Sarah 2012
Sarah Jean Thorsland
  • 13 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 8, 2000
  • Place of birth:
    New Richland, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 27, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Osceola, Wisconsin, United States
Let the memory of Sarah be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Sarah Thorsland, 13, born on February 8, 2000 and passed away on October 27, 2013. We will remember her forever.


Please make any donations to The Ronald McDonald House who were unconditionally gracious and helpful or Osceola Medical Center and Gillette Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by joleen funk on 27th October 2016

"I have spent a lot of time this year (after retiring) thinking of former students. Sarah will always shine as a young lady who thought of others' even as she always gave her all. She truly made her mark in Osceola while God worked through her here. Prayers and hope to family and friends..."

This tribute was added by Tara Gross on 8th February 2016

"Happy Birthday, Dear Sarah!"

This tribute was added by joleen funk on 8th February 2016

"Remembering Sarah on this special day."

This tribute was added by Georgia Piilola on 5th December 2015

"I see Sarah in every snowmobile class I teach, I did not know her but I feel as if I lost a member of my unit in the service. Each  year I share  her story with the class, This year I will have each student look Sarah up them self's With the hope that they will have some connection to such a terrible tragedy. Just maybe with Sarah's help we can prevent this from happening again. Thank you for allowing me to post.    Jim Piilola Hurley Wi."

This tribute was added by Tara Gross on 27th October 2015

"Thinking about and missing you Sarah!"

This tribute was added by Taylor Weber on 26th October 2015

"Thinking of you a lot right now. ❤️"

This tribute was added by Geena Challeen on 11th October 2015

"Thinking of you"

This tribute was added by Jaclyn Berneking on 7th October 2015

"Hi kiddo!
Not sure exactly why, but today and the last few weeks, I've really been thinking of you and missing you as a part of your class. I have many of them back in class as sophomores and you will always be such a huge part of them. I have your book mark from your "celebration of life" and look at it all the time. This morning when I was running I saw a falling star and a little bit of northern lights.....they always remind me of the angels watching us in heaven! I have the picture Cora drew of you up on the wall in my classroom! You are always with us! Praying for everyone who misses you to have God's strength with in them!"

This tribute was added by Madalyn Wellumson on 7th August 2015

"hi rah, just thinking about you. i wish you were here with me this summer. love you"

This tribute was added by joleen funk on 9th February 2015

"Happy Birthday, Sarah.  Remembering you always.  Mrs. Funk"

This tribute was added by Geena Challeen on 8th February 2015


This tribute was added by Stephanie Nelson on 27th October 2014

"Sarah, We are missing you especially today on the day that you went to be with the Lord one year ago. It seems like just yesterday you were here with us in Buck Ridge: swimming in Edling's pool, playing with Comet, or "dancing with the bears." You gave us a beautiful sunny day yesterday for your Memorial Walk, and were smiling down on everyone as they walked in your memory. I miss you everyday, sweet Sarah, but can't wait for the day when we will see each other again."

This tribute was added by Kelsey Kromrey on 25th October 2014

"I miss u so much"

This tribute was added by Madalyn Wellumson on 23rd October 2014

"I miss you, it's crazy how it's almost been one year without you and I feel like your going to walk in my room standing there telling me it was all a dream. The day will come when I see you again but until then I will always remember you as my best friend and the time we had, even though it was short. I hope your watching over me and is there with me in high school like we had planned. I love you Rah. xox"

This tribute was added by joleen funk on 23rd October 2014

"Dear Sarah & Family,
One whole year has nearly passed since we saw that smile and heard that laugh. I truly do think of you everyday.  I pray for your family and friends, and I am so grateful to know that you are safe and sound with the Lord. :) Love and prayers always and forever...
Remember what your 4th grade memory book said, "No matter where you matter what you do...Mrs. Funk will always love you. ""

This tribute was added by Sarah Benbouia on 16th September 2014

"Sarah! I was really looking forward to talking to you this year & actually getting to know you! It sucks knowing that your still gone to this day, next month will be a year. Time flies by so fast. It's incredible how strong your friends are and family! We miss you lots & hope your doing safe up there"

This tribute was added by Douglas Kromrey on 16th September 2014

"Dear Sarah, as I sit at my desk this morning I thought its time to let you know that I have been able to get to know you through all your great family and friends. Wow what a remarkable young Girl you are. Recently this past spring some great friends introduced us to Eagle Brook Church, I not only found Jesus Christ there , but I also found you there too. You my friend are truly a blessing from God. You will always " have a special place in my heart " Prayers and thoughts to your family and your friends.  God Bless"

