty (Christensen) Markowski, ventured to Berlin, WI, finding employment at the Whiting Hotel.
In 1945, Carol once again packed up her "hope chest" and embarked on a new chapter, joined by her adventurous friend Roseada (Smith Wilcox) Thornton on a journey to Chicago that eventually landed them in Cedar Rapids, IA, working at a Greek restaurant. Carol's city-girl lifestyle didn’t last long; she soon met and fell hard for George Washington Baines Jr. of Iowa City, IA, recently returned from WWII. The two were married that Easter Sunday after George visited her Wisconsin home.
The rest of that decade, the couple made Wisconsin their home, settling first in Berlin, WI, where Carol served as a bookkeeper at Kroger grocery store, later Lake Mills, WI, and eventually, Beloit, WI. The 1950s saw Carol and George cruising off to Hollywood, CA in their convertible MG, frequenting Las Vegas and visiting Mexico. In 1961, their family expanded with the arrival of Gary, followed by Chara the next year. The 1970s ushered in a new chapter as the family moved to Seattle, WA. Carol’s beloved George passed away in the fall of 1986. Carol returned to work as a sample lady at Price Savers and, by 1992, reveled in the joy of three grandchildren: Donita, ChaNelle, and Quentin.
In 1997, a Wild Rose High School class reunion reacquainted Carol with Rodney Radloff, and the two later wed. Rediscovering her roots, Carol and Rodney explored the Midwest, engaging with friends and organizations. A proud member of the Christian Women's group, Wild Rose Red Hats Society, and the Wild Rose Historical Society, Carol also lent her voice to the church choir. Her pursuits ranged from reading and card games to gardening and savoring daily coffee and donuts with Rodney.
On the warm and sunny morning of November 16th, at the age of 97, Carol peacefully passed away at home in bed. Her timing allowed her to join her loved ones and Jesus for the holidays. Preceding her in death, Carol was welcomed by her parents, siblings, friends, and both husbands. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren (Tajinai and Josiah), and little white doggie, Francis.
A lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wild Rose, WI, Carol will be remembered during visitation at N4514 24th Ave, starting at 10 am on Friday, December 22nd. A service at 11 a.m. and luncheon will follow, with Maple Crest Funeral Home of Waupaca graciously assisting with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials are appreciated.