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Carol Jean Longtine

November 24, 1930 - September 21, 2013

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Carol Jean Longtine, 82, of Hayward, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Water's Edge Care Center, following a brief illness.
Carol was born November 24, 1930 in Duluth MN to Merle and Minnie (Wold) Berger. She graduated from Superior Central High School, was accepted into the nursing program at St. Luke's Hospital, and graduated with her R.N. degree in 1952. On June 13, 1953, she married the love of her life, Robert Longtine. They moved to Hayward in 1959, where Bob began his teaching career. When youngest son David started kindergarten, Carol resumed her...

Carol Jean Longtine, 82, of Hayward, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Water's Edge Care Center, following a brief illness.
Carol was born November 24, 1930 in Duluth MN to Merle and Minnie (Wold) Berger. She graduated from Superior Central High School, was accepted into the nursing program at St. Luke's Hospital, and graduated with her R.N. degree in 1952. On June 13, 1953, she married the love of her life, Robert Longtine. They moved to Hayward in 1959, where Bob began his teaching career. When youngest son David started kindergarten, Carol resumed her nursing work at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and its nursing home. With five children to care for, a full-time teacher husband who refereed, coached, and attended school to earn his Masters' degree, Carol had to be highly organized, and she was: her house was immaculate and her checking account balanced to the penny. Her children grew up to be responsible, hardworking adults, thanks to the example Bob and Carol set. Carol cared for years for her aging mother, then later for Bob as he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The care she gave exemplified who she was: patient, kind and selfless. She was a rock in a crisis.
When Bob retired from teaching, they enjoyed traveling to Arizona, Gulf Shores AL, and Hawaii. After his death she continued to spend a few months each year in Gulf Shores where she connected with many old friends and new. She liked the Peoples Bank trips to the eastern U.S., Alaska, and even Germany.
Carol's favorite things in life-after family and friends-were walking, swimming, bridge, golf, the Green Bay Packers, visits to the casino, and chocolate. She was a strong supporter of the American Red Cross blood drive, served in several capacities in the Hospital Auxiliary League, was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and kept the books at the condo association.
Her five children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren will miss her immensely: Laurie Longtine (Steve Schmuki), Waukesha WI, Linda (Scott) Lundberg, Hayward, Steve (Jodi) Longtine Hayward, Paula Chisser (Mark Helander), Hayward, David Longtine, Iowa City IA; grandchildren: Nikki and Krista Lundberg, Arielle, Lindsay, and Britne Longtine, Marta Schmuki, and Jonathan Chisser; and great grandchildren, Zoe, Ethan, Grason and Brayden; many nieces, nephews and friends, friends, friends. Carol charmed everyone she met, and made new friends in Water's Edge Care Center as well as in Assisted Living. Once you became her friend, she kept up with you, too.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Bill, and son-in-law, Cary Chisser.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Carol's name to the American Red Cross, Alzheimer's Association, (local chapters) and First Lutheran Church.
A service to honor Carol's life will be held at First Lutheran Church in Hayward Wisconsin on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Visitation is at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Scott Ludford will officiate