MADISON-We all lost a dear sweet soul. Helen A. (Fladen) Shold, 99, of Madison, passed away at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, Wis., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
She was born on January 29, 1918 in Deerfield, Wis., on the farm she grew up on. She was the youngest of nine children born to John and Helga (Johnson) Fladen. She was baptized and confirmed at Liberty Prairie Church in Deerfield. She spoke Norwegian until starting school, where she learned English. She was active and athletic, but was quite shy as a child. She learned confidence when she took Declamation speaking in high school. She graduated from Deerfield High School in 1936. After graduation, she moved from the home farm to Stoughton, and worked as a cashier at the National Tea Co., from 1937-1943. She then moved to Madison and was employed as a dental assistant and bookkeeper for the late Dr. John G. Frisch, from 1943-1949. Dr. Frisch was a pioneer in fluoridation for preservation of teeth. She married Gordon (GI) Shold, who was a World War II veteran, UW-Madison graduate, and like her 100% Norwegian, on August 27, 1949 in Chicago. They lived in Mukwonago for two years with Gordon teaching and coaching. Next they moved to Blanchardville where Gordon was a teacher, coach, and later, the school principal. In 1957, they moved to Hillsboro where Gordon was Superintendent of Schools.
While in Hillsboro, Helen was an active member of the First Congregational Church, attending Women's Fellowship, served as President of the Loyal Circle and was a charter member of the Women's Civic Club. She taught Sunday school for 14 years, and was a Cub Scout Den Leader.
Helen was a Certified Nursing Assistant and was employed as a receptionist for Dr. T.E. Boston for several years. She also served on the Auxiliary Board of the St. Joseph's Hospital until they moved to Madison in 1975 when Gordon retired.
Helen worked for the late Dr. A.L. Hickey, DDS, as a dental assistant and receptionist from 1975-1983, when she retired.
While in Madison, Helen enjoyed many hobbies and was very active in many organizations, including Bethel Lutheran Church, the Bethel Victory Choir, and the XYZ group, and St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Middleton. She also belonged to the Elks Women's Auxiliary, the Wisconsin Outers club, and the Kayra organization. She enjoyed sports and participated in Sports for Active Seniors. She loved to dance, especially tap dance. Helen danced with Carol Kimball and the Tap Dance Kids troop for nine years. She enjoyed an active and independent life at Rosewood Villas until September of 2016, when she moved to Oakwood Assisted Living. She will be remembered as a generous, loving supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She was always doing for others – sending a card, bringing a meal or treat, calling. She loved to feed her family, friends and guests.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in 1983. Also, she was preceded by her parents John and Helga Fladen, brothers Joseph, Henry, Christian and Adolph, and sisters Ingeborg Disch, Clara Wolfe, Julie Jones and Mathilda Syftestad. She is survived by her son Richard Shold (Madison); daughter, Patricia (Terry) Bomkamp (Rockford, Ill.); 5 grandchildren, Eric (Elizabeth) Bomkamp (South Bend, IN), Sarah (Jake)Hoitsma (LaGrange, Ill.), Anna Bomkamp (Rockford, Ill.) , Teresa Bomkamp (Chicago, Ill.), and Rikelle Shold (Seattle, Wash.); five great- grandchildren, Carter and Ethan Bomkamp (Rockford, Ill.) and Nora, Titus and Colleen Bomkamp (South Bend, IN); and several nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, with Rev. Heather Hayward presiding. Visitation will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Blooming Grove Cemetery, Madison.
The famiIy wishes to thank Oakwood Nursing Home and Agrace HospiceCare for the loving care Helen received in the past six months of her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Oakwood Village West and/or Agrace HospiceCare, Fitchburg in her memory.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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