Carolyn R. Waikel

December 25, 1932 - December 02, 2017

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Friday, April 06, 1:00 PM
St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming


Carolyn Ray Waikel, 84, of Laramie, Wyoming, died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Wolcottville, Indiana.

She was born December 25, 1932, in Huntington, Indiana, to Howard and Evelyn (Hildebrand) Herzog.

After graduating from Huntington High School in 1951, she worked at Western Union in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In 1952 she married Gerald (Jerry) A. Waikel. They were residents of North Webster, Indiana, for several years. When Jerry retired from the State Police in 1976, they moved to Laramie, Wyoming.

She worked as an accounting assistant, and was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral and was involved in making crafts and prayer quilts.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rhonda (Tom) Lund of Laramie, Wyoming, and Monica (Pete) Hochstetler of Wolcottville, Indiana; two granddaughters, Leslie Lund of Laramie, Wyoming, and Rachel Nelson of Delaware; and her sister, Barbara Kline of Huntington, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bill; her husband, Jerry; and grandson, Brian.

She will be inurned at the St. Matthews Columbarium in Laramie, Wyoming.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 6, 2018, at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming, with The Very Rev. Stephen Askew officiating.

Donations are accepted in Carolyn’s memory to Cathedral Home for Children, 4989 North 3rd Street, Laramie, Wyoming, 82072.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville, Indiana, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Kay (Beber) Keefer
December 27th, 2017 9:04am
Fort Wayne,IN

Dear Family of Carolyn, Our sympathy and prayers on the passing of Carolyn. The Herzogs were our neighbors. I have so many wonderful memories of their kindness and generosity to us. My parents were Joe & Katherine Beber. Barbara and Carolyn were a few years older than us Beber kids but we so enjoyed the Herzog Family as our neighbors. I have many wonderful memories of your MOM May she rest in peace.

Jennifer Hammond
December 18th, 2017 10:23pm
New Haven

My deepest condolences in your loss. I will miss her sassiness. May you find the peace you have been missing and may you find comfort in knowing she has returned home to Jerry.

Joyce Hartley
December 18th, 2017 8:28am
Fort Wayne

I loved Aunt Carolyn’s spunk! She will be missed. Sorry for your loss Rhonda and family, Monica and Pete, and Barbara. You are all in my thoughts.

Steve Wainscott (son of Clyde Wainscott)
December 8th, 2017 11:30am
Topeka, Indiana

We had the opportunity to meet your mother once when she surprised mom and dad at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Shipshewana. We have a picture of your mother as she was dancing with dad on that day; her smile speaking to the bond between the two families. Your mom and dad were a dear memory for our parents, rooted in their time with the Indiana State Police. We will always remember your mother's smile when she reconnected with mom and dad on that day in 2003.. Please accept our condolences in your loss.

December 7th, 2017 3:53pm

Rhonda and I have decided to have Mom's memorial in Laramie WY on April 6, 2018. Mom and Dad would have been married 66 years on that date. Seems like the perfect time to join them together again. We thank everyone for your kind words of sympathy and continued prayers.

Barbara Allen Rupley
December 7th, 2017 1:22pm
Huntington IN

I remember Carolyn when I was a child. My grandparents Emil and Ruth Kimmel lived across the alley from the Herzog's and we would visit with Carolyn and Barbara as well at the rest of the family. I am so sorry for your loss, prayers for you and your family.

December 6th, 2017 1:10pm


Sally (Miller) Johnson
December 6th, 2017 12:53pm
North Webster, IN

Rhonda, I'm sorry for the loss of your mother.

Judy Coyle
December 5th, 2017 5:26pm
Chimacum, Wa

Caroline raised two LOVELY daughters with Jerry...Monica and Rhonda. My heart is with both of you. May the peace of your parents rest in your hearts. MUCH LOVE...Judy Coyle

Sharon & Travis Wade
December 5th, 2017 5:10pm
Laramie, Wy

Carolyn was our back yard neighbor. She pointed out shingles flying up twice for us on our garage and we avoided extensive repairs. She also was one of the last few people that knew my mother. My mother passed away in 2000. It gave me comfort to know her memory still lived on in Carolyn; even if it was just a small part. That is what we will do for Carolyn; we will carry on her memory and remember how nice she always was to us.

Jeff and Veronica Giustino
December 5th, 2017 10:37am
Laramie, WY.

Jeff and I miss her stories and her laughter. We started out mowing her lawn in the summer and it turned into a wonderful friendship. She will be missed by both of us..

Dale and Kristin Stillman
December 5th, 2017 9:19am
Rome City, IN

Our condolences to the family. May happy memories bring you peace as time goes by.

Patricia Miles
December 5th, 2017 9:09am

Carolyn has been my friend since 1979. We worked in the same building, and every day I would catch a ride with her for lunch. She lived two houses from my parents. She will be missed, I miss knowing she was just down the street. Rest easy my friend, you are now with Jerry, and hopefully your love letters go with you. My thoughts are prayers are Rhonda and Monica.

Arlene Cassidy
December 5th, 2017 8:41am
Laramie WY

Won't forget her contagious smile any time soon

Sue miller Lori heckler
December 4th, 2017 10:41pm
Rome city ind

Sorry for your loss

Robin White
December 4th, 2017 7:44pm

Lyman Conley
December 4th, 2017 5:22pm
Indiana, IA

A great friend that will be missed! Bless you Carolyn.

December 4th, 2017 5:06pm

We will miss her!