Grace A. Tollefson Myhers passed to her next life on February 2, 2017, four days after her 96th birthday.
She was born to Laura (Emberson) and Lawrence Tollefson on January 29, 1921, the fourth child of nine. Grace attended schools in Eleva, WI, and then moved to Eau Claire, WI. During WWII, she was employed at National Presto Industries during the time they were making ammunition for our troops. This is when she met Palmer Myhers, the veterinarian in Eleva. They married October 9, 1943, and had three children: Pamela, Richard, and Lori. She helped Palmer with his veterinary practice, taking calls and helping with immunizations.
Employment for Palmer took them to Rice Lake, WI, Willmar, MN, and Charles City, IA, with opportunities for both of them to travel to many states and countries for his job.
Grace made many friends in all four cities and enjoyed her bridge group, golf league, bowling, shuffleboard, cross-country skiing, many trips with their “lake friends” and so many get-togethers with her siblings. Trying to make their claim to fame, Grace and a couple of sisters recorded their favorite song, “Sentimental Journey.” Unfortunately it didn’t even make the back side of a “45.” However, her greatest contribution to life, was her three children, nine grandkids and 15 great-grandkids and couldn’t have been prouder of them all.
After Palmer’s retirement, they spent 6 months in Apache Junction, AZ, and 6 months in Wisconsin at their lake home on Island Lake in Bruce, WI. Weary of the drive back and forth after 20-plus years, they bought a condo in Eau Claire, where they enjoyed their last 10 years together.
Grace was a devoted homemaker and a great cook. Her specialty was Norwegian baking with lefse as everyone’s favorite. And no one loved her cooking more than Palmer. She lost her best friend and the love of her life when he passed away on April 2, 2014, after 70-plus years of marriage.
Grace is survived by their children: Pam (Jerry) Johnson, Richard (Kim) Myhers, Lori (Brad) Anderson; grandchildren: Melissa (Chad) Olson, Ben (Cassie) Brenden; Luke (Jill) Myhers, Jacob (Maya) Myhers, Kyrstin Myhers; Ezra Anderson, Gabe Anderson, Emily (Brian) Palmer, Jennah (Tadeu) Wenda; and 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 7 of her siblings: Arnold Tollefson, Bill Tollefson, Belva Johnson, Mabel Lind, Alvina Hagen, Louise Ludwikoski, and Helen Call. She has one surviving sister: Inez (Stan) Becker.
Grace was a loving mom, grandma, and great-grandmother. She leaves a legacy of love for her family: 27 descendants; and a message to dance when you can, in this sentimental journey of life.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on May 18, 2017, at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 S Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona, WI. A private burial with the family will be held at a later date.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.cremationsociety-wi.com.