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Helen Jane Renstrom

March 18, 2020 | 4 comments

A wonderful, mother, grandmother, and friend, Helen Jane Renstrom, 81, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Helen was born in LaCrosse County to Sylvia and John M. Fritsvold on July 1, 1938.  She married John “Rags” Renstrom on Feb. 2, 1963 in Onalaska, WI.

She is survived by her brother John D. Fritsvold and his wife Jane of Centerville, Virginia, her daughter Lori Flandrena of St. Croix Falls, WI, her son Jay (Beth) Renstrom of Sturgeon Bay, WI, and two granddaughters, Kristina and Kamille Flandrena. She was preceded in death by her father John, mother Sylvia, brother Donald (Bobby), and husband John.

Helen grew up in LaCrosse and attended Central High School. After marrying John, she moved to Onalaska where she was a resident for the rest of her life. She was employed by Wiggert Brothers, and then Sears for many years.

Helen’s hobbies included golfing, traveling, going out for supper, and playing cards which included euchre and cribbage. She loved to travel, and every vacation she took was “the best ever”. She had a loud infectious laugh, with sometimes a snort or two thrown in, and would get everyone around her laughing. She had the “gift of gab” and would talk with everyone. Nobody was a stranger for long. She cherished her Granddaughters, traveling with them, and seeing them whenever she could. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

We would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you the wonderful staff at Lakeview Health Center for the care and love shown to our Mother over the past two years.

A celebration of life remembrance service will be held on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 at 3:00 pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI.  A visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until the time of service.  Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Liz Pascual

    Fly high and be forever at peace. I will cherish the memories. My deepest condolences to the family 💔

  2. phil randall

    Love and memories

    phil and verna

  3. Karen Hauser

    Helen did have an infectious laugh and genuine smile! I worked with her at Sears and would see her & Rags out and about through the years – always enjoying each other and the people around them. Many good memories of Helen. With deepest sympathy.

  4. Linda Mills

    Helen, besides being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, was also a fantastic child care giver. She was my sons caregiver from age 2 to 7. Not only did she provide him with food and shelter, she gave him her unlimited love. Never did she complain if I picked him up a little later than planned. She provided him with many wonderful experiences outside her home, taking him along with her when she left the house. And, yes, her laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Lori and Jay, you were blessed to have such a wonderful mother.


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