Karol M. (Case) Gehrke

July 29, 1934 ~ December 8, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Karol Gehrke Obituary

Karol Mae Gehrke (nee: Case) age 89, passed away, December 8th, 2023, at home with her daughters by her side and caring for her.

She was born July 29th, 1934, to the late Harold and Myrtie (Packard) Case, in Crandon, WI. She came to Milwaukee, divorced and a single parent, and started working at Briggs & Stratton. On October 14th, 1961, she married Paul Gehrke (he preceded her on December 23rd, 1988).  She had three children and became a stay at home mom. The family moved to North Cape in 1968. In 1974, she started working at Nestlé in Burlington and retired after 26 years and then worked part time at Rojos popcorn till she was 80 years old.

Karol was known as a “tough cookie”, who spoke her mind, no matter the cost. As her grandson Braden puts it “She always told everyone how it was and never held anything back, always speaking her mind”. She would do anything for anyone and provided the expectations and set the example of how a family should function, by always being there no matter the cost. Karol was a true patriot, who loved and worried about our country. She loved life, her family, and adored her grandchildren. She was a very strong, selfless, hard working woman. Her family is proud to  have had her as a role model.

Karol is survived by her daughters; Sheela Beaster, twins Dara (Mark) Willkomm & Debra Gehrke, Janell (Tyler Lavey), grandsons Kody (Bryana Fredricksen) Willkomm and Braden Willkomm, granddaughter Tina (craig) Holmquist,  granddogs Remy and Penny, grandhorse Nobel.  She is further survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Karol is preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, her siblings; Myrthlee Johnson, Garland “Jim’ Case, Bobbyjack Case, twin brother Karl Case, Marie Webb, and Harold “Buzz” Case. Son in law Kurt Beaster and son Jack Gehrke.

The family would like to thank Lisa from Aurora Hospice Care At Home for all the care and advice she gave to us so we could care for mom for the last 6 months.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Karol’s life will be held on Saturday January 20th, 2024,  from 10:30 am to 11:50 am followed directly by a service at Integrity Celebration Center, (2789 Browns Lake Dr. Burlington, Wisconsin 53105). 

Proverbs 31:31 “ Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate”


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Memorial Gathering
January 20, 2024

10:30 AM
Integrity Celebration Center (S. Browns Lake Drive Burlington)

Memorial Service
January 20, 2024

12:00 PM
Integrity Celebration Center (S. Browns Lake Drive Burlington)


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