Willetta M. Tolley

Willetta M. Tolley, age 88, of Cottonville, Wisconsin died Thursday, October 5, 2017, at Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin. Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate.  Interment will be at the East Arkdale Cemetery, at a later date. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday at Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church.

Willetta was born March 15, 1929, in Strongs Prairie, Wisconsin to Lincoln and Lula (Campbell) Strand.

She attended Cottonville School and Adams-Friendship High School.

Willetta married Raymond A. Tolley on November 6, 1948, in Caledonia, Minnesota. Their union was blessed with three children.  She did housework for several local homes and worked at Moundview Memorial Hospital for 20 years in laundry and housekeeping.

Willetta enjoyed camping, bingo, playing her grandson Erik’s Solitaire game, and especially being with her family.  She was called GG by her grandchildren.

Willetta was a member of the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Tolley; parents, Lincoln & Lula; three sisters, Vernell (Frank) Weber; Wilma (Henry) Henriksen; Dorothy (Donald) Olsen; grandsons, Derek Tolley, Erik Gunderson & Billy Turnmier and daughter-in-law, Sandra Tolley.



Daughter:  Reta Mae (Gene) Gunderson of LaCrescent, Minnesota

Son:  Dennis (Karen) Tolley of Arkdale, Wisconsin

Daughter:  Luetta (Dan) Ellie of Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Grandchildren:  Samantha (Trevor) Springer, Aaron (Toni) Gunderson, Christian (Elizabeth) Gunderson, Darren (Georgette) Tolley, Dawn Kearney (Charles), David Van Veghel Jr. (Shawna), and Auna (Rob) Nelson

Great-Grandchildren:  Dylan Kearney (Lindsay), Hannah Kearney, Colton, Corbin, and Colin Van Veghel, Brandon, Katherine, Anna & Joshua Gunderson, Kaia, Elsa, Leif, Alaina & Sonja Nelson, Natalie Gunderson, and Kassandra & Kristopher Iverson

Granddaughter-in-law: Mary (John) Lemke

Step-Grandchildren:  Charity (Michael) Frasier, Dwayne Roberts, Shannon Hill (Dennis) and Jordan & Lauren Ellie

Step-Great Grandchildren:  Verrhonnica & Krystal Jackson, Michael D. Frasier, Samantha, Alvin & Carson Parker, Casey Roberts, Kenny Springer, Kezia, Evelyn, and Joseph Lemke

Sister:  Verniece Wesely

Best Friend: Norma Riese

Per Willetta’s request, she prefers no flowers, donations may be given to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences to the Tolley family, great lady she was alot of fun to work with. We had some good times at the hospital when I worked with her. Thinking of all of you.

  2. Renne and Joe Pinson says:

    Tolley Family; Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest condolences.

  3. Rick Falk says:

    So sorry to hear about the death of another of the Strand girls. Willetta was part of my family before I was! Grandma Falk considered Willetta as a daughter. Willetta was always gracious and kind. She will be missed. May God bring you comfort.

  4. Sally Dummitt says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  5. Roberta (Bobbie) Thierfelder says:

    So sorry for the passing of your mother,grandmother and sister. She truelly loved her family. She loved giving special gifts to grandchildren at Christmas. Keep happy memories of her always. I know I have mine. She always made me laugh.

  6. Diana and Mike Shaske ( Chaffee ) says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  7. Yvonne Ellie says:

    Sympathy and prayers to the entire Tolley Family……From the Ellie Family

  8. Dawn & Charlie Page says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all who had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful woman. I had the pleasure of working with her in the past as she came in for Massage’s. GOD Bless may You be comforted during this time of loss.

  9. Lori and Roger Hall Jr. says:

    Dawn and family so sorry to hear of your Grandma GG’s passing, I know she meant so very much to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  10. Barb Seaman McCue says:

    Dennis and family so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. Harvey & Ruth Peterson says:

    Our sincere sympathies to the families.

  12. Mark & Peggy Wms Bond says:

    Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to family

  13. Charlene Jensen says:

    I remember the REA Conventions we attended. I have never laughed so hard! Your Dad and Mom were so much fun!! You are all so fortunate to have had parents like that who enjoyed life to the hilt. May God bless your memories.

  14. Don and Karen Rathke Hartwig says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  15. Marshall & Sue Bjorge says:

    Condolences and prayers to the Tolley family. So sorry for the loss of your Grandma Darren. Grandmas are special and it hurts when they are gone even when we know they are in a better place with Him.

  16. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    We always enjoyed visiting with your mom. The last time we saw her she was complaining of being in the wheelchair and she really didn’t NEED to be in it, right Luetta!! We have many good memories. Our sympathy to all the families.

  17. Mike Brogan says:

    My condolences to the Tolley family.

  18. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss. May God family friends comfort you during this different time.

  19. Donna Johnson Heiser says:

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for you and your family, your mom was a beautiful, caring lady. Many prayers going your way.

  20. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss

  21. Kori Nawrot says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time. Hugs to all.

  22. Kathy Bushman says:

    Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of our sleepovers & the lsat time I saw her a few yrs. ago. My thoughts & prayers are w/you & your family.

  23. Michelle and Curt Pollex says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family. God’s comfort~

  24. Nancy Haight says:

    I am sad to hear about your Moms passing. She was a great Mom and person. I have such wonderful memories of her. She had a wonderful sense of humor. My thoughts and prayer are with you at this time

  25. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for your loss

  26. Eileen Krueger says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I enjoyed working with her at the hospital. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. Bob & Julie Goodhue says:

    Thinking of you at this sad time.

  28. Linda(Chaffee)and Doug Donley says:

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the families.

  29. Sandy Rogers says:

    Dennis and Karen –
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I know it is hard to loss your Mom but hang on to all your wonderful memories. Seek God for comfort.
    Dick and Sandy Rogers

  30. Christine (Zimdars) Moore says:

    So very sorry for your loss. You have my thoughts and prayers.

  31. Debbi and Nick Segina says:

    We are so sorry. She was a fine lady. We hope your good memories give you comfort and peace.

  32. Judy Alderman says:

    So sorry for your families loss

  33. Peggy and Buck Sleeman says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  34. Susan Moran says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  35. Kathy Baumgartner & family. says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. It’s been many years since I saw her but she was a Wonderful person. Prayers & Healing hugs to all. God bless in this difficult time.

  36. Ray and Karen Groskinsky says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.