TOMAH/KENDALL — Yvonne E. Murray, 75, of Tomah and formerly of Kendall, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Elroy Health Services. She was born Feb. 2, 1944, to Walter R. and Arlene L. (Krebs) Schwengels in Beloit, Wis. She was a member of the Clinton High School graduating class of 1962, class valedictorian.
After graduation, Yvonne furthered her education at the UW-Stout and obtained her bachelor’s degree in home economic education. On Aug. 24, 1968, she was united in marriage to Douglas D. Murray, by the Rev. John F. Stephan in Clinton, at the Christ Lutheran Church. Yvonne went on to teach for the University Extension-Juneau County as an extension home economist, from 1966-1974 and later as the home economics teacher and elementary aide for the Royall School District, retiring in 2009.
Yvonne was a devoted member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Mauston, Wis. Serving as a member of the Women of WELS and a summer schoolteacher, Yvonne especially enjoyed working on the church bulletin boards and on the card racks. In her earlier years, Yvonne dearly loved horses, she often would saddle up her horse and not been seen for hours. When she would no longer able to ride, she enjoyed just being able to watch them out in the pasture. Throughout her lifetime, she also had many beloved pets. Volunteering at the nursing home as well as tending to her flower beds, were a few of Yvonne’s pastimes. She was a loving and devoted wife, sister and aunt.
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She is survived by her husband, Douglas, of Tomah; brothers, Jerry (Karen) Schwengels of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Robert (Carol) Schwengels of Janesville, Wis.; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 517 Grayside Ave., Mauston. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, Village of Kendall. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the church and again from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the church.
The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Library Fund or the Mission Fund.