Carol Ruth Hakala


Carol Ruth Hakala, age 90, of Clintonville, formerly of the Town of Dupont, Waupaca County, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at the ThedaCare Medical Center in Shawano.

Carol was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Bonduel as the daughter of the late George and Sophia (Backhaus) Kreutzer. She and her twin sister, Clarice, were raised in Bonduel by their grandmother Mary Backhaus and aunt Ella Backhaus after their mother passed away from complications during childbirth. Carol graduated from Bonduel High School in 1949. She worked as a secretary for doctors’ offices, UW-Green Bay and the U.S. Forestry Service in Colorado. Carol met her husband, Walter Hakala, at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Green Bay, and they enjoyed competitive dancing together. They were married Oct. 18, 1958, and resided in the Green Bay area, then Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Kerrville, Texas. After the death of her husband, Carol moved back to Wisconsin and lived with Clarice in Marion until Clarice’s passing in 2019. Carol was a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marion. She spent the last few years being well cared for at Kindred Hearts in Clintonville. Carol enjoyed playing piano and organ for the churches she attended and was an expert knitter and avid reader. She enjoyed her family and friends; always willing to play games and be involved in activities. Loved by her family, she will be missed and remembered for her strong faith in Jesus our Lord.

Carol is survived by her brothers, Donald (Betty) Kreutzer, Greely, Colorado, and Lloyd Kreutzer, Brighton, Colorado; brother-in-law: Bruce Rasmussen, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; grandmother Mary and aunt Ella; sisters Idella Rasmussen, Mary Ann (Bill) Alvey and Clarice (Earl) Hintz; mother-in-law and father-in-law Johanna (Juoni) and Henry Hakala; sisters-in-law Jenny (Hakala) Plosila Sturkol, Fanny (Hakala) Seppala, Impi (Hakala) Stenman, Helia (Hakala) Backman, Mildred (Hakala) Warren and Femmie (Hakala) Utto; and brothers-in-law: William, Henry, John and Ralph Hakala.

Carol’s memorial service will be held Friday Aug. 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marion with Rev. Lois Graper officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Mellen Union Cemetery in Mellen, Wisconsin. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Carol’s family wishes to express their appreciation for the love, care and respect shown to their aunt by the staff of Kindred Hearts of Clintonville and the whole staff of ThedaCare Medical Center in Shawano.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Marion is assisting her family.