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Carolyn Wilks

Carolyn Wilks

The Dalles, Ore.

December 17, 1918 - April 6, 2015

Carolyn Wilks passed away on Monday, April 6th, surrounded by her loving family.
Carolyn Brandau was born December 17, 1918 in Evansville, Ind. She was the third child born to Henry and Margaret (Stinchfield) Brandau. The family moved to Richmond, Calif., in 1927. She graduated from Richmond High School, Class of 1937.
Carolyn worked at the Stauffer Chemical Company, also known as the CapWorks, where she made ammunition. She was happy to leave that job when she was hired to work for the U.S. Post Office in Richmond.
During her work at the Post Office she met Army Sargeant First Class, John Benjamin, J.B., Wilks, who was stationed at the local Army base. They were married on December 2, 1943 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church.
After the war they moved to J.B.’s hometown, Pierce City, Mo., where they lived for 13 years. They had one daughter, Marolyn, born in 1953.
In 1959 the family moved back to California, eventually settling in Walnut Creek. She was a stay-at-home mother until her husband’s poor health required her to seek paid work. She did a few odd jobs until she was able to return to the Post Office in Concord where she retired in 1981. J.B. died on December 26, 1975.
In the spring of 1982 she married long-time family friend, Robert H. (Bob) Fritz. They split their time together between his home in El Cerrito, Calif., and her home in Walnut Creek, until his death in September 1999.
In 2002, she moved to The Dalles, Ore., to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Bruce Lumper. She settled in the new community quite well thanks to her beloved church, the United Church of Christ Congregational.
Carolyn loved dancing, golfing, traveling, gardening and playing cards (Bridge and Pinochle).
She is survived by her daughter, Marolyn, son-in-law, Bruce Lumper, youngest brother, Albert, along with several nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at The United Church of Christ Congregational on Saturday, April 18th, at 11:30 p.m. Private burial will occur in Pierce City, Mo., this summer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association: www.heart.org or The Dalles United Church of Christ Congregational: www.uccthedalles.org

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