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Carol T. Miller

May 13, 1950 — October 2, 2020

Carol Til Miller nee Krukar, died peacefully at her home in Greenfield, WI on October 2, 2020, with her family at her side. Like her brother and mother before her, she was taken too soon by dementia, Lewy body dementia in her case, but she courageously persevered to the end. Carol was an artsy Milwaukee gal through and through. She grew up on the south side and had a joyful childhood, highlighted by a knack for art and music, and cheerleading for Pulaski High School. She went on to major in art at UWM, teeing up a career in art education. After graduating, Carol taught art in various Milwaukee area K-12 schools for many years with a break during the 80s to raise her kids (“the happiest time of my life,” she said). During the second half of her career, she sold art supplies to and consulted with art teachers across Wisconsin and Illinois. Art instructors from northern Wisconsin to Chicagoland loved and respected Carol for her expertise, passion, and humor. Carol passed on her joy for art and music to everyone around her. Her artwork was a fixture in the households of her friends and family. She sang in various Milwaukee area churches and lounges for decades, right up until her dementia symptoms predominated. Even as dementia took her ability to speak, she sang and hummed her way into her final weeks. Carol loved her family more than anything, and they will miss her terribly. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Luke Skubsch; children Lisa Miller (Cameron Cassidy) of Pleasantville, NY, Daniel Miller (Noel Mickelberry) of Portland, OR, and Ryan Miller (Jill Speer) of Madison, WI; step-daughter Jamie Zellmer of Wauwatosa; grandchildren Adeline and Cullen Cassidy of Pleasantville, NY; and step-granddaughter Tiella Zellmer of Wauwatosa. Because of the pandemic, there will be no service in 2020. As soon as gatherings are safe (hopefully by next summer), the family will hold a service and celebration of Carol’s life in Milwaukee. In the meantime, listen to some of her favorite music (early Carpenters, early Beatles, and Chopin were some of her favorites), or take on an artistic pursuit in her honor, will ya?
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