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In Memory

Carrie Wilhelm

Carrie Wilhelm

Carrie F. Wilhelm, age 39, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at her mother's home. She was born on August 7, 1970, in Madison, the daughter of Ronald and Sara Wilhelm-Rhiel. Carrie's life was her children. Carrie is survived by her three children, Torrie, age 13; Corrie, age 12; and Tarin Thomas, age 10. She is also survived by her brother, Kurt Wilhelm and his wife, Elisa Salinas; niece and nephew, Ashley and Keegan Wilhelm; two aunts, Dr. Mary Rhiel and her husband, Patrick Clary, MD; Susan Given and her husband, Robert; an uncle, Dr. Steven Rhiel and his wife, Lynda and their families; the father of her children, Toren Thomas; and many other relatives and friends. She was proceded in death by her father, Ronald Wilhelm; grandparents; and cousin, Kim Given.

A memorial service will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 6 p.m., with Pastor Craig Robertson, New Crossing Church, officiating. Visitation is from 4 p.m., until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family, for the children, are appreciated. A special thank you to the members of New Crossing Church. 

"Mommy, we love you. You will be in our hearts forever." 

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12/29/09 12:38 AM #1    

Michael Davis

Time can be cruel as the sand continues to fall. Such sad and unexpected news about an old friend.

Carrie made you feel special, validated, first among equals. Hers was a rare quality, so consistent, and it simply left you feeling good about yourself.

Although years have come and gone I will miss knowing that she’s out there. No goodbyes, only good memories.

12/29/09 03:16 PM #2    

Kara Quast (Nelson)

I will always remember the sleep-overs with Tracy, Nintendo marathons, pizza, sneaking menthol cigarettes from your dad, and sneaking out to sit by the fountains under the willows at the old Famous Footwear building. Note passing (I still have some), gossip and the huge crushes on Mr. Nelson and Mike Davis! :)
Hour long phone conversations, Duran Duran, Wham, the endless pig collection, peroxide, frosted pink lipstick, and hanging out at the mall. This is the good stuff that will live on..........Goodbye Carrie.

12/29/09 09:07 PM #3    

Kisha Moore

I can say without exaggeration that she was my very first friend. We had so many good times together, and we laughed so much. Sweet GOD! Did she know how to get into trouble.

She used to like Elvis, and Kenny Rogers and Motley Crue. I remember camp outs in the backyard and all day every day at the pool in the Summer. Skating around on dish washing soap on the kitchen floor, cake fights and that creepy ass doll collection of hers.

We had a falling out a while back and never really found our way past it. I'm always going to treasure the good times and be thankful she was in my life for the time that she was.

12/30/09 12:02 AM #4    

Amie Bresette

I am still trying to wrap my brain around the reality that Carrie has passed. It has been a long time since I have seen her, I carry with me all the wonderful.. fun and holy crap we should have gotten in more trouble for that times.
Her laugh and her smile I have had with me over the years. Her ability to find trouble like noone else... AMAZING... I think I spent most of Senior year grounded... but man we had fun... My family still brings up some of the trouble we managed to get ourselves into to this day...
She was loving and warm and knew how to make you laugh and smile even if you didn't want to.
The sleepovers every weekend... Partys...discussing our secret or not so secret crushes...Driving by boys houses 38 times just to catch a glimpse.. then FREAKING out when they actually saw us...Her Loreal Sea lily pink lipstick that was NOT a good color for ANYONE, but hey it was they 80's....Her Bangs... oh those bangs (they were an art form)...we also snuck her dads menthol cigarettes.(yuck) The creepy doll collection... OMG I remember that..CREEPY...
Most of all I will remember the fun. the laughter and fun. I almost ALWAYS had a good time when I was with Carrie...
My thoughts are with her Mother and Brother and her children.

I will miss you Carrie...

01/02/10 08:09 PM #5    

Mary Shunk (Wichern)

Carrie was one of the people that could make you smile, even when you didn't feel like it...she was a WONDERFUL person - inside and out, and I am struggling to really grasp that she is gone.

I hope that she is at peace, and spending time with her dad again.

She will be missed.

Hugs & Prayers for he mom and children. We are lucky to have an angel like Carrie to look over us.

01/04/10 07:32 AM #6    

Tracy Reese

Carrie...she was my first friend I meet when I moved to the Mad town. She took me under her wing,showed me around and introduced me to her friends. And that is when I meet Kisha, Kara, Debbie, Diane, Ellen, and Darcie. Thanks to Carrie I was accepted quickly and fast..and then the parties began. Camping out in the back yard..waiting for the boys to stop by, biking to Mr. Nelson house (at least 5 miles each way) just to see a glimse or him, Kisha and I walking to Mr. Donuts to get Carrie food, sliding down the hill in the back of my house in the rain, drinking ROOTBEER shnapps for my first drunk, the dolls..oh those dolls and swimming at the pool all summer. Carrie made me laugh and cry but most of all she accepted me for who I was and made me feel special.
My heart goes out to Kurt, her mom and her kids! If you knew Carrie you knew how much children meant to her, so I hope they remember all the good memories of her like we all have:) Rest in peace my sister!

01/04/10 02:53 PM #7    

Kara Wulf (Lacke)

I moved to Madison the summer before 7th grade. I was so nervous going to Jefferson the first day of school. I didn't know anyone! Carrie was pretty much the first person who came up to me and introduced herself. I'll always remember her for that. She was such a nice and loving person. I haven't seen her in many many years but it's so sad that she's no longer with us.

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