Mona M. Fernstaedt, age 82, of rural Argyle, WI, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at her home. She was born October 9, 1930 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Elmer and Aleatha (Diestelmeier) Klaas. Mona graduated from Lena High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to Merlen Fernstaedt on December 19, 1948 at Salem Church in Lena, IL. They lived and farmed in Lena and Orangeville, IL, areas before moving to rural Argyle in 1978, where they farmed until 1997. Mona was a supervisor for Swiss Colony's Outbound Services until her retirement in 1995.
Mona is survived by her husband: Merlen at home; five children: Marsha (Gary) Lindmark of Rochelle, IL, Mark (Linda) Fernstaedt of Magnolia, DE, Monica (Stephen) Coon of Freeport, IL, Morris Fernstaedt of Argyle and Marlys (Mike) Slater of Crest Hill IL; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Diane McIlvanie of Freeport, Zondra Baley of Polo, IL, Helaine (Clyde) Price of San Antonio, TX, and Faith Brookman of Lena. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mona was a member of Argyle United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women. She was very active in both Orangeville and Argyle 4-H Clubs, where she was a leader for gardening and sewing for many years. Mona was elected to the Orangeville School Board. She enjoyed model railroading and going to horse shows. Mona was an avid Bears and Cubs fan. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Monroe United Methodist Church, 2227 4th Street in Monroe, WI, with Rev. Randy Booth officiating. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church. The Erickson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences maybe expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.
For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Mona's name.