Obituary for Carolyn Ione Skogen

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Carolyn Ione Amundson Skogen, 83, of Onalaska, peacefully passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Carolyn was born on July 14, 1934 in Whitehall, WI to Lawrence and Marie (Nilsestuen) Amundson. She grew up in Tamarack and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1952. She met Blyden “Bing” Skogen at a dance at the Avalon Ballroom in La Crosse and married “the love of her life” on June 9, 1956 at Tamarack Lutheran Church. Her working career included being a secretary at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital, the Radford Company, Pittsburgh Paint Center, and the La Crosse Tribune where she retired from in 1996. Carolyn was a member of First Lutheran Church in Onalaska and had served on the women’s auxiliary. She celebrated her Scandinavian roots by traveling to Norway in her retirement, as a member of the Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge in La Crosse, and volunteering at Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center. She also spent a number of years volunteering at the Onalaska Care Center. Mom loved doing crossword puzzles and watching game shows. Trips to Disney World with grandchildren were a highlight and she never turned down a chance to go to a casino when able. She enjoyed hosting coffee get togethers with new and old friends and loved being with her family. Her family was her greatest joy. She never turned down opportunities to attend celebrations for children and grandchildren and revelled in their accomplishments. Mom was a kind and loving person, never more obvious than when she cared for Dad in his final months. She will be greatly missed by all.
Surviving her are her two daughters, Lynn (Greg) Flogstad of Onalaska and Julie (Jason) Schroeder of Oregon, WI; two sons, Steve (Sherri) Skogen of River Falls, WI and Scott (Debby) Skogen of Onalaska; seven grandchildren, Kirstin (Brad) Bentlage and Erika (Alex) Coontz, Kelli and Blake Skogen, Ben and Annie Skogen and Sam Schroeder; and one great grandson, Beau Bentlage.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2011 and her parents.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at First Lutheran Church, 410 Main Street, Onalaska. The Reverend Jason Stanton will officiate and burial will be in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the church on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and again on Wednesday from 10:00 until time of services. Information and on-line condolences may be offered at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the staff at Eagle Crest North for the care and friendship you gave Mom over the past year. She thoroughly enjoyed her time living there. A special thank you is extended to the 6th floor staff at Gundersen Health System. The kindness and dignity you extended to Mom in her final days was invaluable and we are immensely grateful.