Hensel Fremstad passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Luther Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire Wisconsin, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.
Hensel Leonard Fremstad was the fourth son born to Carl and Olga (Hanvold) Fremstad on August 23, 1931 in Fuller Coulee, rural Pigeon Falls, WI, where he was raised with his siblings. Along with his older brothers and younger sister, he learned the value of hard work, while working for area farmers and other dairy related employment during the height of the Great Depression. These lessons were passed on, by example, to his children and grand children.On his 20th birthday, in 1951, Hensel answered the call of service to his country when he joined the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He served state side, as an Artillery Mechanic, where he further honed his skills as a "Mr. Fix It". After his military service ended in 1953, he purchased his three canned milk routes in the Osseo area.He married Marguerite Nelson and together they raised their five children, Glenn, Teresa, Tammy, Adella and Chris. They purchased their family farm in 1968 east of Osseo after Hensel sold his milk routes, where they raised their children, instilling the value of hard work and faith in God. In the early 1980's, the family farm was sold to their oldest son, Glenn and his wife, Linda; and Hensel and Marguerite moved their younger children to Augusta.
Hensel was very active in the American Legion, even serving as the Post Commander for the post in Osseo. When they moved to Augusta, Hensel transferred his membership to Augusta's Post 291, where he continued to support his fellow veterans until his death. Hensel's greatest joy came from his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who will tell you that he knew that he could fix any wound, physical or emotional, with ice cream!He was also the best, most patient teacher ever, teaching his children and grandchildren several card and board games, playing kickball and soft ball. The Fremstad family home was the great gathering place for fun and joyous times.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Olga Fremstad; his brothers, Arthur, Adolf and Oliver Fremstad and his sister, Eunice Wheeler.
He will be sadly missed by his children: Glenn (Linda) Fremstad, of Osseo, Teresa (Ken Piel) Steinke, of Augusta, Tammy (Larry) Johnson, of Osseo, Adella (Chris) Nolden, of Plano, TX, Chris (Debi) Fremstad. of Blair; his grandchildren: Serena Larson, Jamie Reinart, Bradley Steinke, Andrew (Amanda) Steinke, Miranda (Ryan) Smith, Courtney LeBarron, Nicholas Johnson, Cain Fremstad, Sydney Fremstad, Forrest (Courtney) Nolden, Robbie Nolden, Katie Nolden, Avery Nolden ; and
great grandchildren: Caitlyn Reinart, McKenna Steinke, Beau Steinke, Jaelyn Holden, Aroura Smith and Ariel Smith.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, with burial with military rites in the Peace Lutheran Lower Cemetery in Pigeon Falls.
Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com