Sun Prairie-Ina Catherine (Thomas) Sletten, age 78, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Ina came into this world the daughter of Fred and Laura (Alice) Thomas. She was born in Watterstown Township in southwestern Wisconsin on October 29th, 1933. Ina graduated from high school in Blue River WI, in the class of 1951. After graduation, she went on to beautician school in Milwaukee at the Marvel School of Beauty. After graduation she relocated to Madison where she met her lifelong love Kennard. They were united in marriage on October 2nd, 1954, at the Blue River Methodist Church. After living and working in Madison for 48 years, they retired in Boscobel WI, where they resided for fourteen years until Ina became sick and moved back to Madison to be closer to family. Ina was employed by several beauty salons, Kohl's grocery stores and Land Ends in Dodgeville.
Ina is survived by her caring and loving husband of 58 years Kennard; three children, Lori (Fred) Grueneberg of Fall River, Ken (Karen) of Marshall, and Pam (Gary) Drouin of Niceville Fl; seven wonderful grandchildren, Jeremy Grueneberg, Carina (Josh) Price, David (Angie) Sletten, Brandon Sletten, Derek Dallman and fiancé Ashley Rogers, Brittany Dallman and her special friend Chad Rote, Alex Dallman and his special friend Katrina Rothrock; seven caring and loving great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Laura; brothers Bill, Carl (brownie), Glen, and Merle; and her sisters Anola, Violet, and Beaulah.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N Sherman Ave, Madison, with Chaplain Brian Baker officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10am until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Judes Hospice Care.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff of St. Jude's Hospice in particular Pastor Brian, Keri, Jessica, Elizabeth, Tereanna, Vicky, Calli, Peggy and Sheila.