Carolyn Jean Farrell, 71, Wausau, died Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Carolyn was born May 12, 1950 in Oshkosh to Frances (Grosskopf) and the late Lawrence Heise. Throughout her life, she worked in the billing departments of various health care organizations. Carolyn was always a very hard-working person, and her resolve to work persisted even when she was not feeling her best.
Carolyn was a very determined person who enjoyed talking about politics and religion, and sharing her views. Her dependable drive meant that if she said she would do something, she would. She was very dedicated to her family and friends. She loved being a grandmother and supporting her grandkids during their various extra-curricular activities. Carolyn was an avid collector of many things. She loved watching the Green Bay Packers, knitting, sewing, and reading. Playing slots was another pastime she enjoyed. Some of her favorite times were spent at The Jewel watching her wildlife “pets”.
Carolyn is survived by her children, Rachel (Tim) Helgerson, Gwendolyn (Kris) Salzwedel and Philip (Amy) Krolow; stepchildren, Shawn (Sara) Farrell and Erin (Justin) Pipgras; grandchildren, Eric (Deliece), Jacob (Cheyenne), Morgan (Chris), Mallory, Jackson, Xander, Porter, Chase, Teagan, Peyton, Piper and Elin; great-grandson, Jordan James; mother, Frances Heise; siblings, Kristine (Bill) Nutter, Jeanne (Bruce) Foster and Claire (Stan) Stanek, and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Burr and Timothy Farrell and infant sister, Gretchen.
The memorial service for Carolyn will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Helke Funeral Home. Hospice Chaplain Jim Hartleben will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.
Sincere appreciation goes to the Palliative Care team and staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their compassionate care for Carolyn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carolyn's memory to the Aspirus Health Foundation - Palliative Care Department (425 Pine Ridge Boulevard, Wausau, WI 54401).