Carol Kaufmann (nee Grunow) of West Bend and formerly of Bayside, passed peacefully into eternal life on April 8th, 2022, at the age of 74. As in life, her beloved soulmate and husband of over 50 years, Robert Kaufmann, was by her side. She is survived by Robert and their adoring children, Jennifer (Kevin) Kern and Scott Kaufmann. Proud grandma to Nicholas, Katelyn, Brady, Jack, and Connor. She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Martha Grunow, and her sister, Nancy Turk. Carol is survived by her sister, Kathy (Glenn) Braun, and brother, Rick Grunow, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Born in Sheboygan, WI, Carol was the third of four children. She was a gifted student and graduated from Sheboygan South High School with honors. She met Bob while attending Columbia Hospital School of Nursing where she was class president. After the two graduated, the couple was married in 1969 and moved to Bayside where they lived for 30 years and raised their two children. They later moved to West Bend where they’ve resided for the last 16 years.
Carol was a recovery room nurse at Children’s Hospital where she wrote quality assurance programs that are used across the nation. She was an avid gardener and active in the community. Carol was more than just an amazing mother, wife, sister and friend – she was caring beyond comprehension. Her life revolved around her family, friends and garden. This love was evident to anyone she met, including the many patients she cared for in her 30 years as a registered nurse and the many friends she sponsored over the years at the West Bend Unity Club.
A memorial visitation will be held at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington Street, in West Bend on Friday, April 15 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol’s name to the Salvation Army, The Unity Club of West Bend, WI, of to Full Shelf Food Pantry in West Bend is appreciated.
The Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service has been entrusted with Carol’s arrangements. Additional information and online guestbook can be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.