Carol A. Oja, September 10, 1934 - February 15, 2021

Carol A. Oja
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Carol Alice Oja, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 15, 2021. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Hugo. 

Carol was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on September 10, 1934 to Ernest and Alice (Johnson) Fostveit where she grew up and graduated from Ishpeming High School.  She went on to receive her Teaching Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan College. 

She married Hugo Oja on August 27, 1955 and they raised their 5 daughters in Ishpeming, Michigan and then later in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. After college Carol stayed home to raise their daughters. 

Carol loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting.  She always had baked goodies ready for anyone who stopped by for a visit. Carol’s faith was very important to her and she was active in the Lutheran church. She is remembered for her quiet, sweet nature and always having a gift in hand for you. She will be deeply missed! 

Carol is survived by her 5 daughters, Vicki (Wayne) Ewer of Ladysmith, WI; Ellen (Gerard) Schueller of Ladysmith, WI; Julie (Keith) Swadburg of Dillon, CO; Diane (Scott) Warren of Hudson, WI; and Laurie (Jay) Dorenkamp of Woodbury, MN; 10 grandchildren, Jessica, Jamie, Jed, Julie, Kayla, Ethan, Bridget, Ben, Austin, and Alec; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

A private funeral service will be held for immediate family at a future date. Memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or The Alzheimer’s Association. 

 Friends and family may offer condolences online at Arrangements are with Hulke Family Funeral Home in Eau Claire, WI.


  1. Chuck Toman March 3, 2021

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I will remember her as such a sweet lady. Our prayers are with your family.

  2. Bill and Anita Stoughton February 27, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy to your family on the passing of Carol. She was such a sweet, kind person. We thought so much of her and Hugo and especially enjoyed seeing them at concerts in Eau Claire. So many caring thoughts are with all of you. Sincerely Bill and Anita Stoughton

  3. Robin and Jonathan Jarvi February 19, 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on the passing of Auntie Carol.She was always so kind and welcoming. She is at peace now and back with Uncle Hugo.
    Take care
    Jonathan and Robin

  4. Rev. Christine Emerson February 17, 2021

    When I read Carol's obituary, I read these words: "She is remembered for her quiet, sweet nature and always having a gift in hand for you." Those are close to the exact words I spoke to a person about Carol before I even read her obituary. Carol was that person - so kind, sweet-natured. Her and Hugo were quite the wonderful pair - Hugo the hugger and talker, Carol the supporter and never saying a word of unkindness. I"m so thankful to have had Carol a part of my life at St. John's. She will be missed and remembered. Jim and I send so many wishes for comfort, that Christ may go with you and help you through this time of loss. Pastor Christine Emerson