EAU CLAIRE — Doris June Olson Perrenoud, 77, of Chippewa Falls passed away on May 10, 2008, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
Doris was born on June 6, 1930, in Waukegan, Ill., to Vernie and Gladys (McKinster) Olson, but was raised as a child in the Cornell, Drywood, Jim Falls and Chippewa Falls areas. She talked often about going to the little country school near Drywood and playing with her brothers and cousins around those areas while growing up. She graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in May 28, 1948, and then worked at the Chippewa Shoe Company and Presto Industries, where she made some very close friends to this day.
Doris married Stephen Arthur Perrenoud on April 14, 1956, at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. They had two sons, Stephen Arthur Perrenoud Jr. “Stevie” and Patrick Perrenoud and a daughter, Karen, who died in infancy.
Doris and Steve, Sr. later divorced around 1975, but Doris would stop by the shop, and she and Steve, Sr. would talk for long periods about the past, laughing and reminiscing about the good times. There was forgiveness on each one’s part, and a certain bond between them in which the flame never burned out. Bless them both!
She enjoyed playing cribbage, bingo, going to Turtle Lake and trying to hit the symbols. She liked thrift sales and flea markets. Another love was the American Indians and their cultures. She enjoyed reading articles and watching documentaries about Native American heritage. The Indian prayer, “Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins,” was a guidepost for her in dealing with other people.
Doris loved the Irish tenors, and her favorite song, “O’Danny Boy,” which you can listen to on youtube.com in many versions. She would love for you to hear it.
Mom loved the West, Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, Badlands and the Plains. She was forever grateful that she had been able to go to these places on different occasions. She also loved going to see relatives and friends all over, and had a special affection for the town of Little Falls, Minn.
Doris is survived by: her sons, Stephen Arthur Perrenoud, Jr., and Patrick; niece, Linda (Mike Bergeron) Felmlee, and her children, Joshua and Stacy Felmlee; nephew, Paul Pesavento; her wonderful and loving aunt, Doris Dressel; many, many McKinster heritage cousins and other cousins, their spouses and children; and her many dear, true friends throughout America.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; brother, Myron “Mike,” who drowned at Brunet Island State Park in 1944 (who she missed forever); infant daughter, Karen; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Vernon and Clyta Olson, Don and Alyce Pesavento; nephew, Wayne M. Olson; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her little poodle, Snoopy, all of whom she loved so dearly.
Doris passed and left this world very peacefully in the way she wanted to, on her own terms. No rest homes, no life support equipment or modern medical science of any kind to prolong any pain, agony or suffering for her or for her sons. She fulfilled her own wishes by making a living will and her own spoken words, right to her last breath. She passed as she lived, on her own terms and wishes, and not on anyone else’s.
Doris was a trouper, and she will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends.
As per her lifelong request, there will be no wake or funeral. She said for all to remember her having fun, smiling and laughing. That’s how she wanted to be remembered.
Doris will be cremated and interred at Prairie View Cemetery, village of Lake Hallie, Chippewa County, at a later time and date. Her after-life wishes will be as she requested.
In lieu of flowers, money, or anything else, please give to a charity or help anyone of your choice. Doris would be very happy to be remembered in this way.