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Jeffrey T. VanSomeren, 47

Jeffrey T. "Jeff" VanSomeren, age 47, of Hudson Wis., died at home surrounded by his family, on Sunday morning, April 13.

Jeff was born Oct. 4, 1966, in Willmar, Minn., to parents Lloyd and Dolores (DeYong) VanSomeren. He attended Greenfield Elementary in Baldwin, Wis., and graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1985. Jeff went on to earn a Bachelors Degree from UW-Stout. He was united in marriage to Laurel Gunderson on Oct. 24, 1992, at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, Wis. Together they have two beloved sons, Alex and Christopher. Jeff worked at Helgeson Enterprises, having held several positions there.

Jeff had a strong faith that God was his Rock and his Salvation. After receiving a lung transplant in January of 2006, he described himself as being "blessed" and didn't want anyone to lose their faith in spite of difficult situations like his. Jeff lived years past what the doctors expected him to, allowing him to enjoy life and spend more time with his sons. He found relaxation in riding motorcycles, golfing with his father, and nature and wildlife photography.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 21 years, Laurel; sons, Alex and Christopher; mother, Dolores "Dee"; sisters, Elaine (Randy) Obbink, Shareen Kamp, and Janel VanSomeren; nieces and nephew, Sydney Obbink, Joelle and Thomas Kamp; and mother-in-law, Bonnie Gunderson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd; brother-in-law, John Kamp; and father-in-law, Dennis Gunderson.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. Eleventh Street in Hudson. A celebration of Jeff's Life will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with a visitation one hour prior, at the Five Oaks Community Church, 4416 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN. Interment at the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, Wis. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear bright colors to celebrate Jeff.

Services have been entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, Wis. 715-386-3725.