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Agnes McDowell-Myers 07/01/2020

Agnes A. McDowell-Myers, age 88, died Wednesday, July 1...

Elaine Peterson 06/25/2020

Elaine Peterson 06/25/2020

Elaine Dawn Peterson, age 85, died on Thursday, June 25...

Gerald Bestler 06/23/2020

Gerald Bestler 06/23/2020

Gerald “Jerry” Bestler, age 90 of New Richmond, died on...

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Agnes A. McDowell-Myers, age 88, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at The Deerfield Arbor Memory Care.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Shirley A. Christenson 06/15/2020

Shirley A. Christenson, age 94, River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at Kinnic Health and Rehab, River Falls. She was born the daughter of O. Julius and C. Sophie (Berkseth) Anderson on Nov. 3, 1925 in rural Hudson, Wisconsin. She graduated from River Falls High School in 1943, then earned a two-year

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Geraldine “Geri” Nelson, age 95, of River Falls died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Baldwin Care Center.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Aubert Miller 05/27/2020

It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of our loving husband, father,  grandfather, and friend, Aubert (Bob) Raymond Miller. Bob, was born Monday, January 2nd, 1950 in St Mary’s PA. He was the first child of four to Raymond (d) and Mary (d) Miller. Throughout his life, Bob’s Catholic beliefs and upbringing helped

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Evelyn Roen 05/09/2020

Evelyn (Evie) Roen passed away peacefully two days before her 92nd birthday on May 9, 2020 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls, WI. She was born on May 11th, 1928 to Max and Matilda Kiefer in El Paso, Wisconsin, was baptized and confirmed and married at St. Paul’s UCC in Ellsworth, WI,

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Nicholas Bishop 05/06/2020

Nicholas J. Bishop, age 27 of Deer Park, WI passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at home on May 6, 2020. Preceded in death by Father, Kevin Bishop. Survived by Mother, Brenda Bishop; Grandparents, Lowell and Gail Bishop and many other family members and friends. Treasured in our hearts he will stay until we meet

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Dorothy J. Smith 05/04/2020

Dorothy “Dodie” Jean Smith, age 91, of River Falls, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living in Hudson, WI. Dodie was born January 27, 1929, in El Paso, WI, to Robert and Ruth (Peterson) Halvorson. She graduated from River Falls High School, the Class of 1947. On

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Terry Naser, age 68, of New Richmond, died Friday, April 24, 2020 at Regions Hospital in Minnesota. Terry was born the son of Wayne and Lorraine (nee Woods) Naser on September 27, 1951 in Lake Mills IA. He attended New Richmond High School. Following high school, Terry worked for Anderson Windows for 37 years. Terry

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Audrey Thomas 04/22/2020

Thomas, Audrey Crystal (Miller) passed away on April 22, 2020. Audrey was born Dec. 8th, 1927 in St. Paul, Minn. to Harley and Crystal (Ballman) Miller. She married her high school sweetheart, Brown W. Thomas, in 1949, and their loving partnership was blessed with two daughters. Audrey graduated from the University of Minnesota at age

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Lois Horwath, age 90, died on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Saint John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN. A memorial service will be held at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in White Bear Lake, MN at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Tony James 04/12/2020

Tony James was born in Waseca, MN in 1963 to Margie and Tom James. The family then moved to Belle Plaine, MN where Tony would grow up. Tony loved sports from an early age, in high school he was a three-sport athlete lettering in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Earning all-conference awards in Football and Baseball.

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Teresa Betterley 04/12/2020

Teresa Mary (Grassy) Betterley August 18, 1947 – April 12, 2020 Terry at the age of 72 Passed away Peacefully Sunday morning April 12, 2020 at Deerfield Gables, New Richmond, WI where she has resided for many years, living with the daily battle of Parkinson’s now she at peace with her heavenly father. Terry lived

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Corey Hawkins 04/10/2020

Corey Michael Hawkins, beloved father of Gavin and Marin, husband of Korinn, and son of Mike and Sally Hawkins, peacefully passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Regions Hospital at the age of 46 due to non-covid respiratory issues and cardiac arrest. Corey was a man who was known and endeared to many. The

