Leona Joyce Olson Amundson, 80, of Boyceville, WI died Friday, December 28, 2012 at her home.
She was born February 16, 1932 in a log house on the family farm in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, WI to George and H. Caroline (Gavin) Olson. She graduated from Prairie Farm High School in 1949. Leona married William James Amundson at Pine Creek Church on August 25, 1951. They had five children: Debra, Victoria, Linda, Michael and Cynthia. The family moved several times over the years. In August of 1969, they moved to Boyceville, WI. After William’s retirement, William and Leona spent their winters traveling in the warmer parts of the country. They enjoyed their time sightseeing as well as doing some antiquing. They were also able to travel to Norway and Sweden. Leona was a wonderful wife and caregiver. She always made sure her family was well taken care of and provided for and took great pride in their accomplishments. She found a special joy in gardening and for many years the flowers at the corner of First and Winter in Boyceville were enjoyed by many friends and neighbors. Leona has been a member of the Lutheran Church all of her life. She was very active in Ladies Aid taking leadership roles, taught Sunday School, Bible School and the Bethel Series and served on several committees. She was also a member in the Sons of Norway Solheim Lodge 278 for many years. She taught cake decorating classes and volunteered with the American Red Cross.
Leona is survived by her children: Debbie (Dan) Oakland of Stoughton, WI, Vicki (Chuck) Maves of Boyceville WI, Michael of Boyceville, WI and Cindy Amundson of Laredo, TX, her grandchildren: Jessica Oakland, Joseph (AnnMarie) Oakland, Angela (Brian) Bishop, Kendra (Jon) Thorson, Aaron Amundson and Kia Amundson and great-grandchildren: Alexandra Lightner, Elizabeth Bishop, Weston Fox, Jaron Bishop, and Colton Thorson, one sister: Adeline Carr of Minneapolis, MN and one brother-in-law: Ronald (Sandy) Amundson of Fort Wayne, IN, as well as many nieces, nephews other relatives & friends. Leona is preceded in death by her husband: William James Amundson, an infant daughter: Linda Marie Amundson, a grandson: Alex Amundson, her parents: George and H. Caroline (Gavin) Olson & a brother: Eugene Olson.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, WI with Pastor Brad Peterson officiating and interment in Pine Creek Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, WI. Visitation was held for the hour prior to services. Arrangements are being made by Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Inc., Dallas and Cameron. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the American Diabetes Association.
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God has not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
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Grace for the trail, Help from above. Unfailing sympathy and Undying love.