Friday, January 29, 2016



Age: 101

Veronica Waegerle Schaack Carle was born on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1914 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada and peacefully crossed into eternal life on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Sylvan Crossing Assisted Living in Wausau with her loving family at her side and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. She devoted her life to raising and loving her big family and practiced her Christian faith by her gentleness, generosity and acceptance to all she met.

Funeral services for Veronica will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 5, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 5, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Cremainal inurnment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake at a later date.

Veronica was the only daughter of George and Veronica Waegerle; she had one brother George Jr. and a half-brother John. She grew up in Lomira, Wisconsin where she graduated as valedictorian from Lomira High School and went on to beauty school. Upon completion of beautician school, she worked in Fond du Lac. When her father, who was a professional brewmeister moved to Medford, Wisconsin, she went with her parents and it was there that she met a young baseball player named Francis Schaack. They were married on August 26, 1935 in Holy Rosary Church in Medford. The Great Depression was still ravaging the country and their simple wedding reception was held in her parents’ home, where the furniture was moved and pushed back against the walls to accommodate the guests. In 1938, the young couple and their first child moved to Rib Lake, Wisconsin where a new branch of the State Bank of Medford had opened and a new job as assistant cashier awaited her husband, Francis.

Veronica and Francis lived in Rib Lake for many years where they raised their 6 children. Veronica was a full-time housewife and mother. She was also a frequent volunteer at the school, the public library and the Golden Age Nursing Home. She was active in Christian Mothers at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and active in Rib Lake’s Commercial Club. Veronica was affectionately known as Roni to her many friends, whom she loved to have over to visit; and her home was frequently overflowing with out-of-town relatives. She was part of that bygone era where no guest ever left without a good home-cooked meal first. Somehow she managed to always have enough time to care for her big family and still made anyone else who came to her door feel welcomed. In 1974, Francis passed away; and in 1987 Veronica moved to the Wausau area to be closer to her children and their families.

She became a volunteer at Evergreen Elementary School in Kronenwetter and the Aspirus Hospital Gift Shop. She also became active in a seniors bowling league. It was there that she met Richard Carle and shortly after they married on April 22, 1989 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Weston, Wisconsin. She and her husband Richard spent 22 happy years together - bowling, traveling, playing cribbage and visiting with their families. Her husband Richard passed away in January, 2012.

Her entire life, Veronica was always so happy to be with her family and to have visitors. She loved people for who they were and didn’t believe in judging others. She held a firm unshakeable trust in Our Blessed Mother and our Lord. She was a wonderful mother, role model and best friend. She will be sadly missed by us all.

Veronica’s sons and daughters are Carole Blomberg of Estero, Florida; James & Kathy Schaack of Lincoln, California; Gale & James Gilge of Schofield, Wisconsin; Mark & Katie Schaack of Dammeron Valley, Utah; and Mary & Gary Barnett of Schofield, Wisconsin. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. A son, Edward Schaack, and four loving granddaughters preceded her in death.

Veronica’s family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Sylvan Crossing Assisted Living for their compassionate care and special devotion given to Veronica for the past several years. We very much appreciate it.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements.

-For online condolences, please visit