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Carol Trunkel

Carol Ann (Bentzler, Tetzloff) Trunkel, age 72, died in Arizona of Congestive Heart Disease on February 2, 2023.  Carol was born to Harold Garland Bentzler Sr. and Jeanette Marie (Aumann) Petkovsek on September 21, 1950 in South Bend, IN.  After living in Michigan and Milwaukee, the family settled in Loyal where Carol graduated from High School in 1969.  After graduation Carol attended the Oshkosh Area Technical School where she learned multi-clerical skills that she used in her employment at various office jobs in Madison and Phoenix and most recently at RGIS Inventory as an auditor.

Carol married John Trunkel on August 10, 1991.  She loved being a farmer’s wife and the daily routine of work on the dairy farm until they retired in 2002.

Carol spent winters in Arizona, her favorite place on earth.  She suffered from COPD, Emphysema, Asthma, and MACC infection and the winters in Wisconsin were too harsh on her health.  She enjoyed listening to the Beatles, fishing, engraving, coloring, playing electronic games, traveling, riding on motorcycles, driving in the desert, and keeping up with her friends from all over including Arizona and Canada through Face Book.  Several relatives benefited from her love of crocheting afghans.  She enjoyed volunteering in the Willard area, especially for Polka Fest and the Bazar, and attending local events.

She is survived by her husband John W. Trunkel; two daughters:  Rebecca (Christopher) Durham, Chippewa Falls, Talysin Tetzloff (special friend Rob Sheel), Fall River;  5 grandchildren: Nicholas, Zachary, Joshua, Tyler, Eva; sister  Patricia "Patti" (Jerry) Sowls, Oshkosh; brother Harry (Lori) Bentzler, CO; in-laws: Bob (Joann) Trunkel, Greenwood; Sarah (Jack) Trunkel, Willard; Kathy (Dale) Severson, (Curtiss), Dan (Crystal) Trunkel, Willard; step-mother Lorraine (Griesbach) Bentzler, Owen; step-brothers Mike (Sally) Chili; Richard (Shelly), Marshfield; Jim (Dawn), Marshfield; step-sisters, Linda Cox, Marshfield; Debbie (Dan) Koeune, Wisconsin Rapids; Donna Griesbach, Chili; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Harold Garland Bentzler Sr, mother Jeanette Marie (Aumann) Petkovsek, stepfather Arthur Petkovsek, mother-in-law Sophie (Goser) Trunkel, father-in-law John F. Trunkel, sister-in-law Judy (Chuck) (Trunkel) Andrasen, brother-in-law Jack Trunkel.

Carol brought smiles and laughter to many during her life, she died in her Happy Place with Tally and Rob by her side.  She will be missed by all those who loved and laughed with her.  We appreciate the support of her special friends who cared for her while she spent her winter’s in Arizona - Alisa, Sandy, and Richard & Jen from Canada.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard, WI, with Rev. Stanislaus Michael Antony officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home of Greenwood, WI is assisitng the family with arrangements.

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