This tribute was added by Miranda Chapman on 15th September 2014

"Hello Sarah,
So, it was rough starting Freshman year without you. Its almost been a year... A year since we lost someone, so dear to all of us. We all love and miss you... <3"

This tribute was added by Alessia Chock on 18th June 2014

"Your smile, your laughter
-Only a memory.
Your voice, your personality
-Only a memory.
Sometimes people mention your name.
Some just keep quiet.
But no matter what is or isn't said.
You're always on someone's mind.
About 8 months have gone by,
But it seems like only yesterday,
You were by your family's side.
We can only think of who you'd be,
To us, you only remain a memory.
It's been a while since you've been gone.
For your friends and family, things just aren't the same.
It still doesn't seem real.
Who holds the blame?
If love could have saved you,
You'd still be here today.
The love we hold for you,
Will never change.
As you lay in a still rest,
God broke our hearts to prove he took the best.
Everything you did, everything you were.
It's only a memory."

This tribute was added by Madalyn Wellumson on 15th March 2014

"Hey rah just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I miss you, I love you so much. Cant wait to make more memories when I see you again. I am so lucky to have gotten a best friend like you even for the short time but I cant wait to bestfriends for much longer when I see you next.
Xox, Dougie."

This tribute was added by Geena Challeen on 6th March 2014

"Words cant explain how happy and lucky I was to consider you one of my best friends Sarah. So grateful for our memories, inside jokes and lazy days we had together. No words to describe how much us girls miss you. Thanks for always being so great, rah. Love always bean"

This tribute was added by Tara Gross on 8th February 2014

"Dear Sarah, I'm thinking about you today more than ever. You're forever in my heart & always on my mind. Miss you. Love, Tara  P.S. Happy birthday!"

This tribute was added by joleen funk on 16th December 2013

"I am thinking about Sarah and her family during this holiday season.  She brought so much joy into my fourth-grade classroom.  I hope that her family can experience some joy, even in their sorrow, during this season. Lots of prayers..."

This tribute was added by Marcia Dressel on 20th November 2013

"Sarah's face in the library/classroom was a teacher's encouragement With a gentle smile, listening and attentive eyes, she was helpful and kind to her classmates."

This tribute was added by Alessia Chock on 6th November 2013

""I hope your dancing in the sky,
and i hope your singing in the angels choir,
and i hope the angels know what they have,
I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived" ~ Dani & Lizzy"

This tribute was added by joleen funk on 6th November 2013

"What a wonderful legacy Sarah has left for her fellow students here at Osceola.  She will be forever missed and forever loved."

This tribute was added by Chad Landes on 5th November 2013

"Sarah, you have touched the hearts of so many people with your story.  I too did not know you personally.  On behalf of all of snowmobile safety instructors, your spirit will forever live on.  God took an angel.  May your spirit bless all of those lives you have touched directly and indirectly.  You will forever be remembered and you will always have a special place in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Sue Smedegard on 4th November 2013

"The loss of this beautiful young lady will forever change the way snowmobile safety instructors think - all any of us want is for the kids to be safe, enjoy snowmobiling.  She will never be forgotten.  Our prayers for this family, Sarah's classmates, family, friends, the safety instructors, and all of Osceola, Wisconsin."

This tribute was added by austin reed on 4th November 2013

"although I did not know you personally you have affected my, and everyone around me in a unfathomable way. your story has touched everyone of our hearts so personally and words cannot describe what we are feeling. this morning I watched a room full of snowmobilers feel the pain of losing a friend we have yet to meet.  thoughts and prayers go out to your family- A Wisconsin Snowmobiler"

This tribute was added by Milissa Wilson on 3rd November 2013

"Sarah, I also did not know you personally. However, my daughter Raychel  (who is a 6th grader at OMS) did. Her words to me after hearing of your passing."Mom, she was so nice and so pretty. She was always happy and so easy to talk to!" So in otherwords, an AWESOME person! May god bless your family. I hope it brings them some comfort knowing what a very special guardian angel they now have!"

This tribute was added by Joe Rysdam on 2nd November 2013

""I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.  They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.  Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.  We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love."   Leo Buscaglia"

This tribute was added by Macey Awe on 1st November 2013

"We miss you so much already Sarah. I wish I would have had the chance to get to know you. We will always love you and you won't be forgotten. You are forever in our hearts. Rest in Paradise Sarah <3"

This tribute was added by Marge Challeen on 31st October 2013

"From the moment she came into earth she was a gift, to when the day she left us to realize she was a blessing. Miss you Sarah"

This tribute was added by Doreen Snell on 30th October 2013

"May God be with you and your family during this time.  Sarah will be watching over all of you and guide you during the hard times."

