Ramona Jean Skrede

Ramona Skrede, age 73 of Viroqua, died Monday August 26, 2019.


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Ramona Jean Skrede, lovingly known as ‘Mo’, age 73, died Monday evening, August 26, 2019, at her home in Viroqua.


Ramona was born on July 6, 1946 in Richland Center to Grant and Alma (Jacobson) Smith. She grew up in the Viroqua area, attending the Van Wagner school and graduating from Viroqua High School in 1964. After being seated alphabetically next to Dennis Skrede in fifth hour study hall, Ramona Smith determined to marry ‘that Skrede boy’.  It was said she was seen practicing writing ‘Ramona Skrede’ to ‘see how it fit’ long before the question was ever popped.  She married her high school sweetheart, Dennis Skrede, at the West Prairie parsonage June 25, 1963.  It was a ‘perfect fit’ as Dennis and Ramona celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in June.


Ramona helped Dennis when they farmed but was for the most part a homemaker, staying at home raising their two sons, Jeff and Jay. She, like her mother before her, was a ‘giver’, ever generous with her time, talents, gifts and love. She was a member of the ‘Evening Stars Homemakers’ for nearly 50 years, and also a part of several ‘Birthday Clubs’. She spent time working for the ‘Festival of Trees’ and enjoyed working at the election polling places. She was a devoted Christian and faithful to the Lord. She lived out her faith at church, attending Sunday School and Bible study classes, and in the community.


One of Ramona’s favorite things was to decorate her home seasonally and Dennis made many trips up and down the basement stairs carrying the totes as the seasons changed. She also enjoyed antiques, both finding and decorating with them. She especially enjoyed stoneware crocks, wooden bowls and boxes.  She was also a history buff and a longtime member of the Viroqua Historical Society.  Ramona enjoyed flowers and created beautiful flowerbeds and container gardens that all could enjoy.   But of all her favorite things, it was her friendships that were most cherished.


She is survived by: her loving husband Dennis, her children Jeff (Louise) Skrede and Jay (Donna) Skrede, her two step-grandsons Joshua (Alissa) Hickok and their children Payton, Charlie and Evelyn, and Matthew (Caitlyn) Hickok and their children Olivia and Coraline. She is further survived by sister Susan (Mark) Jacobson, brother Jim (Kris) Smith, and three sisters-in-law Sonja (James) Martin, Cheryl (Rod) Skrede, and Trudy (David) Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grant and Alma Smith.


Funeral services for Ramona will be Saturday August 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Church of Christ on Nelson Parkway in Viroqua. Pastor Chad Wagner of the Lighthouse Baptist Church will officiate. Friends may call during visitations Friday evening August 30, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua or on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.


In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials should be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice, in Ramona’s name.

On-line condolences may be offered at www.vossfh.com

The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home, 123 W Decker, in Viroqua is serving the family, (608) 637-2100.



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