Carol Vander Woude

Date of Death: Jul 12, 2020
Carol Vander Woude

1961 - 2020

Carol Vander Woude, 58, of rural Waupun, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 as the result of an accident.

Carol was born August 18, 1961 in Waupun, the daughter of Richard and Dianne McMullin Brown. Carol attended Waupun schools and graduated from Waupun High School. She furthered her education at Moraine Park in Fond du Lac and received her associate degree. On April 19, 1989 she married Dennis Vander Woude in Fond du Lac. They resided in the Waupun area most of their married lives. Carol was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and ABATE. Carol’s life as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor began when she admitted herself to the Beacon House as a patient. Her life turned around as she received her education and later was employed as a counselor at the Beacon House in Fond du Lac for 15 years. She was then employed with Dodge County Health and Human Services in Juneau for three years from which she retired. Carol enjoyed motorcycling very much. She and her husband, Dennis just returned from a 6,000 mile motorcycle trip to the West Coast. They spent winter months in Arizona in their motorhome and the summer months near Rio. Carol was an avid walker, pickleball player, and bicycler. 

Carol is survived by her husband, Dennis Vander Woude of rural Waupun; three sons: Artie (Katie) Garcia of Waupun, Jeremy (Katie) Vander Woude of Waupun, and Jesse Vander Woude of Fond du Lac; three daughters: Jamie Weber of Waupun, Jennifer Meyers of Markesan, and Tamara (Clifford) Kersten of VA; six grandchildren: Ian (McKinley) Jorgenson, Anthony Kersten, Ann Kersten, Josephine Meyers, Devan Garcia, and Hayden Garcia; three sisters: Kathleen (Mark) Norby of Janesville, Chantel (Eric) Grimm of Kettlersville, OH, and Brenda Cebery of Ripon; three brothers: Daniel Brown (Barb Lang) of Waupun, Kenneth (Jenny) Brown of Brandon, and Robert Brown of Campbellsport; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Larry (Jolene) Vander Woude of Waupun; Shirley (Tom) Walters of Fairwater, and Lori (Wes) Dalka of Oakfield; and nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Dianne Brown; son-in-law, Daniel Meyers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Gertrude Vander Woude; and nephew Greg Vander Woude. 


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 9-11:30 a.m.

Private Services

Private memorial services for Carol Vander Woude will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Robert Sherwood officiating.

Special Thanks

The family wishes to thank Beacon House in Fond du Lac for helping Carol turn her life around, thus allowing Carol to help others throughout her career.

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  1. John & Sue Beilfuss Says: July 14, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Dennis we are sorry for your loss. Went to school with carol & always enjoyed being friends. We send prayers for you & your family.

  2. Donna Rodenkirch Says: July 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Carol at UW Hospital ICU waiting room when my husband had a motorcycle accident. She was a very special lady. Condolences to all.

  3. Thoughts prayers hugs kisses loves out to the vander wounde family she’ll be missed and loved

  4. Thoughts prayers hugs kisses loves out to the vander wounde family she’ll be missed and loved
    Love Diana Lynn Donovan

  5. Bill Ganz Says: July 14, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    You have my deepest sympathies Dennis & family

  6. Sue Kopp Says: July 14, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    I’m so glad I got to know Carol playing pickleball at Turners last year. She was so fun and I was so saddened to hear of her accident.

  7. I read about this in the Portage paper what a wonderful soul your family has my sympathy may her memories carry you thru the months ahead fly with the angels Carol

  8. Julie Christison Says: July 14, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Rest in peace my dear friend …I am so happy to have reconnected with you through FB a year ago. My heart goes out to your family

  9. Judy long Says: July 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Ted family and friends,
    My heart aches for each one of you. Carol loved! She found the good in each of us. That’s who she was. Ill treasure the times we spent talking and sharing our lives, disappointments and joy, adventures, love for others. I learned from her by listening and strived to be like her. Carol was a true friend I miss her. Our Only hope is in God and I know she now is in peace with our Heavenly Father as she trusted and believed.

  10. Dear Denny and family,

    The news was such a shock, so tragic. We were so blessed to have Carol in the ministry. She had such a heart for people from all walks of life. To say that she lived life to the fullest is an understatement. Such wonderful memories to hold on to. Personally, I don’t think many people knew that Carol helped a family member to get through a very difficult time while she was at Beacon House, We are very grateful for our angel that worked amongst us. Wish we could be there on this weekend. We will hold you all up in thoughts and prayers while we are at the State Rally.

    Until we meet in Glory Carol…

    Ralph and Cheryl Sorenson
    CMA Wisconsin State Coordinator

  11. Gretchen Blish Says: July 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Dennis, So sorry to hear of Carol’s accident. I didn’t know her well but enjoyed our visit with the two of you at Silver Springs last summer. Enjoyed her positive posts on FB and loved following her and your adventures around the country. I pray you will feel the presence and comfort of God through this difficult time.

  12. Stormie Derber Says: July 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    I met Carol when I was a client at the Beacon House and she was my counselor in 2005. She truly helped and believed in me. I am so sorry for your families difficult loss at this moment. Prayers for healing go out to all of you.

  13. angela Haan Says: July 15, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Our deepest sympathies Dennis. We both have a conflict on Saturday and are unable to make it to the funeral home. Please know we would be there if we could. May our Lord give you His peace that surpasses all understanding. AngelaHaan and Kaitlyn Burns

  14. Carrie Bunker Says: July 15, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Carol at Dodge County Human Services. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was amazing and very humble. She helped MANY people in her journey here on earth. I have no doubt she will continue to do so in her next journey. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Jim Jansen Says: July 16, 2020 at 12:08 am


    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  16. John and Lynn Yonkee Says: July 16, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Our hearts go out to you Dennis and your family. May God bless you and keep you, may God look upon you with favor and give you peace during this trying time. Heaven gained a beautiful angel!

  17. Rog and Mame Oonk Says: July 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort from God.

  18. Doug and Deb Vis Says: July 18, 2020 at 9:48 am

    We were so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Please take care and God bless you.

  19. Julie Feilbach Says: July 18, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I had the privilege and honor of working with Carol at Beacon House. She always put a smile on my face to see her arrive to work on her Harley! May you feel the love from the people that loved Carol in this difficult time. PS no masks or social distancing in Heaven.???

  20. Ron and Bonnie Oonk Says: July 19, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Denny and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You have our sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Mindi Kohout Says: July 27, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I am so sorry Denny!! Your wife was one of my favorite customers when I worked part time at Buckle. Remember her well!!

  22. JOHN RAYMOND RHODE Says: August 25, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Denny so sorry for your loss, at the same time i truly believe God took Carol home now to avoid future suffering in the world. I am sad for you and family but know where Carol is, and no more suffering for her.

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