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“If ever there comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie-the-Pooh
Carl R. Rindfleisch, age 90, of Wild Rose, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, with his wife by his side at Bethany Home, Waupaca, WI. He was born in Beloit, WI to John F. and Evelyn (Barden) Rindfleisch on February 25, 1933. He went thru the Beloit School System, graduating in 1950. Carl served 4 years in the US Navy, with 3 ½ years aboard the newly commissioned USS LST Tioga County. He was a proud plank owner of that ship at the time of his discharge in 1956 with the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. He married Donna London on October 6, 1956 in Clinton, WI. Carl was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to deer hunt, fish, and took one elk hunting adventure. He looked forward to his ice fishing trip to Minnesota every March with Mike, Greg, and Roger, until his health prevented it. He loved teaching youngsters to respect and love natures great outdoors. He volunteered for over 20 years as a counselor for the Clinton Middle School 6th grade Camp Program at Upham Woods, the Dells. Carl served on both the Clinton and Turtle Township Volunteer Fire Departments for several years. For several years, he volunteered at the Angel Museum in Beloit, WI. He lovingly had the patience to glue back together any broken or chipped Angels, plus whatever else they asked of him. Carl retired from the Wisconsin Power & Light Co after 36 years as an Operator working in both the Rock River and Blackhawk Plants. His working career began helping out in the family business, Rindfleisch Greenhouse and Rindfleisch Floral Shop. He was delivering flowers at the age of 14, driving the business’s truck even before he had a driver’s license. His love of flowers and growing them remained throughout his lifetime. He was happiest when he had dirt under his fingernails. He shared his love for nature and the environment with both of his daughters plus the love of caring for rescue pets. He loved helping his children and grandchildren with major projects for school. He made suggestions, but always encouraged them to do the work. Carl was a proud follower of his grandson’s sports and his granddaughter’s competitive dancing, and attended every event he possibly could. Carl was known by family, friends, and neighbors for his popcorn making skills. Everyone looked forward to a bag or two of his popcorn. He was a quiet and kind, gentle soul who left an impression on all who met him.
Carl is survived by his wife of 67 years, Donna London Rindfleisch; daughters Cathi Sullivan and Trish (Mike) Kuehnl; grandchildren Noah “Big Guy” Sullivan (Andrea Mirchef) and Sophie “Honeybunch” Sullivan; sister-in-law Gloria Rindfleisch; he was a second father figure to several friends: Jennifer, Christine, Teri, Jeanne, Amy, Patty, and Jeff; many beloved cousins, over 100 nieces and nephews, beloved family, and friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Carlene; 2 brothers John C.W. and Douglas P. Rindfleisch; sister Janet Juliao and her husband, Ricardo; nephew Terry London, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, and several cousins.
The family would like to extend a sincere and heart felt thank you to the entire staff of the 2nd floor at Bethany Home in Waupaca for the wonderful loving care they gave to Carl.
An outdoor remembrance will be held at Carl’s favorite place to relax, gather his thoughts, and eat: Chapel in the Woods, at the Red Mill, Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. N2190 County Road K Waupaca, WI 54987. A Celebration of Carl’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church, 23184 Bergen Road, Poplar Grove, IL 61065 (Just south of Clinton, down Highway 140, to Stateline.) Friends will be received on Saturday at Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Full Military Burial Rites at East Lawn Cemetery, following services. Carl will be laid to rest next to his young daughter Carlene Marie Rindfleisch. Memorials in Carl’s name may be given to the Red Mill Waterwheel Foundation, for the restoration of the Wheel. Mail to: The Red Mill, P.O. Box 47, Waupaca, WI 54987. Please mark: In Memory of Carl Rindfleisch.
Red Mill Waterwheel Foundation
P.O. Box 47, Waupaca WI 54987