Carol R. Capelle, age 92, a native of Port Washington, died Feb. 24 at Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center in Lake Geneva after a brief illness.
The Elkhorn resident was born Sept. 19, 1924 in Port Washington. She is the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Lauters.
In her youth, Mrs. Capelle worked in an artillery shell factory during World War II and also in a bean factory.
“She was very strong willed,” said Jack Noltze, one of her sons. “If there was something to be done, she wouldn’t let up until it was not only done but done right. She was very persistent.”
On June 14, 1944, she married Marvin Noltze of the Town of Grafton at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Within a few years, the couple moved to Elkhorn where Mr. Noltze started his construction business. He died June 22, 1958.
“She had a limited income after that and I give her so much credit — she did so much with so little in raising us boys,” her son said. “She’d sew clothes or whatever it took to keep us going.”
Mrs. Capelle in 1961 married Howard Capelle of Cedarburg and the couple continued to reside in Elkhorn. Mr. Capelle died March 23, 1999.
Mrs. Capelle took great pride in her home and yard, well into her golden years, also enjoying her grandchildren, sewing and oil painting. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Elkhorn.
Mrs. Capelle is survived by her son John “Jack” (Linda) of Elkhorn, her grandchildren Amy (Roger) Bates of Delavan and Chad (Olivia Tucker) of Mauston, great-grandchildren Matthew Bates and Maelin Noltze and her sister Betty Bertram of Grafton.
Mrs. Capelle is preceded in death by her two husbands, sons Robert and James, brothers Donald and Charles Lauters and brother-in-law Robert Bertram.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington. Family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.