Carol A. Oppermann

Date of Death: Dec 18, 2019
Carol A. Oppermann

1938 - 2019

Carol A. Oppermann, 81, of Waupun, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at ThedaCare Medical Center in Neenah.

Carol was born November 22, 1938 at her grandparent’s home in rural Brownsville in Byron township, the daughter of John J. and Vida Sampson Summers. On June 11, 1955 she married Barnard A. Oppermann at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun all their married lives. Carol was a certified child care provider prior to being employed as a registered nurse at local hospitals. Carol was a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in the National and Fox River Valley Chapters. She was a member of Pella Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aide where she sang in the choir, was a Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School Teacher for many years. She volunteered at Bethesda County Fair for several years. After retirement, Carol became a certified trainer for community based residential facilities. Carol enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards, nature, and travel.

Carol is survived by her children: Dawn (Ricky) Smack, David (Dominique) Oppermann and Deborah Oppermann, all of Waupun, Tom (Diane) Oppermann of Nevada, Susan (Morgan) Hembrook of Madison, Ken (Cathy) Oppermann of Waterloo, and Brian (Karie) Oppermann of Denmark; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Jean (Roger) Schmidt of West Bend and Bonnie (Ed) Gruen of Eldorado; three half-brothers: Charles (Mary), James, and John J. Summers; a half-sister, Dorothy Merch; and sisters-in-law, Barbara and Cheryl Summers.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Barnard; her mother, Vida Kiersten; her father, John Summers; two brothers, Neil and John; a grandson, Matthew Hoddel; a great-grandson, Archer Oppermann; a son-in-law, Johnie Smack; and a daughter-in-law, Becky Oppermann.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Sunday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 3-6 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Carol A. Oppermann will be held Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. David Knuth officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

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  1. Chad Knaus Says: December 19, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Very sorry for your loss Brian and family. I hope you can find comfort in the coming days and you have my sympathies.

  2. Marshall and Anne Says: December 20, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences.

    Marshall & Anna Mc Lean

  3. Dorothy Grossman Says: December 20, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  4. Karen Petersen Says: December 21, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I am so glad that we had a gathering when Jerry Sowers was here. Really enjoyed visiting with Carol. Please accept my most sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  5. Marty Gienke Says: December 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Sorry about your mom passing away, Deb. It’s always hard at the holidays. May God give you strength, comfort, and peace in the days head

  6. Verne Cowles Says: December 22, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Dear Jean, Bonnie and Oppermann family. So sorry to hear about your loss. Carol was a special person. You are in Susan & my thoughts.

  7. Rev and Val Loehrke Says: December 23, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Her absence will quickly be missed. She was full of energy and willing to take on many activities. Our Lord called her home, She knew a heavenly home was her’s in Christ. He also took her in a quick way which was probably the way she would have wanted to die. Her mind stayed sharp and her walking was brisk. I also am sure, speaking of walking, that she was praying continually for all her children that their way of walking would also be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Find comfort in the very Word of the Lord she found comfort in.

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