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January 25, 2022

12/3/2021 5:26:00 AM
Laurel Pence

Laurel Pence, age 87, died on Nov. 23, 2021, in Merrill. She was born on Nov. 22, 1934, in Rhinelander, the daughter of Roland and Bessie (Steele) Simons. She lost her Mom when she was just an infant and was raised by her grandparents. She attended schools in Rhinelander, graduating from Rhinelander High School in 1952. One night at the Al-Gen Supper Club she met Harold Pence for a date. On May 31, 1958 they were married and God blessed them with 43 years of marriage. Harold preceded her in death on October 10, 2001.

Besides raising five children, Laurel was employed at a number of different places throughout Rhinelander during her lifetime. They included Cleary's Dairy, the OB Dept. at St. Mary's Hospital, the Claridge, the Northwestern, McDonald's, Forward Services and for attorney Lee Bernsteen. She also babysat for quite a few children. In the little spare time she had she enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing. She will be remembered for always either singing or humming all day long. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Laurel is survived by her children, Jody (Mike) Fleming, Tuck (Mary) Pence, Mike (Lynda) Pence, Jon (Pam) Pence and Boone (Christy) Pence, her grandchildren Jameson, Elijah, Abbi and Cora, her sister Joyce Busche, nieces, nephews, other family and many friends. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Dorothy Meyer and her brothers Robert, Gene and Orly Simons.

Visitation for Laurel was held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon, with the funeral service following at noon, all at the Carlson Funeral Home. You may leave your private condolences for the Pence family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Pence family.

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