January 1, 1919 - April 16, 2017
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin | Age 98
Eunice W. Caldwell, age 98, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away at the home of her son Stephen on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 surrounded by her family.
Eunice was born January 1, 1919, in Juneau, the daughter of John and Adela Witte. Upon her graduation from high school in 1936, she was recruited to work as a secretary in the Juneau office of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), later moving to Madison to work in the WPA office there. In Madison, Eunice went on to work for Commonwealth Telephone, and later for the law firm Porter, Jasper.
On March 16, 1944, Eunice married W.J. (Bill) Caldwell and moved to Florida, where her husband was stationed at Eglin Field, a World War II Army Air Corps base near Pensacola, where she was also employed. At Christmastime 1945, they returned to Wisconsin, living first in Juneau, then Baraboo, and finally settling in Beaver Dam. In 1964 Eunice reentered the work force as the secretary at Wilson Elementary School, moving several years later to the position of administrative secretary for the Beaver Dam Unified School District at the Educational Service Center, where she remained until her retirement at the age of 70.
Eunice is survived by her son Stephen (Judi Werner) of Madison, daughter Susan Caldwell Nelson and grandson Alexander Nelson of Westfield, NJ, brother Bud Witte of DePere, and niece Ann Lucas of Newport Beach, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister-in-law Elisabeth Witte.
Funeral services will be held at St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 West St., Beaver Dam, at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
Memorials may be made to the Window Restoration Fund or General Memorial Fund at St. Stephen's or to a charity of your choice. If you wish to send a card, please direct mail to the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, Wi 53916.
Eunice was a longtime member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church and served over the years in many of their organizations. She was very active for many years with Community Concerts and the Beaver Dam Women's Club. She enjoyed close friendships with people of all generations and her loss will be felt deeply by many who will remember her kindness and sympathetic ear. Remarkably, until a bad fall several months ago, she was able to remain in her home due to the assistance of Gale and Pam Prinsen, to whom her family can never express enough gratitude.
"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20