Wisconsin Rapids - Carol Jonas, 91, of Wisconsin Rapids and formerly of Brookfield, WI, died Tuesday, December 29th, 2020, at home after a prolonged illness.
Carol was born in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Rufus King High School and Prospect Hall Business College. In 1948, she married her best friend, Robert Jonas. They had two children, Jeffrey and Christine. In 1998, Bob died while they were traveling with Elderhostel on a barge trip through France. The couple was blessed with over 50 years of marriage.
Carol spent her early years in Milwaukee working as a Human Resource Director for various companies, including Valuation Research. She and Bob shared many interests including ballroom dancing, golfing, bridge, gardening and traveling. Together they attended over 18 Elderhostels throughout the United States and France. Both were avid supporters of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and traveled to Japan with the Symphony in 1992. Carol was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League Board and a long-time member of The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa.
In 2006, she moved to Wisconsin Rapids and immediately became involved in the community and made numerous friends. She was a member of several women's groups including: The Yard and Garden Club, Current and Classic Book Club, and the service organization PEO. She was the cornerstone of many different bridge clubs including AAUW Bridge, Wednesday afternoon Bridge at Bullseye Golf Club and her special Sunday bridge group.
In her free time, Carol was a devoted gardener, a voracious reader and a skilled crossword solver. In recent years, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she adored.
Carol is survived by her two loving children, Jeffrey (Darlene) Jonas and Christine (Gary) Kryshak; her four grandchildren, Courtney (Jacob) Engel, JJ (Kristine) Jonas, Matthew (Soren Croxall) Kryshak, and Ryan (Deirdre) Jonas; and five great-grandchildren Caleb Engel, Alexis Jonas, Genevieve Jonas, Sienna Jonas and Theodore Jonas.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Jonas, and a great-granddaughter, Caitlin Engel.
Carol was a woman of substance; civic minded, intelligent and engaging. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother. Carol was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to Covid.
The family requests that memorial gifts be designated for NMO research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/deveopment
or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Gifts in memory of Carol Jonas.
Herman Taylor Funeral Home is assisting the family.