Rebecca Ann La Force

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Rebecca Ann La Force

May 01, 1958 - December 23, 2019

Rebecca Ann La Force Rebecca Ann La Force
BANGOR -- Rebecca Ann La Force, of Bangor left this world Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Her husband, Keith Magnuson, was by her side along with her children and loving family. She was born May 1, 1958, to Barbara (Balmer) and Joseph Hesselberg of West Salem.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Hesselberg; and her grandparents, Fred and Gertrude Balmer and Joseph and Ann Hesselberg.
She is survived her husband; her parents; her brothers, Eric (Heidi) Hesselberg, Adam (Michelle) Hesselberg; and sister-in-law, Mindy Hesselberg; her children, Nathan, Sara (Jason Wulff) La Force and Jonathan (Alison) La Force; and grandchildren, Everett, Aurora and Franklin. She will also be missed by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Rebecca spent her time here enjoying the gifts of the natural world and providing guidance and opportunity to those born without it. Rebecca's professional career was largely spent with La Crosse County Health and Human Services, where she worked helping families and children within the foster care system, whom she loyally provided support and the tools for navigating the society that neglected them. She was instrumental in creating and improving resources for the under served, helping to change Wisconsin's foster care laws, as well as taking part in the implementation of programs such as the La Crosse County Community Garden and For Goodness Sake, a community-driven sponsorship program finding essentials for those in need.
In her personal life, Rebecca found happiness in the solitude and beauty of natural wonders. Tending flowers in her garden was one of her greatest pleasures. She went camping and hiking with Keith and their, as frequently as possible. She was an avid reader and could often be found behind the pages of a book.
A celebration of life will be held in Rebecca's honor from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 2, at the West Salem American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to the La Crosse County Foster Care Independent Living Program and For Goodness Sake La Crosse County.
Published on December 27, 2019
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12 posts

Diane Stone
Jan 10, 2020
I'm in shock, I heard from one of Adam's cousins. My heart hurts for Barb, Joe, and the kids. I'm so very sorry, no parent should ever have to bury their kids, you have had your share of grief. again, Angela, Cali, and me are sadden by the news.
Jayne Seaquist
Jan 05, 2020
I am so deeply saddened by Becky's passing. She was a good friend and a caring, compassionate woman.
Dec 31, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Rebecca Ann La Force.  Send flowers
Karen Hoffman
Dec 30, 2019
Good-bye my dear friend Becky.
I'm grateful for the time I was able to spend with you and your family.
Happy travels.
Shami Lock
Dec 30, 2019
Sending love to you and your family. Hoping your sweet memories comfort you during this time. Will be making a small donation to the Goodness Sake La Cross County in her honor.
Pamela Beauchamp-Hall
Dec 27, 2019
Sending my sincere condolences & prayers of strength & comfort during your time of sorrow. Becky brought so much joy and laughter to my life . Each moment working with /near her @ LaCrosse Cty. Health & Human services was filled with laughter and her solid wisdom. Thank you for sharing her with us. All my love & prayers. From Whigham,Georgia- love Mrs. Beauchamp
Judy Rathke
Dec 27, 2019
When Someone You Love
Become A Memory
The Memory
Becomes A Treasure
Love You, Becky 🌹
Charlou Hanson
Dec 27, 2019
I feel so blessed to have known Becky, she will be deeply missed and forever remembered in the hearts of everyone who knew her
Judy Jackson
Dec 27, 2019
Becky was one of the best people I ever had the privilege to be friends with. Her passion for working with youth is beyond measure. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Becky.
Shelly Gentry
Dec 27, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Rebecca. She was such a caring soul and I loved her laugh. I have alot of wonderful memories of times with Rebecca as I am sure that you do. She will be missed. 💖
Peggy Jeffers
Dec 27, 2019
My heart is breaking. Despite time separating our lives, I've always held her close to my heart. She spent her life blessing everyone she encountered with her presence. The world is a better place because of her. Her loving, generous spirit will be missed.
Sue Blaustein
Dec 27, 2019
So sorry.