Carolyn L. Yanke, 75, of Prairie du Sac, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at Sauk Prairie Healthcare from chronic interstitial lung disease.

She was born May 26, 1943, in Madison, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Erma (Reinecke) Collins. Carolyn graduated from Middleton High School in 1961. She was united in marriage to James H. Yanke on July 13, 1963. He preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2012.

Carolyn was a homemaker and mother and then returned to school, graduating with a bachelors degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. She was employed by Central Wisconsin Center, became a registered dietitian and finished her 19-year career with University of Wisconsin Housing as an assistant food service director, menu planning, before retiring in 2006.

Carolyn was a seamstress, cook, and baker. She served as a 4-H foods leader for many years, fashioned many articles of clothing and took up quilting later in life.

She is survived by a son, Herb (Cathy); a daughter, Aletha (John) Ballweg; five grandchildren, Matthew and Renee Ballweg, and Beth, Jeff and Katie Yanke; her siblings, Ginger Collins of Grand Haven, Michigan, Jean (Ed) Mick of Beaver Dam, Roger (Mary) Collins of Stoughton, and Mary (Mark Martin) Collins of Oregon; sister-in-law, Eunice Yanke of Prairie du Sac; nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Donna and David Nelson and daughters; and her brother-in-law Ken Yanke.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Sauk Prairie Healthcare for their respectful, supportive and compassionate care.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday April 25, 2019, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1548, 100 Oak St., Prairie du Sac, with Pastor Sally Williams officiating. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Hooverson Funeral Home, 251 Water St., Sauk City and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Worship at Bethel.


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