Felice Leadholm

Felice Ann Jorstad Leadholm was born on February 5, 1924 in Chetek, Wisconsin, the first of two children born to Arthur and Louise (Thompson) Jorstad. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Felice graduated from Hudson High School in 1942 and River Falls State Teachers College in 1948. During her college years, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corp (WAVES) as a nurse. She was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee.

In December, 1948, Felice married James Leonard “Turk” Leadholm in Hudson, Wisconsin. From this marriage two children were born – Ann Louise in February, 1950 and James Arthur in September, 1957.

Felice taught kindergarten in Rice Lake and first grade in Amery until the couple purchased the Yates Insurance Agency in Amery in September, 1949. She worked in the agency until becoming a full-time homemaker.

Felice enjoyed serving her church and community. She was active in youth and adult activities and especially loved being a member of the choir for 35 years at the Congregational Church. After the death of her husband “Turk”, she continued in her Lutheran faith at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she enjoyed working with the quilters. Felice was a 55-year charter member of the Amery Hospital & Clinic Volunteer Partners. She also volunteered for many years at her grandchildren’s schools in Amery and Eau Claire.

In addition to her family, Felice’s interests included reading, sewing, music, walking, and keeping her yard and gardens “perfect”.

Felice was preceded in death by her husband “Turk”, her parents, and many members of her husband’s family.

Felice is survived by her daughter Ann Louise Leadholm-Godlewski (David) of Eau Claire; son James Arthur Leadholm (JoNell) of Amery; grandchildren Sarah Ann Godlewski (Maxim Duckworth) of Washington, D.C., Laura Louise Godlewski-Faltynski (Matthew) of Sterling, Virginia, Ana Felice Godlewski Mei (Fred) of Vienna, Virginia, Erika Ana Leadholm of Washington, D.C., and Benjamin James Leadholm of Madison, Wisconsin; great grandchildren Milek Mei and David Faltynski. She is also survived by her sister Evelyn Christensen of Hudson, Wisconsin, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steve and Karole Leadholm of Madison, Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services for Felice J. Leadholm, 93, will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Amery, Wisconsin, with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Musicians participating in the service are Lou and Kathy Williamson, vocalists, Laura Badman, pianist, and Joel Anderson, cellist.

Honorary pallbearers will be Felice’s grandchildren – Sarah Godlewski, Laura Godlewski-Faltynski, Ana Mei, Erika Leadholm, and Benjamin Leadholm. Interment with military rites will be held at the Amery Cemetery with Williamson-White Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisting the family.

To sign an online guest book and video tribute please visit http://www.williamsonwhite.com.

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