Ethel Lenora Ledding, 75, of Madison, Wis. formerly of Fergus Falls

Published 11:17am Monday, October 21, 2013


Ethel Lenora Ledding, 75, of Madison, Wis., died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Madison.

She was born the first of four girls to Arthur and Myrtle (Carlson) Loften on Aug. 16, 1935, in Fergus Falls.

After marrying the love of her life, Harlan Ledding in 1954, they moved to Madison to find employment rather than stay on the Ledding family farm. They divorced in 1987.

Our graceful, loving, beautiful mother, loved her flower and vegetable gardens, putting up the bounty for her large family for the winter months.

She sewed for her home and family, learning upholstery to update otherwise fine furniture.

Mom loved to travel and didn’t hesitate to visit her kids anywhere they lived, from California to overseas.

Cruising was a favorite and her interest in genealogy took her to Norway and Sweden with her daughter, Karen. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved to dance the night away with Harlan.

Ethel is survived by her former husband, Harlan; sons, Brian, Erik and Steve (Amy); daughters, Brenda Hetzel, Candy (Tom) Silber and Karen (friend, John Burgar); along with 10 grandchildren, Brian, Jr., Nick and Alexander Ledding, Heather Minges, Jason (Sara) Behnke, Shawn (Sheena) Behnke, Kira Hankins, Layne, Isla and Easton Ledding; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna (David) Johnson, Margaret (Larry) Soliah and Marian Fronning, all of Fergus Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a grandchild, Reed Ledding.

A celebration of life service is planned from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, at Olbrich Gardens, in the Atrium Room in Madison.

All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services in Madison is in charge of arrangements.



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