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Mary Sather 04/05/2020

Courtesy of Rivertowns newspaper group. Written by David M. Newman NEW RICHMOND — Mary Sather was at the heart of New Richmond’s growth over the past 50 years and she was always there to document the city’s progress. Sather died Sunday, April 5, after several months of being in failing health. She was 89. Sather

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Robert Rutledge 03/25/2020

Robert “Bob” Rutledge, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Kitty Rhodes Memory Care at the age of 81. Bob was born to Russell and Ruth (Jacobson) Rutledge on August 7, 1938. Bob graduated from New Richmond High School in 1956 and enlisted in the Navy. He was trained as a Sonar man and

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Ronald A. Rudd, age 75, of New Richmond passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his home. He was born the son of Raymond and Irma (Beebe) Rudd on February 16, 1944. Ron served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. He is survived by his brother, Steve Rudd and sister, Sharon (Rudd) Albright; nieces,

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Gerald Bestler 06/23/2020

Gerald “Jerry” Bestler, age 90 of New Richmond, died on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at the Deerfield Gables. Gerald Milton Bestler was born on September 6, 1929 in Berwyn, IL. He is the son of Grace and Thomas Bestler. Jerry is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, David Bestler of Lake Elmo, MN, Jon Hailey

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Norma Hall 05/09/2020

Norma Rae (Hampton) Hall, age 85, of New Richmond, WI died Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the St. Croix County Health & Rehab Center. She was born in Belton, South Carolina October 10, 1934. Norma graduated from Belton High School, and attended Anderson College for one year. She later attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

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Gary Pederson 04/29/2020

Gary P. Pederson, age 82, of New Richmond died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the Estates at Greeley in Stillwater, MN.  He was born the son to Parnell and Virginia (Miller) Pederson on July 24, 1937 in New Richmond, WI.  Following graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army and worked at 3M for

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Allan Vehrs 04/11/2020

Allan Vehrs, age 79, of New Richmond died Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the St. Croix Health Center.  Allan was born on June 21, 1940 at McNamara Hospital in New Richmond. He was the youngest of three sons born to Fila (Phila) Ruth Bernd Vehrs and Roland August Vehrs; his siblings, Harlan (Mae) Vehrs and

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Jeanne M. Pratt, age 82, of River Falls died Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Kinnic Health and Rehab.  A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St.) in River Falls.  Visitation will also be Saturday from 10-11 am

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Robert Bjerstedt 03/29/2020

Bob (Robert) W. Bjerstedt passed away peacefully with family at his side on March 29, 2020. He was born September 3, 1932 on the family farm near River Falls, the first child of Warren and Winifred (nee Edwards) Bjerstedt. He is survived by his wife Betty of 43 years; brother Dick (Norma); daughter Terry McKay,

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Daniel Reis 03/25/2020

Daniel H. “Danny” Reis, age 76, of River Falls passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Kinnic Health and Rehab following health complications.  He was born the son of Henry and Dorothy (Tyler) Reis on March 30, 1943 in River Falls.  Dan attended St. Bridget School and graduated from River Falls High School where

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Sandra Green 03/23/2020

Sandra Kaye Green, age 64 of Somerset, WI, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, March 23, 2020. Sandra was born the daughter of Norman and Marilyn (Olson) Larson on June 24, 1955 in Baldwin, WI. She grew up in Deer Park and New Richmond, WI graduating from New Richmond High

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Joan Bystrom 03/22/2020

Joan Bystrom, age 90, of River Falls passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Kinnic Health and Rehab. She was born at (hospital) in River Falls to Newton and Edith (Clausen) Pearson on December 5, 1929.  Joan’s life started on the Pearson farm in Mann Valley and after graduating from Minnehaha Academy, she worked

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Jackie Vieregge 03/12/2020

Jacqueline Suzanne Vieregge, nee Olson, age 85, of Hudson, WI, died Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living in Hudson.  Jackie was born to Harvey and Hazel Olson in Ettrick, WI on July 13, 1934.  She grew up and thrived in the small town with her younger sister, Maxine, and loving, hard

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