Brenda J. Solum

August 21, 1944 — May 6, 2024


TOMAH- Brenda J. Solum, age 79, of Tomah, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, after a brief illness.  She was born on August 21, 1944, in Tomah, Wisconsin to Roy “Babe” and Colene (Lambert) Harp.   

Before Brenda found her forever love, Lloyd, with whom she united on January 25, 1969, she was briefly married to LaVern Woodard, a union that blessed her with her daughters, Debra and Lisa. Her love story with Lloyd blossomed by the soda fountain of Steele’s drugstore, a sweet beginning to a romance that would stand the test of time.

Professionally, Brenda dedicated 41 years to Dean’s Refrigeration, where her diligent work in the office was a testament to her strong work ethic and commitment. She served her community with pride as the Town of Grant Clerk.

First and foremost, family was everything to Brenda.  She never missed a gathering or event and being together brought her great happiness.  Brenda found joy in the thrill of casinos, the intricate beauty of diamond painting, and the excitement of planning travels. A mother with a strict yet sassy approach, Brenda instilled the importance of family traditions, creating a loving bond that will be treasured for generations.

Brenda is survived by her daughters, Debra (Mike) Bauer and Lisa (Ron) Scheitler, her sister, Roxie (Jack) O’Connor, her grandchildren, Jenny Rattle, Jessica (Anthony) Reeves, and Dylan (Alysse) Scheitler, and her great-grandchildren, Taylor and Mason Reeves, and Henry and Eleanor Scheitler. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends.

She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Lloyd, her sister, Bev McFarlane, and her beloved grandchildren, Abigail and Dana Scheitler, and great-granddaughter, Maxine Scheitler.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah.  Pastor Bob Streeter will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Warren Mills Cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home, as well as on Friday, May 10, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  The Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at

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