This tribute was added by Katharina Deitermann on 30th October 2013

"May God Bless the Thorsland family."

This tribute was added by joe bergquist on 30th October 2013

"Our prayers are with you and your family, Jay.  May God bless you.
Joe and Casey"

This tribute was added by Sarah Benbouia on 29th October 2013

"Sarah, I remember talking to you on facebook like two years ago. And you would always be nice. I remember me saying that you were one of my favorite 5th graders when I was in 6th grade. I've never talked to you in person before. And I really wish I could of talked to you though :/ Hope your doing well up there. Rest In Peace <3"

This tribute was added by Heidi Kinzer on 29th October 2013

"I heard about the accident ,so sorry you were a beautiful young lady,you will be surely missed by your family and friends and most of all the The Community of Osceola.R.I.P Sarah prayers go out to your family."

This tribute was added by Carissa Holdt on 29th October 2013

"Sarah, even though I didnt talk to you alot, I saw you around the middle school last year. You were always smiling and so happy! You are a true angle and will be missed by the whole community!"

This tribute was added by Marissa Chamernick on 29th October 2013

"Sarah, I'm blessed to have been able to watch you grow, as a person and as a dancer. You've become a beautiful girl, inside and out. Being able to teach dance to you and then being able to dance along side of you as well is something I will always be grateful for. Our dance studio will never ever forget you! Dance in heaven for us angel <3 rest in paradise"

This tribute was added by Jaelyn Barkla on 29th October 2013

"Sarah, We have lost an all around wonderful person. You always knew how to light a room.  In your honor middle, and high school students wore purple. You will forever be missed and loved. Rest In Peace Darlin. <3"

This tribute was added by Mary Flood on 29th October 2013

"My sweet Sarah!  I know you are singing your sweet melody with the angels.  I will always remember summers at our pool, spooky paths, jelly stone and neighborhood parties and how you grew from a toddler into such a beautiful young woman.  It was great seeing you come out of your shell these last few years!"

This tribute was added by Evan Adams on 29th October 2013

"SaRah- your smile lit up the world! You are truly a inspiration to this town. You united us as one our community became one big family! Today we wore purple in your honer. So many people dressed in purple it was amazing! Rah your group of girls are amazing, strong, loving! Their is not a moment they don't miss you. I hope your dancing in the clouds right now! With a that big bright smile!"

This tribute was added by Christine Schreck on 29th October 2013

"Sarah - you have left a mark on this world!! Its pretty evident by all the incredible memories being shared by your friends, family and loved ones.  Osceola lost a special girl, but gained a beautiful angel. May God protect you now and provide strength and healing to your family.... And also bring comfort to the sadness we feel in Osceola.  Love You Sarah"

This tribute was added by Madison Maelea on 28th October 2013

"Dance With The Angels Sarah!"

This tribute was added by Kristin Boileau on 28th October 2013

"While remembering your smile and fun spirit from your Elementary days Sarah, makes your loss so heartbreaking. Your memory lives on in so many people you have touched in your short life. May you continue to dance with the angels. My prayers are with your friends and loved ones who will be with you someday."

This tribute was added by Madison Maelea on 28th October 2013

"Sarah I will miss you very much. I didn't know you very well but from what i did know about you, you were a beautiful, strong girl and I wish that we could have been closer. Rest In Paradise <3"

This tribute was added by Rachel Swanson on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, I never personally knew you, but everytime I saw you you were always so happy and full of joy. You brought a smile to everyone's face and I know that you made my friend, Nat, so happy that you were her best friend. It is so unfortunate that you had to leave us so early in your life. You were beautiful, intelligent, joyous, and overall a great person. We will see you again angel<3"

This tribute was added by Joy Steffel on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, may your smile forever be in the hearts of all who knew you and may they forever keep your memory alive.   You may have left this earth but now walk in heaven and watch over your family.  Do not forget to give them wonderful hugs to help them through their days without you.  Dance with your new wings!!!  You are so beautiful.       Joy (Thorsland) Steffel"

This tribute was added by Leah Madsen on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, I officially got the chance to meet you towards the end of the summer near Osceola Fair time. I remember not being able to find my friends so I randomly decided to introduce myself to you and your friends. We shared laughs and stories in just a little amount of time, but I'm glad God blessed me with the chance to meet you. You're truly an amazing girl. Osceola will truly miss you."

