Carol (Thompson) Johnsrud, age 85, of Neenah, Wis., passed away on April 12, 2017, surrounded by her family at ThedaCare Medical Center – Neenah. She was born on Feb. 16, 1932, in Morris, Ill., daughter of Randall and Cecelia Thompson.
Carol’s life and many activities centered around her involvement in her church and her passion for music. She loved directing and singing in the church choir, helping with vacation Bible School, and directing the children’s choir. Carol was also active in the Neenah-Menasha Music Club and Chaminade Women’s Chorus. She played the piano and loved teaching “Carol’s Country Kickers” line dancers. Carol attended Luther College and participated in the Nordic Choir. She loved singing with her family and in particular with her twin sister, Corinne Mathre.
Carol was a proud Norwegian and enjoyed sharing her Norwegian heritage and customs with her husband LeRoy Johnsrud and her family. She and LeRoy shared a wonderful vacation to Norway and even met relatives while there. Carol loved making Kumla and Lefse dinners and would never pass up a good lutefisk and lefse dinner. “Uff-da.”
Carol is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, LeRoy Johnsrud; her four children: Randy (Cathy) Johnson, Philip (Deni) Johnson, Scott Johnson ‘87 (Julie), Jill (Johnson) Sheppard ’89 (Robert); and LeRoy’s children: Steve (Lori) Johnsrud, Mahren (Rob) Wegner, Cynthia (Diane) Viice, and Marge Johnsrud. Carol is further survived by her grandchildren: Kyle (Rachel) Johnson, Staci Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Jackson Krauter, Sam Johnson, Max Johnson, Jacob Sheppard, Ben Sheppard, Nathanael (Thavy) Anderson, Jesse Anderson, Serena (Ben) Vondra, Allison Miles; great-grandchildren Ella Johnson and Sedona Wegner.
She is further survived by her twin sister, Corinne Mathre, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Janice Thompson and Bernetta House.
The Memorial Service for Carol was held April 18, 2017, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 809 S. Commercial Street, Neenah with The Rev. Catherine A.K. Mode officiating. Donations are appreciated to Our Savior’s Memorial Fund in the name of Carol Johnsrud.