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Obituary for Caroline R. Zierke

Caroline R. Zierke, 91, of La Crosse, passed away January 15, 2023, at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.

She was born to Arnold and Eleanora (Bruemmer) Foellmi in La Crosse, where she grew up and attended Logan High School, graduating in 1949. Caroline married her husband, Gerald Zierke, at St. James the Less Catholic Church on September 22, 1951. They went on to share 58 years of marriage before Gerald passed away in 2009.

Caroline worked for just a short time at the Rubber Mills, spending most of her life as a homemaker and being an amazing cook. Her hobbies included camping, bowling, fishing, traveling, card playing, and drinking the occasional martini. She will be deeply missed.

Caroline is survived by her son, Steven Zierke; daughter, Laura Martin; grandchild, Heather (Alan) Dayton; great-grandchild, Amara; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Foellmi and Shirley Foellmi; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gerald Foellmi, Armin (Phyllis) Foellmi, Ronald Foellmi, and Marlin (Margaret) Foellmi.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., until the time of service, Tuesday, at the funeral home. A private entombment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery in La Crosse.