Sherry Lee (Knutson) Getter, age 70 of Brush Hollow (Viroqua), took her final bow when she died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, August 14th at Clare Bridge memory care unit in LaCrosse. She was born on March 27th, 1950 in Waukegan, IL to Francis “Buster” and Rita (Thoreson) Knutson. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1968 where she was active in forensics, drama, band, choir and cheerleading. She was also in 4-H, a Badger State girl, won the Presidential Physical Fitness award and was the Vernon County Dairy Princess. She married the love of her life, Rod, on June 28th, 1969 at St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. She attended the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in 1972. While in school at UWL, she did her student teaching at Westby High School where she also coached girls’ track. In 1973, she began her teaching career at Viroqua High School where she taught English, semantics and speech. She spent the rest of her career at Viroqua High School until she retired in 2008. She absolutely loved teaching, coaching and mentoring her students and was very active and passionate about getting kids involved in extracurricular activities and the arts. During her time at VHS, she was the cheerleading advisor, forensics coach, one act director and drama department director. She was also recognized for her talents by becoming the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 1996, earning the Kohl Fellowship award in 1999, she was inducted onto the Wall of Excellence at Viroqua Area Schools, and she was inducted into the WHSFA Hall of Fame in 2013 along with many other accolades and recognitions. Sherry was also a very active and dedicated member of English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Viroqua where she was the superintendent of the Sunday School program, a leader in the youth group and was a member of the church choir. Sherry and her family were recognized by the Viroqua Rotary as the “Family of the Year” in 1997. She was also a board member of ARTT and helped with the restoration of the Temple Theater in downtown Viroqua. Following retirement, Sherry so loved spending time with her family and friends and watching her grandchildren grow. She loved life and lived it to the fullest every day by “giving her all” and “leaving this place better than she found it.”
Sherry is survived by her son, Jerrod (Jenny) Getter and their children Jenevieve, Juliette, Jessie, and Jansen. Daughter, Jennie (Craig) Voter and their children Sarah and Rebecca. Son, Jonah (Ashley) Getter and their son Jace. Her siblings, Sue Knutson, Sandy Knutson, Mark (Gloria) Knutson, Mike Knutson, and Stacy Knutson. Her-in-laws, Donna Getter, Rich (Lynette) Getter, Roger (Jackie) Getter, Ruth (Jim) Schneck, Linda (Ron) Townsend, and Lisa (Mike) Bausch. Her aunts and uncles, Harriet Storer, Carol (Gary) Deaver, and Connie (Karen) McGarry. Many nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Rod, parents Francis “Buster” and Rita Knutson, father-in-law Norman Getter, aunt and uncle Erling (Janet) Goplin, and others.
She was loved dearly and will be missed by so many. Blessed be her memory. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (New International Version, Matthew 25:23).
Family and friends may call on Tuesday August 18th from 5-8pm at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, if attending we ask you to please wear a mask if possible, per state guidelines. Private family services will be held. Burial will take place in the Brush Hollow Cemetery. Memorials may be made out to the English Lutheran Church. The family has also set up a Sherry Getter Memorial Fund for the Arts. Memorials may be given to the family or at any WCCU location. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.thorsonfuneralhome.com
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