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Thomas "Tom" E. Papendorf

November 5, 1943 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Thomas "Tom" Papendorf Obituary

Thomas “Tom” E. Papendorf, age 80 of Caroline passed away early Saturday morning February 10, 2024 at Sun Valley Oak Haven in Shawano. 

Thomas Eugene Papendorf was born on November 5, 1943 in Caroline as the son of the late Hugo and Elwirt (Schwan) Papendorf. He attended grade school in Caroline and graduated from Marion High School. Tom then went on to serve his country in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Janice Meisner on April 21, 1968 in Cecil. Tom and Janice made their home in Caroline where they became members of Zion Lutheran Church. Tom worked as a cheese maker at F.R. Buss & Co Cheese Factory for over 25 years, and then he became known as “Janitor Tom” as he spent many years working for the Marion School District until his retirement. He was a charter member of the Caroline Lions Club and a member of the Blashe-Peters-Tober American Legion Post #456 of Caroline. Tom enjoyed being outdoors; especially when it came to fishing. He loved fishing with Janice and taking trips to Canada. Tom also looked forward to spending time at the Brandt family hunting camp during deer season each year. He enjoyed playing cribbage, selling raspberries, and will be remembered as an easy going guy with a great sense of humor. 

Survivors include: 
His Sons: Tommy (Lisa), Jim (Stacy), and Mike (Ann) Papendorf.
Grandchildren: Matthew (Trisha), Benjamin, Emerson, Easton, Emily, Claire, and Charlie Papendorf.
A Sister: Susan Stuhr.
Brother-in-law: Roger Meisner.
Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Hugo and Elwirt Papendorf, his wife Janice in 2017, a grandson Ethan, a sister Beverly and brother-in-law Ed Elandt, a brother Gordon “Bud” and sister-in-law Darohl Papendorf, brother-in-law Evan “Butch” Stuhr, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Art and Diane Meisner, and sister-in-law Kathy Meisner.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakhaven and Compassus Hospice for their care in attending to Tom’s needs. 

Tom’s funeral service will be held Saturday February 17, 2024 at 11am at the Zion Lutheran Church in Caroline with Rev. Brian Crocker officiating. Military honors conducted by members of the American Legion Post #456 of Caroline will follow the service at the church. Interment will take place at Appleton Highland Memorial Park later on Saturday. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9am until the time of the service. The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Marion is assisting his family.  

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February 17, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
W12804 Cty Rd M
Caroline, WI 54928

Funeral Service
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
W12804 Cty Rd M
Caroline, WI 54928


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