Margaret "Marge" Louise Fromm

Funeral services were held on Oct. 1 for Margaret "Marge" Louise Fromm of Sparta at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church in Sparta.

Marge died at the age of 63 on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a two and a half year battle with ovarian cancer.

The Rev. Mark Wessel officiated the service.

Family and friends met for visitation on Sunday at the Lanham-Miller Funeral Home in Sparta and also at the church on Monday, prior to the fu-neral service.

Burial was held at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Sparta.

Margaret "Marge" Louise Fromm was born on March 23, 1944 in Lincoln, Neb., daughter of Edwin and Ellen (Meyer) Friedrich. As a pastorís daughter, she moved several times to rural Minnesota towns during her youth.

She graduated from Rushford High School in 1962. Marge attended Concordia Teacherís College in both St. Paul, Minn. and Seward, Neb., graduating with a degree in elementary education in 1966.

Marge married Wallace E. Fromm on June 12, 1965 in Belvidere, Minn. She taught in a rural Nebraska town for one year before they moved to Williamsburg, Iowa. She also taught for one year in Iowa before the birth of their first child, Lowell, in 1967. For several years she was the secretary of their church. Marge and Wally had three more children, Beth, Clay and Julie, before moving to Sparta in 1973.

In 1980, Marge began a lifelong career, culminating as the library director at the Sparta Free Library. As a devoted employee, she was respected, admired and loved by those who knew her.

Because of her declining health, she retired in June of 2006.

Not the stereotypical image of a librarian, Marge loved adventure and being outdoors. She spent numerous vacations sailing, both on area lakes and on Lake Superior, biking on trails throughout the state, white water rafting along the rivers of the Appalachian Mountains, cross-country skiing, camping and canoeing along area rivers. She also enjoyed reading, playing card and board games and, more than anything, spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Marge was a member of St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church. Her faith in God has sustained her through many challenges in life. She has met difficulty with uncomplaining strength, joy and love that could only come from the Lord. Church attendance, prayer, Bible and devotional reading have all given her much hope through the hardest of times.

We rejoice that she now has met Jesus face-to-face and look forward to spending our eternity with her.

Marge is survived by her husband Wallace of Sparta; her son Lowell Fromm, also of Sparta; her daughter Beth (Darren) Pierce of Marion, Iowa; her son Clay (LaRae) Fromm of Milwaukee; her daughter Julie (John) Falkers of Viroqua; her nine grandchildren Dustin and Cassandra Pierce, Michael, Benjamin and Tabitha Fromm, Rachel, Andrew, Joseph and Hannah Falkers; her mother Ellen Friedrich of Austin, Minn.; her brother Gustav Friedrich of Highland Park, N.J.; and her sisters Miriam (Lloyd) Luehmann of Austin, Minn., Mary (Chuck) Rohe of Zumbrota, Minn., Muriel (Gene) Stark of Prior Lake, Minn. and Marilyn Friedrich of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Marge was preceded in death by her father Edwin Friedrich; and her sister Martha Friedrich Fendt.

Memorials may be given in Margeís memory to the St. Johnís Lutheran Church Building Fund and to the Sparta Free Library.

The Lanham-Miller Funeral Home in Sparta is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be offered at www.lanham-miller.com.