Audrey Mae Erma Karsteadt, 79, of Howards Grove, Wis., died Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Audrey was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Manitowoc County to Lester and Alice (Schmidt) Schumacher. She was baptized Dec. 19, 1934, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wis., and confirmed March 21, 1948, at St. John/St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Wis.

Audrey attended grade school in a one-room school in Hika Bay and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1953.

On Aug. 22, 1953, Audrey married the love of her life, Jerome Karsteadt, at St. John/St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cleveland. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in August of 2013.

Audrey and Jerry farmed many years in the town of Herman.

Audrey retired after working 30 years at the Kohler Co. She was a member of the Quarter Century Club.

Audrey was an avid trapshooter, winning numerous titles in Sheboygan County, the UAW, and the surrounding area. Audrey shot on a men’s team in which all shooters shot a perfect 25. In 1968, Audrey and Jerry won the State Husband and Wife title.

Audrey enjoyed fishing, especially on Lake Michigan on the Jer-Aud. After retiring, fishing trips to Canada were also enjoyed.

Audrey loved the Packers, and enjoyed reading, dancing, and crocheting.

In retirement, Audrey and Jerry traveled extensively in the U.S. with their fifth wheel, spending the last several years in Casa Grande.

Audrey was a member of Immanuel UCC, rural Plymouth. Audrey participated in small group ministry and the prayer shawl group.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Wilbert Casper; stepsister, Rosemary Leonhard; fatherand mother-in-law, Gaylord and Ida Karsteadt; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Karsteadt.

Audrey is survived by her husband, Jerome; daughter, Gail (Mike) Gottsacker of Elkhart Lake, Wis.; son, Gary (Charisse) Karsteadt of Tomahawk, Wis., and daughter, Pat (Karl) Nauschutz of Howards Grove; grandchildren, Jason Gottsacker, Jennifer (Dave) Klinzing, Megan and Zachary Nauschutz; great-grandson, Gavin Klinzing; sister, Barbara (John) Wildeman; stepbrother, Richard (Janice) Casper of Fond du Lac, Wis.; step brother in-law, Wally Leonhard of Cleveland, Wis.; and nephews, aunts, cousins, friends and their dog, Shayna.

A memorial service for Audrey will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, W3694 County FF, Plymouth, with the Rev. Frederick Trost officiating.

Friends may call on Saturday, at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Inurnment will be in the Garden of Peace Mausoleum.

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