Funeral services for Valerie Lea Thoreson, 45, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. Rev. Luther Thoresen will officiate the service.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., today at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.
Interment will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven.
Valerie passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Manor Care in Waterloo.
Valerie Lea Thoreson was born on January 7, 1963, in Spencer. She is the daughter of Wanda (Thoreson) Mills. Valerie attended Ruthven Community School where she enjoyed participating in sports, band and cheerleading. She was exceptionally good in track and went on to the Junior Olympics in 1977.
On April 27, 1980, Val was involved in a devastating motorcycle accident which left her paralyzed from the chest down. She spent eight years at the Emmetsburg Care Center and from there she went to live in Waterloo.
Val struggled with her paralysis and with the acceptance of her disability, but as she continued to work through these issues she found an even greater strength in her desire for a relationship with Jesus. Val stated, "Now that I know Jesus and I am going to Heaven, I am a much happier person." She touched the lives of many people and she appreciated all that those individuals did for her.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Effie and Knute Thoreson.
Valerie is survived by her mother, Wanda Mills and her husband, Richard of Spencer; a brother, Justin Thoreson and his wife, Dawn of Granite Falls, Wash.; as well as other relatives and countless friends.
Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.