Marissa Leigh (Fall) Theorin, age 40, of Blanchardville, was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. She passed away peacefully at home after a brief, but courageous fight with brain cancer, with her loving family at her side. Marissa lived a life too short, but a life well-lived.
Marissa (Missy) was born to David and Pamela (Larson) Fall in Amery, WI on August 12, 1979. She was baptized and confirmed at Silver Creek Lutheran Church in Clayton, WI. She attended and graduated from Prairie Farm High School and later received an Associate Degree from Century College in White Bear Lake, MN as a Legal Assistant. She moved to Madison to be near her future husband during his last two years of college and worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice and later at MetaStar.
On June 07, 2003 she married the love of her life and her school classmate and friend since kindergarten, Chris Theorin, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. This union was blessed with two children, Kyle David, age 14, and Mazie Brien, age 12.
Missy became a stay-at-home mom and was totally involved in her children’s lives. She drove them many miles to athletic contests, gymnastics, piano lessons, church activities, and scouts. Along the way she was a Sunday School teacher, assistant basketball coach, Den Leader and assistant Cub Master, PTA member, and “Team Mom” for Kyle’s hockey teams. She was a pet lover and a detail-oriented organizer and planner.
Missy was a big hockey fan and she and Chris were long-time season ticket holders at Wisconsin Badger games. She loved travelling with her family and friends, having taken many vacations, both in the country and abroad in Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. She and Chris were passionate about travelling to find new adventures, often revolving around discovering fun breweries and brew fests.
A great passion in Marissa’s life was the public-school system, especially the Pecatonica Area School District. Her mission was to provide a foundation for every student to succeed. She was an active volunteer at book fairs and served on the Pecatonica School Board. Her most recent major volunteer effort was as a founder and manager of the ‘Pec Pantry’ Backpack Program, which targets food-insecurity in the school district.
Missy was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Clement and MaryAnn (Krecker) Fall and maternal grandparents, Franklin and Tina (Hauser) Larson.
She is survived by her husband Chris, son Kyle, daughter Mazie, parents David and Pamela Fall of Clayton, WI, sisters Elizabeth (Bob) Harrop of Park Falls, WI, Jennifer (Chad) Herman of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Ashley (Josh) Balts of Rice Lake, WI. Also, by father and mother-in-law Lee and Cindy Theorin of Menomonie, WI, and sisters-in-law Jess (Noah) Holm of St. Paul, MN and Julie (Aaron) Robel of Elk Mound, WI, along with many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends and neighbors.
Marissa’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all of the healthcare workers who have been with her through the last four months, especially all of the doctors and nurses in the UW-Madison Neurology & Radiation Oncology departments and the wonderful staff from Agrace Hospice Care. A special thanks to all the friends and neighbors who have provided meals for our family members in the past weeks and months.
In lieu of flowers, Chris would suggest memorials be made in Marissa’s name to the following charities: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern WI, No Kid Hungry, or Feeding America.
In these days of COVID-19, if you don’t wish to travel, or if you have special memories of Marissa, please consider leaving the family a short video with a notebook computer or a smart phone by going to the following link:
A visitation and celebration of her life observing social distancing with wearing of masks requested will be held on Sunday, July 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Blanchard Hall, 204 South Main Street in Blanchardville. A Christian Lutheran funeral service observing social distancing will be held at the upper McKellar Park shelter at 304 Curve Street in Blanchardville on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM. If the weather is good, bring lawn chairs so people can be further distanced and comfortable. The service will be livecast on the Saether Funeral Service Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/saetherfuneralservice
Fellowship and a meal will follow at the park. Saether Funeral Service in Blanchardville is assisting the family. Online memories, condolences and video greetings can be left for the family at www.saetherfuneralservice.com
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