JILL BERNADINE ARNSONJill Bernadine Arnson, 77, of Washburn, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
Jill Bernadine Arnson, 77, of Washburn, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, while being held and comforted by her girls.
She was born July 20, 1936 in Superior, Wis., to Bruno and Issel (Smith) Granfors.
She attended school in Superior and graduated from Superior East in 1954. Post-high school, Jill fancied herself a bit of a city gal, living and working in Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis before meeting and falling in love with Tom Arnson in Washburn.
They married on May 7, 1960. They then moved into their home on 3rd street and continued to remodel it for 50+ years. Though she liked to say she always wanted three sons, she had daughter after daughter (after daughter after daughter after daughter). Jill's priority was always her children and she stayed at home with them until they went to school. After that she worked at the Bayfield County Court House as a secretary for 26 years, retiring in 1995.
Jill was a homemaker extraordinaire. She made homemade everything, including weekly bread and better-than-bakery pies. Master of organization and cleaning, there wasn't a stain she couldn't remove, a spice she didn't organize alphabetically, a sweater she couldn't knit, a patterned wallpaper she couldn't line up so precisely that the seams were undetectable. For the earlier part of her daughters' lives she made every piece of clothing we wore (and yes, the outfits were matching) and found time to make entire wardrobes for our dolls. Maybe the one thing she couldn't do was let her daughters' hair grow, so we all looked like boys for most of our childhoods. We forgive you Mom. Jill extended her skills to the outdoors, making camping an art form as she transformed our Lake Owen camp sites into a second home every summer.
She put kids through college, helped them buy and build and remodel homes, and helped raise grandchildren (much of their good grades can be attributed to her homework skills). She was a voracious reader, a gardener, a classic movie lover, and a puzzle master.
Jill was selfless and sacrificing. She would do anything for the people she loved, happy to be the quiet force behind the scenes instead of the center of attention. She had an amazing capacity for forgiveness, a giving heart, and a biting sense of humor. We are so proud that she was our mother. We will love and miss her always.
Jill was preceded in death by her husband Tom; her parents and brother Jack Granfors.
She is survived by her daughters, Heidi Arnson (Lisa Wolfert) of Minneapolis, Gwen Harmon (John) of Tomahawk, Betsy Arnson (Dan Mick) of Washburn, Peggy Arnson of Minneapolis, and Dena Arnson (Glenn Peavey) of Washburn; five grandchildren, Tyler, Katie, Sophie, Jessie and Isla, and two step grandchildren, Aaron and Taylor; nieces and nephews, many cousins, extended family and friends.
SERVICES: will not be held as Jill requested.. A private gathering to celebrate Jill's life will be held in her home; an inurnment at Woodland Cemetery in Washburn will take place this spring. The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn is assisting the family with arrangements. To view this obituary online or express online condolences, please visit bratleyfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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