Carol A. Henderson

PORTAGE - Carol A. Henderson, age 70 of Portage, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Tivoli in Portage.

Carol was born on December 4, 1950, in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Edward and Emily (Papier) Jankowski. She recently celebrated her 70th birthday at Tivoli surrounded by her family. Carol attended St. Mary’s school until her 8th grade graduation. She continued onto Portage High School where she graduated in 1969.
In high school, she met the love of her life, Stephen (Steve) Henderson. They married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Portage on August 22, 1969. Soon after their marriage, she followed Steve to Gelnhausen, Germany, where he was stationed in the United States Army Armored Division from fall, 1969 to 1972.
Carol enjoyed raising her family at their home on Albert Street in Portage. Beginning in 1995 Carol and Steve built, owned and operated North View Manor Assisted Living in Portage until 2004. In 2006, Carol and Steve moved to the Madison area where they made their new home until the time of Steve’s death. Carol enjoyed bowling, going to Ho-Chunk, cruises, crafting, and watching the Food Network channel.

Carol will be sadly missed by her family. She is survived by her daughter, Angie (Donavan) Dittberner, of Wautoma; her sons, Steve (Amanda) Henderson and Lee (Tina Ladron) Henderson of Portage; her granddaughter, August (Joseph) Walkowski, of Appleton; her brothers, Robert (Donna) Jankowski, of Portage; Mark (Kathy) Jankowski, of Portage; sister-in-law, Ann Jankowski, of Waukesha; sisters-in-law, Jean (Scott) Oren, of Portage; Susan (Larry) Goodman, of Portage; brother-in-law, Al Gilbertson, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Carol was proceeded in death by her parents, Edward and Emily Jankowski, her nephew, Randy Jankowski, her brother, Jim Jankowski, mother-in-law, Dorothy Henderson, husband, Steve Henderson, nephew, Daniel Jankowski, sister-in-law, Jane Gilbertson, and father-in-law, Harold Henderson.

The family would like to thank a few special caregivers that went the extra mile to care for Carol during her illness; Chelsea, Jen, and Karla (Tivoli), Charlotte (Aspirus), Dr. Deering, Denise and Nancy (UW Health). Funeral services will held privately on Friday, December 18 at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral home in Portage. Father Gary Krahenbuhl will be presiding over the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia County Humane Society in Carol’s name.


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