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Mary Fortney

November 4, 1929 ~ August 10, 2018 (age 88)

Mary Fortney, age 88 passed away on Friday morning, August 10th, 2018 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.  She was born on November 4, 1929 to Dr. Rufus and Alverda (Bekkedal) Fortney.  She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1947.  She went on to graduate from Milwaukee Downer and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She worked at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the departmental library.  After receiving her Master’s Degree she took a job at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  She retired from Northwestern and returned to Viroqua in 1995.   After moving to Viroqua she became very active on the Board of Directors of the Associates to Restore the Temple Theatre. (ARTT).  She also was active in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 

Mary is survived by Martin Bekkedal and family, Maren Johnson and family, Tekla Bekkedal, Joanna Bekkedal Hersel’s children, Jon (Paulette) Hersel, Kristine (Arlin) Polsfut, Anne (Jack) Kane, and Dean (Patty) Hersel.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara.  The family is very appreciative of the special care given Mary by Lorna Olson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 13th, 2018 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Yvonne Marshall officiating.  Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. on Monday. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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