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Carol A. Schoen

Carol A. Schoen

March 24, 2020

Carol Ann (Kramer) Schoen left us on March 24, 2020 at Azura Memory Care, Eau Claire, WI. 
Dementia changed the woman we knew slowly for over a decade, but her grace and beauty
stayed with her until the very end. 
Carol was born in Woodhaven, Queens, NY on July 31, 1937 and spent her early life there. 
She earned her B.A. in Education/Psychology from Queens College in 1959 and was a member
of Theta Nu sorority. She was a supportive wife, a wonderful mother, a gourmet cook, a master
gardener, a Girl Scout Leader, President of the Westwood Junior Women’s Club, member of
PFLAG, and a member of Unitarian Universalist churches in NJ, KY, and WI.  She worked as an
elementary school teacher in Oceanside, NY and Township of Washington, NJ, as a librarian in
Oradell, NJ, as campaign manager and Legislative Aide to a NJ State Assembly Woman, was
an Arbitration Administrator for the Better Business Bureau in Paramus, NJ, and was the
Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice at Hackensack Medical Center, NJ when she retired.  She
was a force to be reckoned with, a gentle guiding hand, a confidante and advisor to her friends
and family.  She enjoyed traveling the United States on road trips with her husband, Jack;
spending time at the shore in Ocean Grove, NJ with family and friends.  
Carol is survived by her husband of more than 61 years, Jack Schoen.  From Woodhaven, NY
to Twp. Of Washington, NJ, to Lexington, KY, to Eau Claire, WI – they built homes full of nature,
music, love and lots of laughter.  They have two daughters, Jennifer (Janet Bagley) Schoen of
Norwood, MA, and Hope (Stephen) Naples of Bennington, NE, who will forever be grateful for
her love and guidance.  Carol was devoted to her three grandchildren:  Sean (Ashlyn Cianciolo)
Naples, Josh Naples and Kate Naples – all with beautiful memories to last their lifetime.  Carol’s
brother Walter (Judy) Kramer, her niece, nephews and her many friends share in this loss.  She
was preceded in death by her parents Walter Kramer and Ruth Marston Kramer Merklee.
We sincerely thank the staff of Azura Memory Care Eau Claire, WI for the kind and
compassionate care they provided for Carol and the guidance they gave Jack as they navigated
the path of dementia.  We also thank Amy Rantala, MD at MCHS-EU for her expert care, Grace
Day Services for providing respite when Carol lived at home, and St. Croix Hospice for their
compassionate care at the end of her life.  
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.  The family asks that you remember Carol
in a way that is meaningful to you – perhaps by appreciating the beauty of nature, cooking a
comforting meal for a friend or family member, toasting her with a glass of wine or a martini, or
volunteering for or donating to a favored charity.  Carol was happiest when spending time with
the people who meant the most to her – may we honor her life by finding our own happiness
and treasuring our memories while we are able.  
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, in Altoona is assisting the family. To
leave an online condolence, please visit www.chippewavalleycremation.com


A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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  • Marty O'Halloran We could see that Carol was a woman of grace and beauty when she and Jack joined our yoga class at the Senior Center. How nice to learn about her good life with her loving family, and her many skills and accomplishments. My condolences to Jack and your family.

    April 1 at 1:20pm

  • Eric Nielsen To the entire Naples family - I send my sincere sympathy upon Carol's death. I remember meeting her on several occasions. She was a very special and loving person. In your time of sadness, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you experience and claim the peace of Christ which surrounds you this day.

    April 1 at 7:01am

  • Eric Estrada Hope sorry to hear about your loss God give you comfort and strength on this hard times My blessings for you and your family.

    March 29 at 9:45pm

  • Dee & Dave Naples With deepest sympathy. Carol was such a beautiful and inspirational woman. We were always impressed with how elegant and beautiful she was, with a such a kind heart. ❤️

    March 29 at 9:19PM

  • Bill and Karen McDonnell Although I'm not sure Karen's aware of Carol's passing, I'm sure she would join me in extending our sympathy. Dementia is such a cruel illness in taking away beautiful people like Carol.
    Despite that fact, I'm grateful that we got to know in part, Carol,
    and as a model of love and caring, Jack.
    Our memories and prayers go out to the family.

    March 29 at 3:57PM

  • Nikki Dietel My heart goes out to Jack, Jen and Hope. Also to the extended family. Carol was a dear friend and I have so very many wonderful memories we shared. Woman’s Club, Girl Scouts are the best memories. Carol was a gift and a bright light to so many and the light is a bit dimmer now. Rest In Peace dear friend.

    March 29 at 12:38PM

  • Kayla Hay Hope and family, so very sorry to hear of this. She sounded like an amazing woman. Cherish the memories and know she is at peace.

    March 29 at 11:59AM

  • Karen and Tim What a beautiful obituary. It captures the Carol we knew and loved. I miss knowing that Carol is still with us. You lived a sweet life, Carol, and you'll always be in our memories. Rest in peace.

    March 29 at 7:56AM

  • Barbara Tzetzo Gosch I have never read such an eloquent, descriptive, and lovingly written obituary as I jus tdid about Dear Carol. What a remarkable wife, mother, friend, and awesome woman. This beautiful picture of her will remain in my mind. Furthermore, I can see why she and Jack have such a special family. It's because Carole was "Special" and as the other half of a marriage, with Jack, based on respect, devotion, and love, for one another for sixty-one years. I'm sending prayers and condolences during this difficult time.

    Your good friend,

    March 29 at 12:54AM

  • Diane Strauss RIP my dear dear friend. So many wonderful memories, So many years of vacations and fun. Loved your help with my garden in NJ Such great memories from our Girl Scout days both as girls and then leaders. Enjoy your heavenly garden. Love you.

    March 28 at 6:51PM

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