Abbie Jean (nee Oelke) Carter was born to eternal life on September 22, 2020 at the age of 74 years and 7 months in Milwaukee, WI. Abbie was born in Fond du Lac, WI. She earned a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in June 1968. While completing her degree, Abbie met the love of her life, Sam, during his church mission trip from Indiana to Wisconsin. She and Sam spent time together while traveling between Princeton, WI (her home town) and his home in West Lafayette, IN, and they eventually married and had fifty-one years of a loving marriage. Abbie taught for a short period of time in Milwaukee before becoming a full time mom. As the kids grew, she also enjoyed getting back into the workforce, including working at Sears, the Journal Sentinel, and the WELS Extension Fund office for many years.
Abbie lived her faith not just as a wife and mother, but with her church family as well. She energetically served in many roles at Good Shepherd’s, including working in the school office, assisting teachers with various projects, working with Sam by typing up church meeting minutes or completing financial statements, or even filling envelopes. She also took on larger roles within the church office and in leading efforts for many years with the altar guild. Abbie is survived by her two children, Brian (Kate) Carter and Heather (Doug) Pagel, four grandchildren (Adam, Kayla, Elise, & Regan), and her two sisters, Sharon (Fred) Kaping and Nancy Stuhr, as well as many additional loved ones.
MEMORIAL VISITATION- Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 4-7PM @ Good Shepherd’s EV Lutheran Church (1235 S. 100th St. West Allis).
(Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date)