WEST SALEM — Stella Irene (Iverson) Wee passed away peacefully Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the young age of 88.
She was born March 27, 1930, to Martin and Elsie (Helgeson) Iverson in rural Mount Sterling. Stella graduated from Gays Mills High School.
On Oct. 2, 1948, she married the love of her life, Gorman Wee. They lived in Mt. Sterling and then Westby, until moving to West Salem in 1967. Stella worked for Doerflingers in La Crosse and then worked with Gorman at their business, West Salem Insurance Agency, until retirement. Stella loved to play cards with her numerous card clubs and her sisters until all hours of the night. She will be dearly missed by her “Sunday Card Partner,” Lettie Morgan. She also loved the yearly trip to Galena, Ill., with her cousins, sisters and nieces. She was very involved in the church, with various groups and especially loved quilting. Stella was so proud of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved everything about life. Stella looked forward to making her Norwegian meatballs and Krumkake every year for Christmas. She was a very kind, loving soul and was unique in that she found fault in few and good in all.
Stella and Gorman were blessed with four children, Daniel (Jan) Wee of West Salem, Dennis (Rebecca) Wee of Rice Lake, Wis., Charmaine “Char” (Byron) Buelow of Barre Mills and Gulbrand “Gib” (Sandy) Wee of West Salem; her grandchildren, Danielle Wee-Nix and husband, Tom of Broomfield, Colo., Lt. Col. Chris Wee and wife, Jen of Palmdale, Calif., Jessica Buelow-Le Moine and husband, Randy of Marshfield, Wis, Kristen Buelow-Warren and husband, Lt. Col. Jerad of Fuqua Varina, N.C., Lt. Col. Joel Buelow and wife, Dana of Okinawa, Japan, Mackenzie Wee-Narins and husband, Markus of Loretto, Minn., David Wee of Telluride, Colo., Elizabeth Wee-Myers and husband, Brian of Oshkosh, Wis., and Matthew Wee of Milwaukee. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret Halverson of Waukon, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Stella was preceded in death by her husband, Gorman Wee; granddaughter, Kimberlie Wee; sisters, Gladys Molldrem and husband, Russell, Alice Olson and husband, Thomas, Nora Olson and husbands, Alvin Olson and Luther Sherry and Evelyn Hoffland and husband, John; a brother-in-law, Harold Halverson; father and mother-in-law, Albert and Helen (Dregne) Wee; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Aspenson and husband, Ishmael and Shirley Lysne and husband, Duane; niece, Miriam Lysne Fey; and nephews, Roger Molldrem, Erik Halverson, Mark Aspenson and Gilbert Wee.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard St., West Salem. Pastors Jonathan and Jean Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Jostad Chapel, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Memorials preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, West Salem. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
Stella will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.
We would like to thank Dr. Bhadriraju, Dr. Hagan and Dr. Sandy Lee-Baird, and the entire Cardio-Pulmonary Staff at Gundersen Health System.