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Edna Ruth Christensen Edna Ruth Christensen
(October 21, 1919 - March 29, 2012)

Edna Ruth Christensen, 92, of Tomah died Thursday; March 29, 2012 at Agape Acres Nursing Home in Warrens. Edna was born on October 21, 1919 to William and Elsie (Holgate) Williams in Millston, WI. She was baptized at a Millston Church and was the fifth of a family of ten children growing up in the Millston area. She was united in marriage to Robert E. Sherwood in Black River Falls in the 1930’s. Three children were born to this union, the couple later divorced. Edna was a cook working for Clara Brennen at the Badger Café in the early 1950’s. On August 17, 1955 she married the love of her life Charlie Christensen in Tomah, WI. They were blessed with three children. They lived and raised their family on the Christensen farm in Valley Junction. Charlie died on November 28, 1975. Edna continued to reside there until a year ago when walking became impossible for her and she had to move to a nursing home. Edna always appreciated being surrounded by her family. She was an avid reader, loved to eat out, enjoyed watching the bird feeders and collected bird statues’ especially cardinals. She also enjoyed drives to see the scenery and wild life. Playing bingo, listening to polka and country western music was also some of her favorite ways to spend her pass time. Edna was a member of the birthday club, called Friends and she belonged to the Valley Junction Homemakers Club for years. Edna was a survivor of cancer twice. She had the sorrow of losing a 28 year old daughter, Ruth in 1966 and a 46 year old son Bruce in 2003. Health problems and pain plagued her but she rarely complained. She is survived by son Robert (Lucy) Sherwood and their children, Russ (Faye) Sherwood, Rodney (Jan) Sherwood, and Rhonda (Arlen) Simonson all of Tomah, and Robbin (Sean) Casey of Maple Park, IL, daughter, Rosella (Rosy)Sieg of Eau Claire and her children, Linda (Jerimy) Luberda and Steve (Jenny) Sieg of Eau Claire, Lisa Rios (friend Ed) of Cadott, and Sandra Kluessendorf (friend Dave) of St. Paul Park, MN, son Wayne (Char Streeter) Christensen of Warrens, and his daughter Kelse (Tye) Gilson of Tomah, daughter Lori (Punk) Allen of Tomah and their son Charlie Allen of La Crosse, deceased daughter Ruth Keach’s children, Cheryl (Kenny) Fosdal of Brantwood, Randy (Sally) Keach of Tomahawk, and Rebecca (David) Dewar of Milton, Ruth’s husband Arthur (Lee) Keach and Vicki of Grand Junction, CO, deceased son Bruce Christensen’s children, Brain Christensen and Amy (Richard) Tally both of Tomah, 30 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Helen (Luke) Cole and Grace Williams. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Those preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Charlie, a daughter, Ruth, a son, Bruce, a son-in-law, Willie Sieg, a grandson, Roger Sherwood, a great granddaughter, Corie Melton, nine brothers and sisters, Willie, Ray, Clarence, and Everett Williams, sisters, Luella Thompson, Ruby Paddock, Hazel (four years old of burns), Mabel and Robert died in infancy, brothers-in-law, Ed Thompson, Charlie Paddock, Harry Christensen, Fred Lorenzen and Gus Meister, sisters-in-law, Mary, Vera and Pat Williams, Patsy Williams Natarus, Lilian Lorenzen, Anne Meister, Maxine Lorenzen and Winiferd Christensen. A Graveside Committal Service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 2:00 P.M. at Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Pastor Mark Benning will officiate. A Celebration of Life will take place immediately following the committal service at the American Legion Hall Post 201, 800 Wisconsin Ave., Tomah. The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com . The family wishes to thank Tammy and her staff at Agape Acres for the wonderful care and love that was shown to our Mother. It truly was the nearest and best place we could have hoped for as the last home for her. May God bless each one of you for your compassion shared and shown to not only Edna but, us her family these past months.