Carole Marcia (Weihe) Janssen

Carole Marcia (Weihe) Janssen

Carole Marcia (Weihe) Janssen passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin on March 2, 2024 from natural causes at age 88. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 9, 1935, the firstborn child of Dr. Arthur R. and Marcia O. Weihe.

Carole’s early years were spent in Oak Park but her family moved several times during World War II, following her father’s training assignments as a surgeon in the U. S. Army Air Corps. The family returned to Oak Park once her father was sent overseas. She graduated from Oak Park High School where she was on the swim team among other activities. After high school, she spent some time in nurses’ training.

Carole met her lifelong love, Martin, at the Washburn County Fair in Spooner one summer while still in high school. Her family had a cabin on Long Lake and Martin lived in Spooner. They had a long distance relationship for a time, eventually getting married and living in Madison while Martin finished his medical training. The two of them were married for sixty-seven years.

Carole and Martin moved to Adams in 1960 so Martin could join Dr. Weihe in practicing medicine in Adams County. She raised her family of four boys, then began working in a retail women’s clothing store in Adams. Carole eventually purchased the store and named it Carole’s Fashion Delights which she operated until August, 2023. Carole loved being part of the community through her business, interacting with customers and suppliers, and supporting her business colleagues in the area.

Education was important to Carole and she lived that out by providing more than thirty years of service to the Adams-Friendship Area School District as a member of the Board of Education. Many of those years included serving as President of the Board. Martin and Carole supported the scholarships of many underfunded or first generation college students.

Carole and Martin loved traveling, gardening and participating in arts experiences, including many years of involvement with the Sand County Players. Sometimes on stage, sometimes supporting the group behind the scenes, she often had her store be the location to purchase show tickets. Carole supported other arts activities in the area including the school’s Fine Arts Center.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents and nephews Michael Polivka and Daniel Polivka. She is survived by her husband Martin; son James, of Adams; son David (Kristin) of Oshkosh; son William (Cheri) of Mount Horeb; and son Christopher (Cheri) of Sun Prairie. She is further survived by two sisters – Susan Polivka of Adams, and Cathy (Gary Don) Cullison of Gulfport, Mississippi; four nieces – Cathy Polivka, Debbie Polivka, Beth (David) Witt and Marcia (Jason) McAdams; her grandchildren – Amber Janssen, Greg (Lindsey) Janssen, Elise (Brendan) Strycharske, Geoff (Cleopatra) Janssen, Lance (Andrea) Janssen, Michael (Silvie) Janssen, and Jenna Janssen; and great-grandchildren Micah, William, Lenna, Louisa, Margaux and Jacob.

A memorial service for Carole will be held on Saturday, March 16 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship at noon. There will be a visitation prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The family would request that, instead of sending flowers, memorial donations be directed to: the Adams-Friendship Area School District Scholarship Fund, the school’s Fine Arts Center through the Adams-Friendship Area Educational Foundation, the Moundview Memorial Healthcare Foundation or the Sand County Players.

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  1. Scott and Peggy Willis says:

    Doc. and Jim, We are so sorry to hear of Carole’s passing!! You all became wonderful friends as we worked the Triathlon together for many years! She will be missed!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Scott and Peggy Willis.

  2. Dan Kane says:

    Our hearts and sympathies are with the family, we are so sorry for your loss. She was such an inspiration and dedicated member of the Adams community. Our thoughts are with you all.

    The Kane family

  3. Dan Kane says:

    Our hearts and sympathies are with the family, we are so sorry for your loss. She was such an inspiration and dedicated member of the Adams community. Our thoughts are with you all. The Kane family

  4. June Stine says:

    My condolences to Doc and the Janssen family. May you find comfort in your memories of a wonderful lady.

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  6. Myrna and Tim Diemert says:

    So sorry to the Janssen family for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was such a valuable member of the AF community and her loss will be felt by many people. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  7. Jeffrey Cila says:

    Oh my, there are people in life that you just feel will always be with us. It saddens my human heart to the core to find that Carole has departed this life. Doc, Jim, Dave, Will, and Chris my prayers are with you that you may feel the presence of the Comforter is ever near. You all know intimately how special Mom was; many of us knew her as our Mom-#2 and she was precious and special for us also. May God grant her rest, peace, and reveal to her all the treasures of heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN Much love to you all. Rev. Jeff Cila

  8. Colleen Brogan-Raasch says:

    My condolences to Doc and the Janssen family. I pray you find comfort in your memories of a wonderful lady.

