Elisabeth A. Fjelstad

April 24, 1939 - March 29, 2024


Obituary For Elisabeth A. Fjelstad

Verona- Elisabeth “Lis” A. Fjelstad, age 84, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, WI. She was born on April 24, 1939, to Frederick and Anna (Daniels) Wenger in Madison, WI. Lis married Wally Pankonin on April 24, 1996, in Verona, WI.

Lis loved to travel the world which led her to learn Spanish as an adult. She enjoyed taking pictures on all her trips, was an avid reader, who also enjoyed collecting books and enjoyed listening to music. In Lis free time, you would find her quilting, she was also part of the Women’s Guild and president of Council at Salem United Church of Christ in Verona.

Elisabeth is survived by her husband; granddaughter, Lisa Bakken; brother, Frederick Wenger and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Preceded in death by her daughter, Terry Bakken; parents and sister, Etta Klais.

A special thank you to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Dr, Verona, WI. Visitation will take place from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem United Church of Christ or Agrace HospiceCare.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Verona Chapel

220 Enterprise Drive



5 Apr


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Salem United Church of Christ 501 Mark Drive Verona, WI 53593 Get Directions »
5 Apr

Celebration of Life Service

11:00 AM

Salem United Church of Christ 501 Mark Drive Verona, WI 53593 Get Directions »
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  • April 02, 2024

    My sympathy to Wally and Lis' family and many friends. We lost a beautiful friend.💔 Joyce Freisinger

  • April 01, 2024

    Thinking of all of the close friends and family of Lis.

  • April 01, 2024

    Thinking of you, Wally, so sorry for your loss. Wes and Kay Curtis


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    garry Williams sent Beautiful Dreams for Elisabeth A. Fjelstad - April 04, 2024

    our thoughts and prayers are with you. Garry and Amelia Williams

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