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Fern Dorene (Rowe) Tyler

March 25, 2021 | 9 comments

Fern Dorene (Rowe) Tyler, 100, of West Salem, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  She was born on June 16, 1920, in Clinton, Iowa, to Edwin and Vera Rowe.  On September 27, 1943, she married her childhood sweetheart, Stanley Tyler.  They were married for 78 years.  In addition to wife and mother, she enjoyed being a sales clerk with JCPenney for 20 years.

Fern lived each day sharing the love of Jesus Christ with her husband, family, friends and all those she met.  She was in constant prayer throughout her life, and her prayers were boundless…if she knew you, she prayed for you.  She was a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church of La Crosse and loved her church family.

Fern is survived by her husband; four children, Connie (Sonny) Claussen of Platteville, Wisconsin; Anita (Gary) Osgood of West Salem; Todd (Vicki) Tyler of Elbert, Colorado; Cindy (Buck) Volden of West Salem; ten grandchildren, Chet (Kathy) Claussen of Belleville, Iowa; Colleen (Jeff) Olson of DeWitt, Iowa; Cheri (Chris) Pennington of Rockford, Illinois; Paula (Patrick) Wallace of Green Bay; Jeff (Nikki) Osgood of Holmen; Zach Tyler of East Moline, Illinois; Jenni Hough of Brooklyn, Wisconsin; Shawn Volden of

La Crosse; Olivia Sackmaster of West Salem; Cody Volden of West Salem; twelve great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; and two nephews.  Fern was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Tim; one brother, Donald Rowe; one sister-in-law, Jean Rowe; one aunt, Della Little; one uncle, David Palmer; and long-time friend, Betty Reuter.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family; there will be no funeral service.  On-line condolences may be expressed at www.couleecremation.com.  Memorials may be directed to Faith Baptist Church, La Crosse; Mayo Clinic Health System; Gundersen Health System.

The family wishes to thank Mulder Health Care Facility in West Salem for their excellent care and attention over the past two and one-half years, as well as third floor surgery staff of Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse for their excellent service and concern during her last few days of her life on earth.



  1. Nancy Graves

    SO MANY fond memories of spending our childhood with your family. Your Mom was a wonderful person and gracious host. We cherish our family ties and friendships. God Bless.

  2. Anita Neumann

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏❤️

    • Anita Osgood

      Thank you, Nancy. We all share those same memories with much fondness.

  3. Darrell & Jeanie Garner

    We knew Stan & Fern from our years at Faith Baptist Church. They were a faithful testimony of Gods grace & goodness for us. . ..sad time for Stan and family, But we rejoice with him that someday he will join her , John 14:1-3. Blessed be her memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Anita Osgood

      The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers throughout this time.

  4. Ella J Payment

    Wow…100 yrs young! And 78 years of marriage. I knew Fern and Stan from Faith Baptist. A couple like them leave a dear special place in ones heart. She is with Jesus that is for sure. What a testimony she lived for her Saviour. So blessed to have known her.

  5. Shannon N Preston

    Fern was a lovely lady and will dearly be missed.

  6. Patricia O’Connell Wilkins

    Fern was like a second mom to me when I would come to spend time with Connie on the farm near DeWitt. She would always ask about my folks ! She was a very sweet lady !!

  7. Margaret Barrett

    We first met Fern and Stan in 1986 when they came to stay with us as part of their holiday in the UK. They stayed with us for just over a week and we got on so well that they invited us to stay with them at their farm which we did in 1988. When they came over here again in 1990, we spent two weeks with them touring Scotland and the north of England. Since then, we have had another holiday at the farm and one at West Salem and our son spent almost a month on the farm with them one summer. Having met all their children and grandchildren, we feel we know them. Although we have not seen them for 20plus years, we have kept in touch with letters, cards and phone calls.
    Fern was wonderfully kind to our family and made sure our every need was met. It was our privilege to have known her, albeit briefly, and our love and condolences go to all the family, especially Stan. As Fern always signed off her letters to us, God Bless. from Martin, Margaret, Mark and Rachael


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