  9. Dr and Mrs. Simani Lisa and Fred says:

    Was Partner with Dr. Janssen, since 1971 and Colleague in Roche-A-Cri Clinic, and met,.. Carol then.
    Our first remembrance,was while staying in a Cabin by Friendship Lake; (T0 eventually move here)…..Tornado Warnings Rang Out across the Community Area. They called to invite us to spend the night with them; to keep us All Safe. It was then we saw, how Caring and gentle Spirited Carol was ,to our Family.
    We shall Always Treasure, found memories… of All the dinners we spent in the Dells together; along with all the Fun times we had.
    In Carol’s presence, she made you feel, you were the most important person to her (as she listened so intently, with a Kind heart; to All who knew her. She was like a sister and best friend to all she Met!
    Our Deepest Condolences,….to the Whole JANSSEN Family,as we all Mourn the Loss of a Wonderful Wife, Mother, Grand and Great Grandmother, and Friend,and an Immensely Valuable Asset to the Adams-Friendship Communities,and the services to:
    The School System
    The Theater Groups
    Carol’s Dress Shop
    (and each one who knew her!)
    She gave so much of ,…herself; to make These Communities, a Better Place to Live.
    There will Be!……A Big Hole….in these communities,…from the Loss of a very Special Person and Friend of : “Our Carol”
    Rest in Peace Carol.!
    Dr and Mrs. Simani
    Lisa and Fred

  10. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the Jansen family. Carole was a driving force for many positive things in the Adams Friendship community. She will be sorely missed. Cherish the memories she created with you.

  11. Fred Simani says:

    My heartfelt condolences go out the Janssen family during this time of grief. May you find the strength and solace in each other’s presence and in the memories you shared with Carole.

  12. Craig & Kathleen Baumgartner says:

    Our condolences to the Janssen family, your mom holds a spot in my heart. She was always watching out for us growing up and I loved being able to stop in and see her and Doc whenever I was back in town.

  13. Marie Danowski says:

    Such a Sweet Lady! Wishing the Jannsen family comfort and peace to face the days ahead, and loving Memories
    To hold in your heart always.

  14. Patricia Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. A wonderful lady. Her husband took care of me many times at Rochie A Cri clinic in friendship.years ago. He was a very respected doctor. May the lord be with them both now and forever.

  15. Jan Baumgartner says:

    My deepest condolences to Doc, Jim, David,Will, Chris and families. Carole was such a wonderful lady!
    So many memories, may you all hold those memories close. Carole will be missed by many!

  16. Ron and Laurie Leach says:

    Ron and Laurie Leach are so sad to hear this. Carole you were such an asset to Adam’s! You will be missed!

  17. Rick H. Falk says:

    Sending my condolences to the entire Janssen family. Carole was one of the highlights of growing up in Adams County. I was fortunate enough to spend many hours with Carole while in Sand County Players. I always felt welcome in the Janssen house. One fond memory is borrowing one of Carole’s dresses to wear for a Spirit Week competition when I was a senior at AFHS! Carole was always ready for a good time; I can still hear her laughter and see her beautiful smile. May your faith and love for one another help you through this awful time. God bless you all.

  18. Sherry Sherd says:

    Genuine, kind ,thoughtful ,funny and a true lady. That is how I will remember Carol. She was a rock in the foundation of this community. I am sorry to the family.

  19. Dawn Stone says:

    Sincerest sympathy to the Janssen family. What a long life lived in service to so many. Carole was a true assist to our community. I always appreciated so much that every time I saw her she would ask, ” So how is our boy doing?” She met Wyatt on the school order and was so proud of his military accomplishments and so proud that I wore a ” Caroles ” dress for his wedding.
    May your grief son become many happy memories.

  20. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    “Gone from our sight but not from our hearts” .. Blessed be the memory of Carole. Her long lasting impact in our community will remain in our future events forever. She was a wonderful woman and a friend to many. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Dr. Janssen and the entire Janssen family.

  21. Mike and Charlene Scott says:

    Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the family for the loss of such a lovely lady. Sending prayers to all.

  22. Wanda (Boer) and Dennis Hoefle says:

    Doc, Jim, David, Will, Chris and families,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Carole was a wonerful woman and a vibrant part of the community. I will always have fond memories of our UCC church family. May your memories comfort you in these hard times.

  23. Denise Schmidt says:

    Sincerest Sympathies to the entire Jansen family. Carole was a definite asset to the community, and she will be deeply missed. Hold on to the memories and allow them to help you through the healing process. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Rose (Schonasky) Corton says:

    Sorry for your family’s loss.

  25. Jerry and Cindy Murphy says:

    Doc and family so sorry for your loss. Many great memories of Carole, she will be met by my mom and Mary Jo Klaus. RIP Carole.

  26. Lora Harvey Poppele says:

    So sorry for your loss. May the Lord bring comfort during this difficult time.

  27. Mary Bell says:

    My sympathy to Doc and the whole family. What a wonderful example of a life well lived.

  28. Becky Koehn says:

    Dr. Janssen and family, so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Hariet Dehlinger says:

    She certainly was a wonderful lady! She added so much to our community and will be missed by many! Gone but NEVER forgotten

  30. Paul Ochtrup says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of this. Carole was a terrific person and very dear to me. My sincere condolences to Doc, Jim, David, Will and Chris. Rest in Peace, Carole.

