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Carolyn L. Lehman

Carolyn L. Lehman

May 1, 2017

Carolyn Lois Dutter Lehman passed away peacefully on Monday, May 1, at her daughter Caron’s home in Tallahassee, Florida, where she had been residing since fall of 2016. After being diagnosed with cancer, Carolyn spent her final weeks in the care of her daughters and enjoyed visits with her children and grandchildren. In her final moments, she was surrounded by her children Caron, Linda, and Jim, and her grandchildren Joanna Lehman and Michelle Spencer. 

Carolyn was born on February 10th 1927 in rural Mondovi, WI. After graduating from Mondovi High School in 1944, Carolyn completed a secretarial program at Eau Claire Vocational School.

Carolyn married Ken Lehman on July 28, 1945. They had three children: Jim, Linda, and Caron.

Carolyn later worked as a nursing assistant at the Mondovi Lutheran Home and in the office at Mondovi High School. She always enjoyed when former Mondovi students remembered her.

Ken and Carolyn moved their family to their new home on E. Grant Ave in Eau Claire in July of 1966. Carolyn began working as a secretary at UW-Eau Claire in 1967 until her retirement in 1988. 

Carolyn loved cooking and baking, and was known for her lefse, pies, cakes, and potato salad. Her door was always open and she would welcome you with fresh coffee and a delicious fresh baked treat or a home cooked meal at her table. For many years, Ken and Carolyn would go out dancing to polka music on most weekends. When they weren’t dancing, polka music could often be heard playing in their home. 

Carolyn will be missed by her son Jim (JoAnn), daughter Linda (George Brown) of Tallahassee, daughter, Caron Spencer of Tallahassee. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Jenny Studer, Joanna Lehman (Josh Dutton), Julia (Chuck) Caldwell, Pamela (Patrick) Garrett, Christopher (Julie) Brown, Michelle Spencer, and James Spencer (Caroline Gaynor); her great grandchildren Christopher Studer, Rachel Brown, Caroline Smith, Wesley Caldwell, and Beatrix Lehman Dutton; her sister, Dorothy Moe, and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Carolyn is preceded in death by Ken Lehman, her loving husband of 69 years, her parents Bud and Ollie Dutter, and two brothers, Donnie and Alton Dutter. 

The family would like to extend a thank you to the special neighbors and friends of the Mountain Ash Condos in Eau Claire, where Carolyn and Kenny lived for 13 years. 

A memorial gathering and service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 East Fillmore, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12th. Pastor Mark Schulz will be officiating. Friends and family may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Friday at the church. A committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran of Norden Cemetery in the town of Norden near Eleva, WI.  

Memorials may be given in Carolyn's name to Peace Lutheran Church, 501 East Fillmore, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701 or to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308 (www.bigbendhospice.org/donate).

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church from 9 am until the time of service.


Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.