Carl H. Voigt

Carl H. Voigt, 96, went home peacefully to his Lord and Savior in heaven, surrounded by his family, on Friday, October 20, 2023, while under the care of Aspirus Hospice at Copperleaf Assisted Living of Marathon. He is now another guardian angel to his family.

Carl was born January 22, 1927 on the family farm, son of the late Arnold F. and Herta E. (Plisch) Voigt. On May 31, 1952, he married Joyce E. Zastrow at St. John Lutheran Church, Town of Hamburg. Carl and Joyce celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage in the summer of 2020 before Joyce’s passing later that same year. Joyce was Carl’s one and only love in his life. They were a perfect match, made just for each other.

Carl worked on the Voigt family dairy farm, along with logging, from his teenage years, and he ran the farm throughout his adult life. He became a musician, Concertina Carl, in his early 40s, after taking only three concertina lessons. He also loved yodeling, which he learned at age 9. He was a frequent performer at area events, parties, and parades, both with his band, Concertina Carl and the Boys, and on his own, as well as for his family at home. He was also a loving daycare provider with his wife for all seven grandchildren. After his retirement from farming, he enjoyed spending time on the farm with his wife, children, and grandchildren, visiting with countless friends, gardening in his victory garden, making breads and wines, canning pickles and jellies, and performing at various nursing homes in the area.

Carl was very active in his community and church throughout his life. He was a charter and long-time member for both the Hamburg Fire Department and the Berlin-Hamburg Lions Club. Through his work with the Lions, he received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship award. This award is the highest form of recognition to those who embody humanitarian ideas, consistent with the nature and purpose of the Lions. He served as the Tail Twister and chaplain for Lions meetings and always had great faith in leading in prayer before meetings and dinners. He was also a life-long member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hamburg, having been baptized and confirmed there, and he was a devout follower of Jesus, including reading the Bible daily.

Survivors include four adoring children: Jeffrey Voigt, Hamburg, Randall (Kay) Voigt, Wausau, Rhonda (John) Altfillisch, Hamburg, and Valerie (John) Stubbe, Hamburg; seven cherished grandchildren: Nicole (Ben) Krenz, Danita (Nick) Hahn, Gina (Derek) Grenfell, Brodie (Samantha) Altfillisch, Brandice (Alex) Clauff, John Carl Stubbe and Samantha (Tyler) Hamann; 14 treasured great-grandchildren: Lydia and Carly Krenz, Alexander, Bennett, and Connor Hahn, Charlotte, Louisa, and Adelaide Grenfell, Clara, Artemis, and Cedric Altfillisch, Cecelia and Elijah Clauff, and Porter Hamann, with another great-grandson Hamann due 11/20/23; and one sister, Lola Schmidt, Wittenberg.

Besides his wife, parents, and mother and father-in-law, John and Clara Zastrow, Carl was preceded in death by an infant son and an infant great-granddaughter, Elaine Hamann, along with nine brothers and sisters: Doris Staus, Delores Scheu, Marion Haehlke, Lorraine Rusch, Mae Mathwich, Earl Voigt, Donald Voigt, Lois Achterberg, and Edward Voigt.

Funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, November 4, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 135237 CTH A, Marathon, WI 54448, in the Township of Hamburg. Visitation will also be held at the church on Friday, November 3, from 4 to 8 PM, as well as on Saturday, November 4, beginning at 9 AM to the time of the service.

The family would like to thank the Aspirus Hospice staff, especially RN Cathe, for their compassion and kindness at a time when we needed it most. Also thank you to the staff at Copperleaf in Marathon for their care and kindness.  

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