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Arlene I. (Forde) Wallace

August 11, 2018

      Arlene Ione (Forde) Wallace, 85, died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Gundersen Health System after a brief illness. She was born in rural Crawford County on December 29, 1932, the oldest of five children of George and Leona (Anderson) Forde. She was baptized and confirmed at Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church, Viroqua.  Arlene graduated from Seneca High School in 1950 and moved to Madison where she worked at the State Laboratory of Hygiene.  In 1955, she married Stanley Bark.   They lived in Waunakee, moving to De Soto in 1957. In 1960, they purchased a farm in Sterling Township, rural De Soto where they raised their five children.  Arlene began work at Northern Engraving in Lansing Iowa in 1970 and was employed there until her retirement. Arlene was divorced in 1976 and moved to Ferryville.  She became a member of the Freeman Lutheran Church where she was active in the Church Circle and Ladies Aide. Arlene married Harold “Sonny” Wallace in 1980 at the “Little Brown Church in the Vale” in Nashua, Iowa. Harold passed away December 3, 2005. Arlene remained in Ferryville until 2014 at which time she moved to the Bigley Plaza in Viroqua. In April 2018, declining health resulted in a move to the assisted living facility of Maplewood Terrace. Arlene enjoyed country music and over the years joined several bus trips to Branson. Whether a family visit or a walk outdoors, Arlene always had camera in hand.  Thanks to “Grandma Wallace” her grandkids have many, many pictures of them growing up! Arlene also enjoyed paging through recipe books or magazines for “recipes”. In 1997 she won a 1st Place Award at the Gay’s Mills Apple Fest for her “Sugarland Applesauce”.  Arlene continued throughout her life to donate blood frequently to the American Red Cross.  With having had three sons with severe hemophilia, a blood disorder, the family was very reliant on the community for blood donations in the late 1950’s and 1960’s to keep their sons alive.  Arlene knew first-hand that blood donations do save lives and the importance to “Give the Gift of Life”. During her lifetime she donated 102 units of blood to the American Red Cross – 12.75 gallons!

     Arlene is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Levendoski of Mauston; son, Alan (Maryann) Bark of Seneca; brothers,  Gary (Karne) Forde of Freeport, IL and Roger (Jill) Forde of Eastman;  eight grandchildren, Nick (Liz) Levendoski of Genoa, Dana (Eric) Check of La Crosse, Angela Levendoski of Sun Prairie, Nathan Levendoski  (Petra Kanter-Cronin) of Middleton, Lucas  Levendoski (Haley Cassidy) of Brooklyn,  Arena  (Eric)  Kvamme of Coon Valley,  Elijah Bark (Ashley Rooney) of Gays Mills, Hillary (Tyler Herrmann) Bark of Ferryville;  7 great-grandchildren,  Finn and Millie Levendoski;  Bradley, Owen, Tommy and Avery Check;  Briggs Bark (born 8/11/2018). Arlene is also survived by one niece, Krystal  (Brian) Forde of Prairie du Chein; three nephews, Jason (Tracy) Forde of Rockford, IL, Kevin Forde of Brunswick, GA; Travis (Tasha) Forde of Prairie du  Chein.

       She was proceeded in death by her husband, Harold; three sons, Dale, Larry and Ronald Bark; two brothers, Maynard and Lyle Forde and sister-in-law, Muggie Forde

            Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 17th at 11 a.m. at the Freeman Lutheran Church, rural Ferryville with Pastor Lori Kleppe officiating. Burial will take place in the South West Prairie Lutheran Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

            The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is proudly serving the family.

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