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Thomas E Fagerland

Thomas E Fagerland

Thomas E. Fagerland, age 78 of Mondovi, died peacefully Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with his family by his side.

Tom was born on August 19, 1941 in Eau Claire. He was the son of Harley and Marie (Staub) Fagerland. Tom grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School. After high school, Tom attended UW-Madison and was then recruited by Coast to Coast to setup stores throughout the Midwest. Tom married Judy Biesterveld on December 5, 1964 in Durand. After marriage, they lived in the Durand area where they raised their family. Tom worked at Durand Builders in Durand for many years. Tom and Judy bought the Durand Café, it was their version of “Cheer’s”, sharing friends, stories and good times. In retirement, Tom enjoyed spending time on the farm where he tended to his chickens, worm farm and vegetable garden. One of Tom's favorite places in this world is his Maple Camp, a cozy cabin he built in the woods.  It was the scene of many family memories of deer hunting, sitting around campfires, bird watching and quiet afternoons snoozing on the front porch. 

Tom was a jack-of-all-trades and the master of practically all of them:  star basketball player, expert fisherman, carpenter, farmer, storyteller, restauranteur, poultry farmer and hardware store scion. His laugh was infectious; it was especially raucous after he spun one of his many humorous yarns.  He could tell a joke or make clever and funny repartees with the best of them. Tom’s pride in his children and grandchildren was unbridled and rightfully so. 

Tom is survived by his children; Kipper of Durand, Elizabeth of Mondovi, Tonja (Bob) Binkowski of Plum City, and Kyle (Julia) of Mondovi, his eight grandchildren: Harley, Savannah (Fiancé Trevor Baier) and Tess Fagerland, Bailey (Special Friend Derek Dusek) Fagerland, Joe, Dalton and Dillon Binkowski, Christopher Clements, his two great grandchildren: Aria Binkowski and Keegan Fagerland, one brother; John (Jo Ann) Fagerland of Somerset, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; Judy and great grandson; Noah Fagerland.

A Celebration of Life will be 4:00PM-8:00PM Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Mondovi at a later date.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  2. Pat Petrie / Kurth

    My sincere condolences to the family. I have many memories--one that comes to mind was for several years Tom and Judy shared their trip to Spain with my 5th grade class by showing their movie reels and narrating the bull fighting experience. Tom was such an enthusiest-- the kids were spellbound! He always seemed to love life. What memories you all must have to treasure!k


    Sympathy to the Fagerland family. Will keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Angela Marie Van Dyke-Elmore

    Liz and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your Dad, trips to Coast to Coast to look at toys, and of course his infectious laugh! May God's Love and Light wrap you in his warm embrace. With deepest sympathies...Angela, Brian, and Collin

  5. Joanne Hovey

    May your many happy memories help you smile with your tears. Sympathy to family.

  6. Don and Jane Rahman

    Our sincere sympathies at the loss of your dad and grandpa. Tom was an amazing man who always had a smile to share with others! The Coast to Coast was a fun place to shop and always had lots of knowledgeable help for shoppers....along with a good laugh! What a talent Tom had!

  7. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sympathy to the Fagerland family.

  8. Mitch Doverspike

    JoAnne and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Tom Fagerland. He was such a kind and gentle, soft spoken man. I remember Tom from Coast to Coast. Many good memories. R.I.P. our friend. May God BLESS your family with healing. Prayers are being sent from Mitch and JoAnne. Vanx

  9. Cheri and Gene Guazzo

    Dear Kyle and Julia, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We pray you feel the joy of knowing the suffering in this human life is over, and now your fathers eternity begins. The love of God is beyond our comprehension and we pray that will bring you comfort . May God Bless all of you and may you feel the peace of God to calm your hearts.

  10. Sharon griffin

    Kipper, I am sorry to hear of your Dad`s passing.

  11. thomas biles

    sorry for your loss
    prayers to the family

  12. Floyd Briggs

    We are extremely sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for your family.

  13. Kerry Grippen

    My sympathy & prayers are with Tom’s family. I remember Tom as a great basketball player in high school & as a wonderful guy later in life. He had a great sense of humor & was a delight to know & call a friend.

  14. Paula

    Kyle and family so sorry for the loss of your dad and the kids grandfather i hope the memories you have last throught out the years

    ill keep you all in my thoughts

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