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Beverly Solberg

February 05, 2019

Beverly Solberg Beverly (Thompson) Solberg
ETTRICK -- Beverly Solberg passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, eight days before her 93rd birthday.
We are sharing the story of her life in her own words:
I was the firstborn child of Mildred O. (Linderud) and Arthur O. Thompson, French Creek, rural Ettrick. I was born in the Whitehall hospital. My sister (Genevieve) LaMae Mikelson was my only sibling, and the two of us had a very close relationship throughout life. I lived on a farm and attended Wayside School for eight years before graduating from Galesville High School, the class of 1944. The first year the school bus came on Linrude Road was the year I started high school. I loved everything about my school years, and decided to pursue a degree as an elementary education teacher. Some of my favorite things as I was growing up were butterscotch pie on my birthday, Bible Camp at Chetek, and shopping trips to Winona.
I graduated from La Crosse Teachers College, as it was known at that time. After graduating, I taught fifth grade in Galesville. I married Francis R. Solberg in 1948. We spent the first years of our marriage in Ettrick and Whitehall. After my dad had a massive heart attack and could not continue farming, we returned to the farm where I had grown up and purchased the farm where I live now. Francis and I continued a dairy farm operation until retirement. I did some substitute teaching and tutoring.
We especially enjoyed the time when our children Pauline, Ralph, and Ryan were growing up. My most important job was being a good wife and mother and instilling values in my children. I have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
I have been active at French Creek Lutheran Church, serving as president of the women's group three times, teaching Vacation Bible School, was Superintendent of the Sunday School, and served on the Endowment Foundation. I have special memories of the long train trip to Portland, Ore., as a church delegate. Francis and I enjoyed many years as general leaders of the Frenchville Cloverleaves 4-H Club.
I was a charter member of the Sons of Norway in the Blair area and enjoyed planning the programs and meeting new and old friends throughout the years. Francis and I enjoyed riding on the floats.
In retirement we enjoyed traveling by car and by bus. Francis loved to drive and was not concerned about traffic in the cities. I especially enjoyed trips to Washington, D.C., the Smoky Mountains, New York and New England in the fall, and our special trip to Scandinavia.
Francis and I had a wonderful life together. We were married over 65 years.

Beverly and Francis were admired for their special loving partnership and were known to show a genuine interest in young parents and their children. Beverly was strong in her faith, friendly, caring, patient, kind, and gifted in leadership, with a strong work ethic.
Remembering her with love include Pauline (Ron) Haug, Sparta, Ralph (Renee) Solberg, Kasson, Minn.; Ryan (Susan) Solberg, Arlington Heights, Ill.; grandchildren, Kari (Brian) Eickhoff and great-grandchildren, Audrey and Emmett; Leah (Corey) Christofel; Erik (Shelby) Solberg; Matthew and Alexander Solberg; niece, Dawn (Jeff) Stroh; and children, Emily and Daniel and Solberg; nieces and nephews, Ron, Colette, Roxanne, Wanda, Steve, Jerry, Dan, Mary, Pat, Gordon, Gene (deceased), Eric, Leon, Joan, Terry, Scott, Peggy; and cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis in 2013, her dear sister, LaMae (Waldo) Mikelson; cousin, Marjorie (Allen) Redsten; and Francis' siblings, Arnold (Alvera) Solberg, Lillie (Hiram) Haugen, Vivian (George) Shay, Geneva (Paul) Barnes, and Leona (Casper) Erickson; and dear ones.
The family thanks many loving caregivers, staff at Gundersen Health System, Marinuka Manor employees, Pastor Anna, relatives, friends, and neighbors for their kindnesses.
Memorials may be designated to French Creek Endowment Foundation or Gundersen Medical Foundation.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at French Creek Lutheran Church, N23007 County Road T, Ettrick. The Rev. Anna Sorenson will officiate, with burial in French Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., one hour before the time of service. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on February 9, 2019
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10 posts

Deborah Baker and Joseph Benacci
Feb 14, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Beverly always brought a smile to us and was truly dear to us. To Pauline, you are a remarkable women and such a wonderful daughter.
Joan Matchey Blair Wi.
Feb 11, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family. My Mom, Marian Knutson ,was a teacher at Wayside School in French Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Solberg would often stop to say hello during the years I worked in the customer service department at Dayton's. They always brightened the day. Enjoyed seeing them on Sons of Norway float at Cheese Fest also.
Audrey (Solberg} Hanson
Feb 09, 2019
Beverly was a very special and kind person. I'm certain that she will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathy to all of her family.
Feb 09, 2019
I would see Beverly when we visited Grandma Milly at Marinuka. Always a sweet smile. God bless at this difficult time.
Deb Becker-Galewski
Feb 09, 2019
With tears streaming down my face, I am flooded with memories of Beverly and family. Beverly was such a mentor. Mom enjoyed visiting with you, Pauline, and your mom in Stevens Point. She appreciated that you brought your mom there to visit. She has also enjoyed your phone calls and family updaters. I will miss Beverly and feel very blessed to have had her in my life.
Patty Culpitt
Feb 09, 2019
I just loved assisting Bev with her daily routine as a former CNA at marinuka. She was fun to visit with. Take care Pauline God bless you & your family.
Feb 09, 2019
Thoughts and Prayers to All. I met Beverly when my Mom-In-Law was at Marinuka October - November. What a sweet friendly women Beverly was. She and I often chatted in the hallway as we passed each other and I truly enjoyed our short little visits...she always made me smile.
Sylvia Finch
Feb 09, 2019
I knew Beverly and her husband Francis during my time with the Sons of Norway. They were wonderful friends and I enjoyed every minute with them. My deepest condolences.
Ann Everson
Feb 09, 2019
Sorry to hear about your mom. Met her at Dayton’s when I worked in alterations and saw her many times when Pauline would bring her for alterations,, always enjoyed seeing her and Francis. You will have many precious memories forever.
Franaceee Instenes
Feb 08, 2019
The time I spent with her as a friend and caretaker was good, interesting and memorable. Sympahy to the family.