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Valerie Severson 09/21/2021

Valerie Severson 09/21/2021

Valerie “Val” Severson, age 66, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, MN. She was born the daughter of Elmer and Lorraine Cook on October 24, 1954 in New Richmond, WI. She graduated from New Richmond High School, class of 1973. She married Glenn “Red” Severson on September 1, 1973.
Val spent most of her life working alongside her family at Cedar Lake Speedway but her favorite role was as a homemaker taking care of her family.
She was known for her bright fun-loving smile and infectious laugh. Val loved spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, dancing, laughing, and telling stories. More than anything Val loved spending time with her grandchildren. She absolutely loved being a grandma. Val was an avid sports fan too who cheered on her grandkids in all their sports, especially hockey and baseball. She was known around the rink and baseball field for always cheering the loudest and everyone called her “Grandma Val.”
She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers, working out at the Centre with her sisters, making salsa, cooking for her family and friends, camping with Red and the grandkids, spending time at the cabin, riding her Harley, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting and just being outdoors. She was always doing something and rarely stopped moving, talking, or laughing. She will be greatly missed by her family and so many others.
Val was preceded in death by her husband, Red; parents, Elmer and Lorraine Cook; brother, Robert Cook; and infant brothers, Joseph and John. She is survived by her daughters, Molly (Ryan) Bjurstrom and Krissy (Michael) Shepherd; grandchildren, Tyler (Ashley) Shepherd, Samuel Christensen, Jens Christensen, Grace Shepherd, and Ella Shepherd; faithful companion and watchdog, Cash “Rooster”; siblings, Donna Skramstad-King, Ted (Sue) Cook, Gary (Jean) Cook, Jan (Larry) DuBois, and Terri (Jerry) Hecht; sister-in-law, Marj Cook; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Visitation was held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4:00-7:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S. Knowles Ave) in New Richmond, WI. Graveside service was held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:00AM in Wascott Cemetery in Wascott, WI. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Gina Belisle-Miller and Jim Miller Posted September 22, 2021 9:21 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. She is now reunited with her Red.

  • Vicky Gaspord Posted September 22, 2021 9:58 am

    So sorry for the Cook/ Severson family for their loss❤🙏

  • Patsy Casey Posted September 22, 2021 11:56 am

    RIP dear Val. Your contagious smile will be remembered forever.

  • Amy and Steve Krumm Posted September 22, 2021 3:43 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Val was a blessing from above and her smile lit up the universe. Hugs to all

  • Stephanie Powers Posted September 22, 2021 6:31 pm

    My condolences.

  • patricia crandall Posted September 23, 2021 9:39 am

    That happy face, bright smile, kind words and loving hugs. You will be missed by so many who loved you Val, my prayers for your heart and soul may you rest peacefully in Gods Love.

  • Kathy Mcnamara Posted September 23, 2021 10:19 am

    Blessings on the family Val was such a lively fun beautiful smile. I am in so much shock.

  • Vonnie Johnson Posted September 23, 2021 1:16 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all.

  • Valerie Elaine Belisle Posted September 23, 2021 10:55 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of Val. Know that our thoughts, prayers & condolences are with you

  • Diane Lee Posted September 23, 2021 10:57 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Vals family.

  • Joanne Anderson Posted September 24, 2021 8:21 am

    Such a beautiful smile. Blessings to your family. May wrap you in his arms.

  • Rachel Constant Posted September 24, 2021 9:31 am

    My deepest sympathies to the Family.🙏

  • Shelly Holland Posted September 24, 2021 10:47 am

    Gods Blessings to all of you…my deepest condolences to the whole family!❤️😇

  • Angel Mortel Posted September 24, 2021 2:03 pm

    Very sorry for the family’s loss. Val was a firecracker in miniature size.

  • Edna Early Posted September 24, 2021 6:44 pm

    Val, you lived life to the fullest. You always had a smile on your face and love in your heart. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your daughters, Molly and Krissy and their families and the entire Cook/Severson families. ♥️

  • Mary Sonner Posted September 25, 2021 7:32 pm

    To Val’s family
    Just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. May God grant all of you some peace & understanding in this your time of loss & for the days ahead. All of you will forever be remembered as great neighbors, friends, & a beautiful family.

  • Becky Schalla Posted October 1, 2021 9:29 pm

    So sad to hear of this. Would of liked to of been there for my cousins and her children but found out to late. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. She was a very sweet person and wonderful cousin.

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