Carol Weigend (nee Hicks) passed away peacefully on June 18th, 2019. Carol was born on August 27th, 1927 to Melvin and Meta Hicks. She attended Milwaukee Girls Trade and Technical High School, which she was very proud of. She married Robert Weigend on April 7th, 1951, and together they raised three sons. Carol loved to organize pictures and scrapbook, and she found great joy in keeping records and organization of everything. She loved camping and traveling with her family. She was always the best at taking care of her home and yard, and worked for Student Transport for many years and loved it. Carol had a special love for dogs, especially her granddog Max.
Carol is survived by her children Rob (Cindy), Donald (Georgianne), and Tom (Deanna); grandchildren Kenneth (Angie) Kimberly, Kelsey (Brian); Great-grandchildren Jillian and Genevieve; and a sister Joyce. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Meta, husband Robert, and her sister Ruth.
There will be a Memorial Service for Carol at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 28th at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI). A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until the time of service. There will be an interment at Graceland Cemetery on Saturday, June 29th at 9:30 AM.
The family would like to thank Emy with Interfaith for her special care and friendship of Mom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated in Carol’s honor to the Washington County Humane Society.
Eulogy for Carol E. Weigend
by Robert E. Weigend, Jr.
June 28, 2019
My mother, Carol Eunice Weigend, passed away gently in her sleep early on a Tuesday
morning this past June 18, at the age of 91 years. I’ve had the pleasure
to live my life along with her for the past 67 years, so when I close my eyes and think of her, I don’t see her as an elderly woman at Riverview Village Senior
Living in Menomonee Falls, but rather I see her as she was throughout her many
decades of life, beginning from when she was a young beautiful woman in her twenties
and thirties. She was tall, with the looks of a model, and she possessed the rebellious energy of a young wife and mother enjoying outdoor activities and travel with her husband, Robert, and her son, Robert Jr. My earliest vivid memories of my mother were from our
two trips to Mexico when I was four and five years old. She walked in the sun, holding my hand as we explored the ruins of ancient temples and the colorful wares in the markets.
Carol belonged to what we now call the “Greatest Generation,” and it is amazing to
realize that she personally experienced some of the most profound events in American
history. She was born in Milwaukee on August 7, 1927 and was only 2 years old when the stock market crashed. While she didn’t understand the stock market crash, she certainly grew to understand the Great Depression that followed. She spent her formative years, from age 3 to 14, learning to do without, to cherish every bite of food, and to
sacrifice for her extended family- several of whom had no income and
moved into her parents’ home because her father, a mailman, was the only person with a job.No wonder in later years she would sternly say things like, “Eat everything on your plate.” She experienced what most of us have not. She was age 14 when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and America entered World War II. During the war she attended
Milwaukee Girls’ Trade and Technical High School,“Girls’ Tech” as she lovingly said, and in later years she served as an officer in the school’s alumni 2 organization. One of her leading school memories was when she performed in a school play–as a scary evil sister - which resulted in her becoming socially very popular among the other students.
Since the men were off to war, more woman in America entered the employment
workforce, and Carol became part of this great movement. Carol admired her aunt Norma, who worked in the movie industry, led a seemingly glamorous life, and became Carol’s role
-model as a strong, independent working woman. After Carol’s high-school graduation,
the war ended and she began her career of employment that lasted throughout her life
. With excellent typing and shorthand skills, she worked in secretarial jobs for many years,
and later in life she became a school bus driver in the Mequon-Thiensville area
for 35 years. When my father, who was a Sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers
stationed in Japan after the war, returned to Milwaukee after his discharge, he met Carol in the basement cafeteria in the Milwaukee Vocational School in October 1949, when she was 22. They were married in 1951, and later that year she gave birth to me.
My brother Don was born 6 years later, and my brother Tom was born 9 years later, and all of us grew up in our house near Concordia Avenue
and 24th Place in Milwaukee.
One of my best memories was that of a month-long family trip we
took to California in 1962 when I was 10, Don was 5 and Tom was 1. We hauled a pop-
up camping trailer and tracked the path west taken by the historic Lewis & Clark expedition, hitting the Pacific Coast, and then traveling south to Disneyland.
Carol was such a loving mother, who would do anything for her children
–and she always insisted that she loved her three sons equally, which led to many amusing family stories. One time she won a contest in the local Piggly Wiggly supermarket which gave her as much free food as she could place in her shopping cart in one minute, and her first action was to rush to the meat department to get Three big sausages
one to give to each of her boys. One Christmas I remember that although only one of us asked for one, she gave each of us a rubber hammer because, as she said, I treat you all equally.