This tribute was added by Brooke Kulzer on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, you were certainly a beautiful soul. Please hug your Mom and Dad, I know they miss you immensely. Your mom is one of the strongest people I know, so guide her through this tragic time, and lift her in his love. Bless you sweet girl."

This tribute was added by Chris Matthews on 28th October 2013

"Sarah. I’m half a county away, near Niagara Falls, but reading the story of the tragic accident and your mother’s heroic efforts brought this grown man to tears.  A fellow snowmobiler."

This tribute was added by Errin Carlson on 28th October 2013

"RIP SARAH! My son Drew and the 8th grade class lost a beautiful young lady!"

This tribute was added by steve edling on 28th October 2013

"We are going to miss our little neighbor Sarah.  All of us in Buck ridge loved you and will miss you always. The pool won't be the same anymore."

This tribute was added by Erin Morrison on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, I remember when we first really met when you were in 1st grade and Rebecca went to AWANA with you.  You were such a blessing in our lives!  I love your smile and how sweet you were to everyone.  I am blessed to say I knew you!  You will forever be in my heart!"

This tribute was added by rylee bloom on 28th October 2013


This tribute was added by rylee bloom on 28th October 2013

"You had a awesome smile and you still do fllying up high with the angels in the sky I know god will take good care of you, WE ALL LOVE YOU"

This tribute was added by Keri Kromrey on 28th October 2013

"Rah, you had a smile that could indeed light up a room, you were also very pretty. I can't believe that you are gone, because I was just playing volleyball with you on Thursday, and every time I think about how you passed away, I never believe it's true. I'm sorry that I never had the time to really get to know you.  "To live in hearts we left behind, Is not to die." -Thomas Campbell. <3"

This tribute was added by Stephanie Nelson on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, I will certainly miss you around the neighborhood. You could light a room up with your smile and bright personality. I remember you as a sweet little girl and how you "exercised" with the backyard bears. You were kind to all of those around you and were loved by many. I know that you are at peace in heaven now and know you are looking down on all of us. Love you hunny <3"

This tribute was added by Deborah Burke on 28th October 2013

"I will miss that smile and just plain you cheering on your big sister and all the other girls at the ball games.  I know for a fact you will be cheering from a much better place. .. heaven!   Take care of your family and friends down here... they will need you throughout their life."

This tribute was added by Tara Gross on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, you will always be one of my daughter, Natalie's, closest friends. All of my memories of you are you smiling & having fun with Nats, & you even taught me the word "perf." Thank you for being a wonderful friend to Natalie & thank you for the positive impact you had on our lives & for the wonderful memories you leave in our hearts. We will miss you, Rah. Love, Tara"

This tribute was added by Catherine Michel on 28th October 2013

"Sarah you were always so sweet when I would come in and help out in your 5th grade class.  I'll never forget your smile, and I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven.  Prayers for peace that passes understanding for your family."

This tribute was added by Brittany Kobs on 28th October 2013

"Sarah, I didn't know you personally but in such a close community it is a loss that affects all of us as alumni of Osceola. My thought and prayers go out to your family and friends. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel from Osceola. Your smile is shining down on all of us and your spirit will dance on forever."

This tribute was added by Shannon Haasnoot on 28th October 2013

"Even though I didn't know you that well, I still miss you. Everytime I saw you, you were smiling. And everything I have heard about you, you seem like a sweet girl. Prayers go out to your family and close friends. Rest In Paradise <3 you are loved by everyone. You are gorgeous and I can't wait to meet you someday. I wish I got to know you better before you had to go. You are loved girl <3"

This tribute was added by Trista Haan on 28th October 2013

"The memories me and rah had are so unforgettable! Tubing, birthdays, biking in extreme heat, having classes together, baby wainy, shopping, your cabin, pictures, singing, eating tacos, and many more! I cherish every memory i have with her. Im so glad i got to know rah and become one of her bestfriends <3"

This tribute was added by Andrea Grace on 28th October 2013

"Sarah i didnt no you that well. But you are a beautiful girl. You will be greatly missed. Prayers go out to your family. We love you<3"

This tribute was added by Alessia Chock on 28th October 2013

"Sarah We Love And Miss you at school. Things Will never be the same without you there. Rest in Paradise and dance with the angles <3"

This tribute was added by Jillian Schneider on 28th October 2013

"I miss you Sarah. rest in peace you will never be forgotten. Thanks for being a wonderful cousin and friend.I cant wait to see you again. love you"

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