Karol L. Chaves, 71, of Elk Mound, WI passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Eau Claire.

Karol was born on December 21, 1947 to Kenneth and Ione (Goss) Lanphere in Eau Claire, WI. She received bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Police Science and worked as an LPN from 1977 until retiring in 2010. Karol adored spending time with her family, especially at get togethers and holiday gatherings. She enjoyed singing and loved to listen to country music. She was an avid card player and always made sure to watch her favorite TV shows; MASH, Golden Girls, and various gameshows.

Karol is survived by her husband of 40 years, Juan Carlos Chaves; her children: Rick (Stephanie) LaRock, Lori (Andy) Hewitt, and Tony (Michelle Brassfield) LaRock; grandchildren: Heather (Stephen) Allen, Jocelyn (Tony) Stanton, Matthew LaRock, Derek LaRock, Elizabeth Fleming, Tessa Dutton, Sami Dutton, Blake Patneaude-LaRock, Noah Sobottka, and Jenna LaRock; great grandchildren, Kayliegh Stanton and Shawn Allen; Brothers, Jim (Vicky) Lanphere, John (Deb) Lanphere, Daryl Lanphere; and sister-in-law, Christi Lanphere; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Ken Lanphere and Ione Bosher; brother, Dale Lanphere; and sisters-in-law, Julie Lanphere and Cheryl Lanphere.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm at Concordia Lutheran Church with Pastor Aaron Hamilton officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at church on Saturday. Burial will take place at a later date at the Union Cemetery in Cleghorn. Family and friends may leave condolences online at www.smithfuneralec.com.


  1. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Peace, Prayers and Blessings, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

  2. Going to miss that twinkle in your eye, and that smile on your face, when I walk into the room with my Guitar to sing you a song. So many treasured memories of all you have done. Love you with all my heart and soul Karol, you will forever live with in my heart.

  3. Loved her and will miss her! Know she is with loved ones, entertained by Mike W. Family are in my thoughts n prayers.

  4. Juan, I’m saddened to read of Karol’s Karol’s passing on to her eternal life. Karol always had a smile and kind word, whenever I saw her. It has been a while since we seen each other. May you feel comfort in God’s presence and in memories.

    Peggy Klein
    Northland Pines HS Co-Worker
    1983-1984 School Year

  5. Hola, Juan Carlos,

    Siento tanto la pasada a mejor vida de Karol. Me imagino lo difícil que será vivir sin ella a tu lado. Te envío un abrazo y pido que siempre tengas presente los momentos felices que tú y Karol pasaron juntos. Un abrazo de una amiga que te estima,

  6. I know the Lord’s Loving arms surrounded you with warmth and joy when you passed from this life to heaven! ? your love of family and life is beautiful. The smile on your face is a sign of strength, courage, warmth, happiness and Love! ? You will RIP. Til we meet again ✌??
    Prayers and my condolences for all concerned that you will have Peace, comfort and strength celebrating Karols life! ?????

  7. Karol was a wonderful woman who was kind and caring to everyone. She will be deeply missed. Rip dear Karol. Prayers to the family.

  8. Dear Juan Carlos and family
    We are deeply sorry for your loss.We pray for her soul and ask God to bless you all.
    May God give your family comfort and peace on this time
    Ana Maria,Lucila ,Pablo and family

  9. Dear Juan Carlos and family

    We are deeply sorry for your loss.We pray for her soul and ask God to bless you all.

    May God give you comfort and peace on this time

    Ana Maria, Lucila & Pablo and family

  10. I’m very sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace and you. Juan Carlos, May you and the rest of the family find the comfort you need in these difficult moments. She will be missed!!! May the Lord keep her in her rightful place in Heaven!

  11. May God comfort and keep you in His care now and always.

    We were best friends in our growing up years and she remained in my heart all that time and memories never end.

    We will meet again in Heaven.

  12. Mom,
    I love you very much and I miss you everyday! I know how much you suffered the last couple years and I know you are with the Lord and in no more pain, so for that I’m relieved. You were the best mom and you were a wonderful friend and confidant!! I love you!!

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