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Obituary for Lillian Ethel Wohlers


Lillian Ethel Wohlers, 81, of Caledonia and formerly of Brownsville, Minn., died peacefully on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at Mayo Health System, La Crosse, Wis. Lillian was born on November 7, 1930, in La Crosse, Wis., to Julian and Bertha Jorgenson. Lillian married Duane Ervin Wohlers of Brownsville, Minn., on November 25, 1950. Duane preceded Lillian in death on September 3, 1998.
Lillian spent her last few days surrounded by her loving, thankful family, sharing stories, strengthening their great love for each other, and being together to see Lillian onto her next journey.
Lillian joined Duane on a 20 year adventure in the USAF, living in Japan and Morocco, Africa, and visiting almost every U.S. state.  Upon retiring, Duane and Lillian returned to the area they adored, to spend their remaining years. Lillian was a loving and supporting mother of six children, with a special love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She delighted in being with groups of people who loved life. Lillian was very involved in her church, VFW auxiliary, and many other volunteer functions; and was a long time member of the Skyliners and Old Stylers Polka Club. Lillian was notorious for sending every person she had an acquaintance with birthday cards, often enclosing tea bags. For her last birthday, her daughters arranged a card party in her honor by inviting the many recipients to return a card to her if they wished. The response was overwhelming and Lillian was able to read numerous cards the many grateful people returned. With all of her activities she still had time to enjoy gardening and growing flowers, creating beauty in and around her house. Lillian had 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lillian is survived by her loving children, Cary (Lynn) Wohlers of Fulton, Mo., Dennis (Kathy) Wohlers of Rock Falls, Wis., Dean (Pamela) Wohlers of Bloomington, Minn., Rocky (Tom) Danielson of Caledonia, Minn., and Yvette Wohlers of Smithville, Texas.  
Lillian’s siblings lovingly refer to her as “Babe”. Babe was the youngest of 8 children. Surviving Babe are Robert “Bob” Jorgenson, Helen “Sis” (Jorgenson) Walsh, Julian “Jorgie” Jorgenson, Ron and Mildred “Millie” (Jorgenson) Olsen, and sisters-in-law, Laferne Jorgenson and Idonis Jorgenson.
She is further survived by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Melvin and Lorene (Wohlers) Miller, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Linda Wohlers.
In addition to her husband, Duane, Lillian was preceded in death by her son, David; her daughter, Loren Beesler; two brothers, Elmer and George Jorgenson; her sister, Genevieve (Jay) Blanchard; and her sister-in-law, Arlene Jorgenson.
A celebration of Lillian’s life will be held Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia, Minn. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. Visitation will be held the same day, Thursday, November 10, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial will be Friday, November 11, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Brownsville Veterans Cemetery, Brownsville, Minn. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leroy D. Holzwarth VFW Post 6801 Ladies Auxiliary, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Women’s Clothes Closet at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, La Crosse, Wis., and  the American Cancer Society. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com