Chris Lee Skoglund, 67, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, November 26thshoveling snow and taking no prisoners. She loved her family, America and Marlboro Lights.
She was born in Lorraine, Ohio to young parents, Richard and Shirley Hailey and before she could talk, had an opinion on everything.
Chris attended New Richmond High School until she decided she knew better and dropped out. She eventually felt obligated to get her GED from WITC to be able to be able to say “she graduated” and had a chip on her shoulder ever since. If there was anything Chris needed to know, she obsessively researched it until she was an expert. Chris was as equally as versed in the Kennedy assassination, scientology, politics, and pop culture as she was in power tools, home renovation and gardening. You truly never knew what to expect with Chris. There was a beautiful randomness and a drive to her insatiable curiosity that was unmatched.
On one given day she could be found self-tiling an unfinished bathroom, and on another, researching how to self-inject her own Botox illegally shipped from South Korea (which she did regularly). This very curiosity and disregard of societal norms resulted in an self-confidence that her survivors will carry on in spirit.
Chris Skoglund is survived by her husband Steve Skoglund (proudly married for 40-years). When asked what their secret to a successful marriage, Steve responded “I knew when to keep my mouth shut.” Steve loved Chris very much.
Chris cherished her three children and their respective spouses, Mike (38) & Liz Skoglund (34), Natalie (31) & Shane Spaeth (40) and her middle-not-single-but-not-yet-married-but-very-much-in-love-gay-son Tom (35).
She’s also fortunate enough to have met and spoiled three grandchildren, Quinn Van-Ess (11), Rhett Spaeth (4), and Elin Skoglund (1).
We will all miss her unconditional love and remember how special she made every holiday season as we continue to uphold her legacy. Christmas time and family meant everything to Chris.
Chris’ wake was held on Friday, December 1st at the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond, Wisconsin at 10AM. The wake was followed by a brief ceremony (Pastor Fred promised) at 12PM sharp and followed by a celebration of life (read: open bar) at the New Richmond Golf Club until 6PM.
Donations on behalf of Chris may be made to New Richmond Rotary Foundation or the New Richmond Community Foundations.
ChatGPT said we’d be remiss to also mention Chris’ dysfunctional family which she is also survived by, starting with the very oldest (and we mean ancient) to youngest.
Cheryl & Billy Reese
Richard Hailey & Barb Swanson
Carol & David Somsen
Jon & Mary Hailey
David & Susan Bestler
And, of course, all of their respective children!
Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.