LAUREL ANN KOHL            January 29, 1950 - January 22, 2014 

Taking A Break In The Office With Her Youngest Baby, Shadow
                                                                            Hard At Work In The Office
PLAIN, WISCONSIN

LAUREL ANN KOHL (Miles), age 63, died at St Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin on January 22, 2014, from complications of pneumonia, after a long battle with breast cancer, metasticised to the bones. 

Laurel was born in Santa Barbara, California on January 29, 1950, to Ross and Joya Miles.  She spent the majority of her life in Santa Barbara, until meeting Mike Kohl.  They married on January 15, 1994, and she moved to Wisconsin.  Laurel spent the next 20 years living with Mike in a rural paradise near Plain, Wisconsin.  Together they ran a mail order and consulting business called Global Communications, specializing in the sale of satellite reception equipment.

This country location allowed Laurel to pursue many of her passions including gardening, and she excelled at raising daylilies.  She became a self-taught expert at identifying birds and other wildlife, having a special place in her heart for animals.  Other hobbies included quilting, sewing, and photography.  Photography was used to document  her daylily hybridizing, as well as the numerous wildlife that happened to pass by.  Laurel had a green thumb and had a vast working knowledge of plants from her native California, but also the Midwest.  She was a member of the Wisconsin Daylily Society as well as the Bloomin' Buddies Garden Club in Spring Green.   Laurel was a computer geek long before it became fashionable, a fan of Star Trek and many other science fiction shows,  Satellite reception and scanning the internet connected her with many things British and Canadian.  She had a thirst for knowledge about nature, and willingly shared it with her friends.  As a former equestrian rider, Laurel used these communications connections to stay in touch with that sport.  Her show horse "Brandy" spent the last of her years on the property, in quiet retirement.


  (Above) Dressed Up For A Charley Pride Concert              (Below), With Her Mother Joya and the Man Himself

 
Laurel is survived by her husband Michael Kohl, of Plain, Wisconsin, and a sister, Jaqui Miles, of Tustin, California.  In addition, she had three nieces:

Kimberley Mathews and her husband Dan, of Ventura, California, with her children Heather Flick, Christopher Flick, Justin Flick, and Jaqui Flick.

Sybil Jorgensen and her partner Simon Brown, of Chula Vista, California, and her son Stephen Carpenter of Tannersville, New York.

Joya Walach of Long Beach, California.

Also brother-in-law David Kohl and his wife Naomi, of Becker, Minnesota, with their children Jacob Kohl, Mariah Kohl, and Dylan Kohl.

Sister-in-law Kathy (Kohl) Schmidt and her husband Rick, of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Sister-in-law Mary (Kohl) St. Mary and her husband Todd, of Eagan, Minnesota.

Sister-in-law Rebecca (Kohl) Burdolski and her husband Dennis, of Bismarck, North Dakota, with their children Elizabeth Burdolski, Hope Burdolski, and Lisa Burdolski (now deceased).  

Laurel was preceded in death by her parents Ross and Joya Miles.
 
                                              Mike and Laurel, Moving Her Mother From Santa Barbara
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the health care professionals at St Mary's Hospital in Madison, St Clare Hospital in Baraboo, and Sauk Prairie Hospital in Sauk City, with special recognition to the Oncology Department of the Dean Health System for their efforts that succeeded in keeping Laurel alive while undergoing chemotherapy for the last 3 years.  All of these people and many other unsung heroes made it possible for Laurel to make the best of a very bad cancer situation.  They shall be forever remembered for their compassion and friendship.

A memorial service will be held at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 26184 Executive Lane, in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family through Peoples Community Bank in Plain, Wisconsin.
(Telephone  608-546-2001).  Otherwise, we encourage donations in Laurel's memory to the ASPCA, or any local animal shelter.  All animals are God's creatures and Laurel would appreciate anything that you can do to help the less fortunate among them.
 
                                                                     Laurel In Her Sewing And Quilting Room
                                                                       Laurel and Brandy in Wisconsin
         
                                                                    Laurel and Brandy in California
   Laurel With Her Previous "Babies"  Stresa, Missy, Scratch and Squeak          Stresa (top left) Survives Laurel and Greatly Misses Her