Beverly A. Simonson
Beverly Ann Simonson, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 30, 2012. She was born February 29, 1924 in Vernon County, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Thompson) Fladhammer. Beverly enjoyed being a “Leap Year” baby saying most years she celebrated for 2 days, the 28 th and the 1 st of the month. Beverly graduated from Viroqua High School in 1942. She attended Vernon County Teachers College. On September 19, 1942, she married Burnie Simonson who preceded her in death.
Beverly was baptized, confirmed and married in Immanuel Lutheran church, Viroqua. A person of strong faith, she taught Sunday School and as a young mother she would take her 3 small children with her each Sunday to sit with her while conducting classes. In her later years, she was very active in the Priscilla Circle at Good Shepherd Church in Viroqua. She loved her vacations: visiting her brother’s home in California and her son’s home in California; she also enjoyed raising flowers, reading cookbooks, taking walks with her Pug dog, Daisy Mae, and volunteering at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, WI. An independent spirit, she instilled a strong work ethic in each of her children. Beverly worked at the Vernon County Asylum and Vernon Manor doing patient care and Vernon County Tobacco Warehouse.
Beverly will be remembered as a cheerful person always willing to help others, a great cook who loved to make rosettes, sunbakles, lefse, homemade soup; no one ever left her table hungry. She loved to dance, and for many years you could find her on the dance floor with her best friend, Orben Olson. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her great pleasure and she loved each of them in her own unique way.
Beverly is survived by her 2 children, twins, son Dennis (Diane) Simonson of Clovis, CA and daughter Dianne Kurtz of Onalaska, WI, daughter-in-law Louise Simonson of Westby, WI, her 7 grandchildren, Brandon (Denise) Simonson, Bradley (Jenny) Simonson, Jeffrey Kurtz, Julie (Michael) Messerole, Jennifer (Chris Hansen) Kurtz, Melanie (Matt) Lang and Daniel (Amy) Simonson, her 12 great-grandchildren, Amber and Cameron Simonson, Jordan, Jeremy and Janelle Kurtz, Anna and Adam Messerole, Jamie Hansen, Zachary and Alexander Lang, Alana and David Simonson, her brother, Bernard Fladhammer, Ramona, CA and many other relatives and good friends. She is preceded in death by her son David Simonson, her parents and her step-brother DeVerne Fladhammer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Heart Association, Diabetes Foundation or Maplewood Assisted Living in Viroqua.
Her children and grandchildren would like to thank Maplewood Assisted Living and Dr. Radcliffe for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother. Mom truly enjoyed the music, the Bingo games, the crafts, Bible study and all the love shown to her these last 4 years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Maplewood Assisted Living Chapel. The Reverend Dr. Steven Fossum will officiate with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel prior to the service.
The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.