Carol Ann (Walvoord) VanSluys, age 84, went to her heavenly home on April 9, 2018.

Carol was born on May 4, 1933 in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, oldest child of the late M. William and Cornelia (Smies) Walvoord. Carol graduated from Oostburg High School and attended vocational school for drafting. She was employed by R.A. Manning Lighting Manufacturers, drawing light fixtures until 1955. Carol learned to do photo-coloring from Margaret Crocker, wife of Rogers Crocker, a well known Sheboygan photographer, and continued to color photographs until color photography made the job obsolete. Carol married George VanSluys on May 7, 1955. George and Carol made their home in rural Cedar Grove, where George ran his own radio/TV repair business, “George’s Radio & TV”, and Carol had her business, “Carol’s Studio”.

Carol did photo-coloring for many years, but also enjoyed oil painting. She won many awards for her paintings including two “Best of Show” trophies at the Holland Festival Art Fair in Cedar Grove. Many people in the Sheboygan area have a painting by Carol hanging in their home. Another aspect of “Carol’s Studio” was a furniture re-upholstery business that she ran for many years. She also did the bookkeeping for her husband’s business. Carol was quite the “handyman” installing flooring, removing walls, and doing many carpentry type projects in their 1889 home. To make Carol’s life even busier she and George had five daughters.

Carol’s main hobby was reading. She loved her books! She also enjoyed playing the piano and the accordion. Carol was an active member of First Reformed Church, Cedar Grove where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a member of a ladies circle and attended bible studies. Carol’s faith was very important to her.

Carol is survived by four daughters: Sharon VanSluijs, Oregon, WI, JoAnn (Rev. Stephen) Dietzler, Combined Locks, WI, Sandra (Michael) Reisenauer, New Franken, WI, Sue (Thomas) Wolinski, Green Valley, AZ; one son-in-law: Edwin Gildemeister, Random Lake, WI; nine grandchildren: Harmonie (Dale) Foster, Adam Gildemeister, Jonathan Gildemeister, Lance Gildemeister, Samuel Neese, Grace Neese, Angela (Chris) Huenink, Aaron (Lindsay) Radke, Shawn (Carley) Belisle; ten great-grandchildren: Dale Lin Foster II, Anthony Foster, Alexandra Foster, Caitlyn Huenink, Donovan James (DJ) Huenink, Carson Radke, Lauren Radke, Conner Radke, Tristan Radke, and Alexander Belisle. Also sisters/ brother: Evelyn Dahl, WI, Majorie Hoftiezer, IL, Bonita (Douglas) Buteyn, AK, Nelda Silva, NY, Andrew (Mary) Walvoord, TX, Fern VanDriest, MN, Faye Bergmann, IL, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her husband George, her daughter Linda J. Gildemeister, her parents M. William and Cornelia Walvoord and by her brother Henry Walvoord.

Funeral services for Carol will be held on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at First Reformed Church Cedar Grove, 237 South Main Street Cedar Grove, with the Rev. Chris Schaefer officiating. Friends will be received at the church on Tuesday from 11:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be at the Presbyterian Cemetery, Hwy 32 Cedar Grove.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

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The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting the Van Sluys family with arrangements.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of Pine Haven Covenant Home, and Pine Haven Faith Home, Sheboygan Falls, for their excellent care and loving attention to our mother’s needs during the past years. Also, a thank you to Pastor Schaefer and the church family of First Reformed Church Cedar Grove for their countless visits and prayers, and to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for making her last days comfortable.

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