  31. Lynn (Kirsenlohr) Dehmlow says:

    My sympathies to Carol’s family. My mom was both a patron of her shop and served on the School board for many years with Carol. She often spoke to me about her appreciation of serving with her! Prayers to you all!

  32. Peter Hickethier and Kathy McCarthy says:

    Our deepest sympathy on Carole’s passing. I have such fond memories of our friendship and years together on the School Board. Her loss also leaves significant memories of her commitment to Sand County Players and the Arts in our community. We’ll certainly miss her and her positive impact on Adams-Friendship.

  33. James Reed MD says:

    Martin, I am sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I still recall having a wonderful dinner at your house prepared by Carol and you. What a memorable time we had.
    Carol always had a smile on her face when greeting you. She made you feel completely comfortable in her presence. I’m fortunate I had the opportunity to have met her.
    Doc Reed

  34. Sue Moran says:

    Our deepest condolences to Doc & family. So sorry for your loss. RIP Carole!

  35. Lizz & Ken Flory says:

    So sorry for your loss. Carole was a wonderful and caring person.

  36. Patricia Gervais and Family says:

    Our sincere condolences to all of the Janssen family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time and may you find comfort in God….and each other.

  37. Lisa Gurecki says:

    So sorry for your loss

  38. Kathleen Theisen says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to the entire Janssen family. We loved Carole! I have so many happy memories of going to her clothing store and also of seeing her and Doc around town & at Sand County Players shows. Carole always lit up the room with her amazing smile. Sending much love to your family.

  39. Mary & Ross Moore says:

    We send our sincerest condolences on the loss of Carole to her family. She definitely contributed so much to community. Always so helpful and friendly to others.

  40. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    So sorry to hear this!! She was always such a happy person and so kind to everyone!!!!! My deepest sympathy to all of the family!!!!!

  41. Andrea LaValle says:

    Sincere sympathy to Doc Janssen and the entire Janssen family at this difficult time. She was such a special woman to all of you and to the community. Rest In Peace Carole.

  42. Mark Stephens says:

    Sorry for the families loss.

  43. Shirley Theisen says:

    Sincere and deepest sympathy to Doc and the entire Janssen family. We feel blessed to have known Carole all these years.
    She will be missed by the entire community, including our family.

  44. Dennis McFarlin says:

    Doc, Kathy, and family:

    My condolences.

  45. Karen Murphy (Rank) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, sending my thoughts and prayers

  46. Joyce Moore says:

    Carole will be missed , we have been friends since 1961, we raised our children together,camping,laughing, playing cars and most of all laughing.

  47. Patricia Paulson says:

    My condolences to all of you.

  48. Beth & Ted Griffith says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Janssen Family during this difficult time. Carole was a pretty special lady in our community and will be missed dearly. Prayers and hugs to all.

  49. Joyce and Sherry Baumgart says:

    Our sincere condolences to Doc and the family! Carole was a wonderful advocate for so many organizations in our community. She will be missed.

  50. Lisa & Ron Allen says:

    Janssen family – deepest sympathies to you all. Carole always had a smile and took a moment to see how we were doing when we stopped in her store in Adams. I still have a couple of WI Badger shirts that were birthday & Christmas gifts. May your wonderful memories carry you through this most difficult time. Sincerely-Lisa & Ron Allen

  51. Pam Zindars says:

    Very sorry for your families loss.

  52. Bernie Soley Roggenbauer says:

    My sincere condolences to the Janssen family. What a life so very well lived. She will live on forever in your hearts.

  53. Monica arndt says:

    My sympathy to all of the Jansen family. She was a great lady.

  54. Kathie and Jerry Dye says:

    Carole was such a special person to so many people in the community. She truly had a life well lived and a heart well loved. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

  55. Peg Lecy says:

    Ease your grief, she is not gone
    For in your heart she lingers on
    Her smile, her laugh, her special way, will comfort you from day to day
    You’ll feel her presence in the breeze that dances gently through the trees. Always in your heart
    So very sorry on your loss

  56. Don and Karen Rathke says:

    Carole, Will be missed by many, her family, many friends, the list continues. Our prays will continue.
    Don and Karen Rathke

  57. Debbi and Nick Segina says:

    Oh, we are so sorry to hear this! Carole was such a vibrant soul! She strived to see the best in people. Her devotion to her family and community was inspiring.
    I loved hearing her laugh! I will truly miss her. You are all in our good thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.

  58. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Such a special lady; our sympathy to Carole’s family at this sad time. We are thinking of you all.

  59. Diana Shaske says:

    Sorry for your loss 🙏🏻

  60. Izzy Jackson says:

    What a wonderful person Carole was. Her presence and vibrancy in our community will be missed. She was such a gift to so many. My condolences and prayers to her family. She truly was remarkable.

  61. Judy Alderman says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss

  62. Jodi Lecy Helgeson and Jim Grabarski says:

    What a wonderful person. We will all miss her greatly. Our sympathy to you all