Alta Lucille Schoen

Jan. 4,1917 – Oct. 16, 2013

Alta Lucille Schoen, 96, passed away due to congestive heart failure Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha.

She had most recently resided at Matthews of Hartland Assisted Living Facility in Hartland. Alta was born Jan. 4,1917, to Emma and Nordahl Grimstad in Westby.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margie, Borgne, Esther and Ruth, as well as three brothers, Erling, Arvid and Leif. She is survived by her brother, Stan, and sister-in-law, Bernice (wife of Arvid).

She married Hayden Schoen in Kahoka, Mo., on Feb. 15, 1942. They had four boys, Richard (Marilyn), twins Charles (Mary Jane) and David (Mandira), and Hayden Jr. (Judy). All will miss her deeply and were with her at her bedside as she passed away.

Alta’s husband, Hayden, preceded her in death in 1974.

She was a world traveler, including trips to Great Britain and India to visit family and friends, plus travel to California, Arizona and Hawaii. She enjoyed a good joke and had a hardy, infectious laugh. She loved to cook, read, grow and maintain her flowers, hand-stitch, needlepoint, craft, stamp and knit.

Her grandchildren all treasure the beautiful afghans and quilts that she was so fond of making and gave so freely. Grandchildren include Richard Jr. (and Tracy), Caroline, Jennifer Sisk (and Brandon), Brendan (and Yuri), Maria, Patrick, Hayden (and Theresa), Kathryn, Tammy (and Jim) Crivello, Kim (and Chris) Hansen, Valerie (and Tom) Konicek and Camille (and Paul) Unger. Greatgrandchildren include twins Aiden and Julian, Gabriel and Estella Sisk, Declan, Madeline, Vincent and Giovanni Crivello, Jacob Hansen, Jeremy (and Julie) Urbanowski, Cameron Konicek, PJ Unger, and great-great-grandchild Connor Urbanowski.

She learned to read and speak Norwegian, along with her cooking and knitting skills, from her mother. She made wonderful Norwegian food, and the family looked forward to her holiday meals. The family is very appreciative of the workers at the Matthews of Hartland facility, who helped Alta enjoy the past few years of her life.

She was deeply loved by her family and everyone who got to know Alta Schoen will truly miss her.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m.

memorial service Friday, Oct. 25, at Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 205 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity or to the Arbor Day organization in honor of her green thumb at www.arborday.org/shopping/tictimfTIMSample.cfm would be appreciated. Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.

The clock of life is wound but once, And no man has the power To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour.

The present only is our own, So Live, Love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in tomorrow, For the hands may then be still.