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Official Obituary of

Carol Marie (Fritsch) Appleton

August 14, 1945 ~ February 25, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Carol Appleton Obituary

Carol M. Appleton, age 78, of Kaukauna passed away peacefully, after a several-year battle with cancer, at her home on Sunday, February 25, 2024 with her family by her side.  She was born on August 14, 1945 in De Pere, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Arthur and Marie (Novak) Fritsch.  She was proudly nominated and eventually crowned Miss West De Pere in high school.  In November of 1978 she married the love of her life, Clark Appleton.  Their marriage was blessed with one daughter and 29 years before Clark passed away on January 5, 2008.  Together they owned and operated Appleton’s Dairy Farm.  Carol enjoyed traveling, shopping, cooking, and theater productions.  Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter: Sabrina (Henry) Schmidt, Kaukauna; grandchildren: Jamie and Elizabeth Schmidt, Kaukauna; siblings: Patricia (Joseph) Rickert; Nancy (Bob) Van Boxtel; Chuck (Connie) Fritsch; sisters-in-law: Carol Fritsch, Helen Fritsch, Sandy Fritsch, and Betty Appleton; numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and her beloved husband, Clark, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Larry; sister, Donna Ludwig; brothers: Jerome, Leroy, Bernie, and Bobby Fritsch; siblings-in-law: Mary Lou Fritsch; Bob Ludwig; Dan and Nancy Appleton; Tom and Florence Appleton; Chuck Appleton; and Pat Sutliff.

Funeral Mass for Carol will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church (W2037 County Rd. S, Freedom) with Father Robert Chinnapan officiating.  Visitation will be held directly at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service.  Carol will be laid to rest along side Clark in the Parish Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in her name.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Marian, Mary, granddaughter Liz, niece Brenda, Tammy and the staff of AseraCare Hospice for the care and compassion given to Carol.

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March 2, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
W2037 County Rd. S
Freedom, WI 54130

Funeral Mass
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
W2037 County Rd. S
Freedom, WI 54130


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