Carla Drews, of Aniwa, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was 60 years old. She was born on May 31, 1957 in Wausau, a daughter of Harold and Rita (Meilahn) Norton who reside in Wausau. She married James Drews on November 1, 1986 in the Town of Harrison. He survives.
She was a graduate of Wausau West High School with the class of 1975.
As a young lady Carla worked as a dental assistant prior to raising her daughters. She later worked in Antigo at Fittante Taxidermy, Draeger Chiropractic and Lakeside Pharmacy. Her work continued at Central Wisconsin Firearms in Wausau, Top Brass in Wittenberg and finally Menards in Antigo.
Carla was a volunteer First Responder for the Birnamwood Fire Department and later was a certified Emergency Medical Technician for Birnamwood and City of Antigo Fire Departments.
She was a member of the National Rifle Association and was a certified NRA Instructor.
She valued time spent with her grandchildren.
She took pride in living off the land by gardening, canning and hunting. She had a heart of gold which was shown by helping many rescued animals.
Survivors including her husband and parents are two daughters, Sarah (Craig) Hutchinson of Yuma, Arizona, Gretchen (David) Krueger of Antigo; two grandchildren Kyra and Reis Hutchinson; two sisters, Sheree (Mark) Schaefer of Wausau, Jaci Seliger of Marathon; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Stephen Paul, II and Robert Seliger.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday August 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services all at the funeral home.
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Dear Jim, Gretchen and Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Carla!!! I didn't get to the funeral to be able to express our deepest and heart felt sympathy to you and your family. Gretchen I wish I could have been there to give you the biggest hug and to tell you that things will be ok in time. Carla was a dear friend in high school and had a heart of gold and was always smiling!! We all will miss her dearly!! Love and sympathy to all of you and time will heal but remember she is always here with you all!!
Deepest sympathy, Dan and Cindy Lex
i went to west with carla at west, although i was a year ahead of her. had alot of friends in rib mt so i saw her often. ran into carrie(maiden name carrie roll ) awhile back and she told me carla was battling cancer. my ma had cancer off and on for ten years so i know the ups and downs of the disease. stopped at carrie's house after work on thurs to let her know that the obit was in wed paper in case she had missed it. said that she had talked to sally ( beste) and was aware. i will always remember her as the little hottie she was in school. mike raulusonis
Carla in her natural environment.
I did not need to meet Carla in person to get to love her. BE AT PEACE!!
When going thru EMS training. I had the good fortune to meet this amazing woman. Carla. She always has that big smile and a even bigger heart. I am going to miss her. Thank you Lord for sharing this amazing woman with the world. Her husband, children and grandchildren are hurting terribly now. So please Lord I pray wrap them in your healing embrace and bring them peace in their time of sorrow.
So sorry for your loss. Carla was a kind and wonderful person. We are forever grateful for the kindness she gave to our family when we moved to Birnamwood. Always had a smile and was so positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Del and Donna Hoffmann Versailles, Mo.
Jim and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
What I will remember most about Carla is her laugh and her kind and generous heart. I have a video I took last winter and although Carla was only briefly on camera, her laugh and encouraging words can be heard loud and clear. I have listened to it again and again and will keep and treasure it always.
Thing to Remember of Carla. She was tough, resilient, determined, caring, and most of all Loved!
Thoughts and prayers go out to Carla's family. She was a wonderful, loving and caring person. xo
So sorry to hear about Carla's passing. She was a warm, kind person filled with light and love. As others have said in these posts, her smile could certainly light up a room! Prayers up for peace and comfort for her family.
Dearest Jim, Gretchen, Sarah and Families
We are so sorry to hear about Carla please know that your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Kay and Ron Weix
So very sorry to hear about Carla passing.
Our hearts just break for you and your family.
Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to your whole family.
She always had a smile that could light up the room.
Jay and Amy Nowak
Carla was the woman who lit up the room by walking in. Her smile, her kindness and generosity will always be remembered. I know how much she will missed as a daughter, a wife, a mother and a sister and a friend to all who met her.
External rest grant onto her and let perpetual light shine upon her.
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