Charlene Wold. Submitted photo
Charlene Wold. Submitted photo

Charlene Adele Wold, age 49, of Hudson, WI, passed away tragically on February 19, 2017.

Charlene was born on June 21, 1967 in Baldwin, WI, the youngest child of John and Molly (Agner) Bourne. She grew up in Woodville, WI, along with her eight brothers and sisters, and graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School, the class of 1985. 

Earlier in life, she worked as a waitress for the Hudson’s Dog Track.  It was while working at Petco that she discovered her love for animals, inspiring her to open her own pet grooming business, Spots Professional Grooming, in Lakeland, MN. Charlene also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for St. Croix County Emergency Medical Services. During this time, she also worked at Shorty’s Dry Cleaner in Hudson. 

Aside from being a dedicated and hardworking business owner, Charlene was an avid painter and reader. She loved being outdoors, whether that was tending to her garden, sitting around a bonfire on warm summer nights, running, or being on the back of a motorcycle with Darrell. She was the definition of a people person: someone who was warm, caring, and loving. Though she was an opinionated woman with an “open book” personality, you could always trust Charlene’s genuine honesty and sincerity. Her family was her greatest passion and joy, and those qualities made her an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell; children: Shelbi Wold of River Falls, WI, and Sterling Wold (McKenna Anderson) of Hudson, WI; step-son, Darrell Jr. (Erica) Wold of Hammond, WI; step-grandson, Dakota Wold of Hammond, WI; and siblings: Richard Bourn of Woodville WI, Leann (Ventura) Rodriquez of Wilson, WI, Tom (Judy) Bourn of Roberts, WI, Nanette (Mike) Nielson of Wilson, WI, Jim (Robin) Bourn of Menomonie, WI, Aleta (Mark) Martell of Dayton, TX, Debbie (Mark) Lee of Centerville, SD, and Marilyn (Jeff) Riehm of Greenfield, MO. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Molly Bourn Olson and John Bourn; step-father, Marcel Olson; and son, Logan Reese. 

Family and friends gathered on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, to reflect on Charlene’s life. Memorials are preferred to the family or St. Croix Animal Friends, scafshelter.org. Interment will be private.

O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. (715) 386-3725.