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Gerald Gartner 06/13/2021

Gerald Gartner, age 95, of New Richmond died Sunday...

Betty Bjerstedt 06/12/2021

Betty Bjerstedt, age 83, died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at...

Ruth Bosman 06/12/2021

Ruth Bosman, age 79, of River Falls died Saturday, June...

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Gerald Gartner, age 95, of New Richmond died Sunday, June 13, 2021 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Betty Bjerstedt, age 83, died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Red Cedar Canyon in Hudson.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Julian E. King, age 80, died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Philip Nardi, age 82, died on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Hammond Health Center in Hammond, WI. Cremation Services are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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John Paul Lindberg, age 52 of Star Prairie, WI died on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at his home after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born the son of Paul and Cheryl Lindberg on January 30, 1969 in Saint Paul, MN. John grew up in Boardman graduating from New Richmond High School, class of

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Thomas Charles Leach, 75, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, May 18, 2021, in his Winona, Minnesota group home. Tom was born on June 29, 1945, in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, at the young age of 27, Tom began a very long struggle with health issues. Tom had 24 surgeries within the next

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Betty Ellen Monicken, born on July 30, 1926, in Rush River Township to Bert and Luella (Orvold) Holman was peacefully called to her heavenly home on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Park View Home in Woodville, Wisconsin. Betty was raised in the rural Rush River township area and graduated from Baldwin High School. She traveled

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Marylyn Freese, age 89, of River Falls died Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.  A celebration of Marylyn’s life is being planned for a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Gene Gove 02/07/2021

Gene Gove, age 86 of Star Prairie, WI, died on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson, WI. Gene was born the son of Clarence and Bernice (Rundhammer) Gove on February 13, 1934 in New Richmond, WI. He grew up in Star Prairie, graduating from New Richmond High School with the

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Mel Berning 02/06/2021

Mel Berning, age 64, of New Richmond passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his home following a private battle with terminal cancer.  Mel was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and held the ranking of Lance Corporal.  Mel was very proud of his military service and achieved a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.  Mel was

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Martha Marie Gaustad of River falls, WI passed away on February 1, 2021 following a gas explosion and house fire at her home. Martha was born Martha Marie Long on July 19, 1945 in Eau Claire, WI to Johan (Jack) and Muriel Long, the second of four children. Martha was preceded in death by her

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Doreen “Lily” Wilson 01/11/2021

Doreen “Lily” Wilson, age 54, died Monday January 11, 2021 at her home. She was born the daughter of Willard and Donna Johnson on February 25, 1966 in Saint Paul, MN. Lily grew up in Somerset, WI and graduated from Osceola High School. Following high school, Lily graduated from 916 college in the Twin Cities.

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Ida Hahn 01/09/2021

Ida L. Hahn, 86, from River Falls and Hudson, WI, died peacefully with family by her side on January 9, 2021, her deep Christian faith guiding her home to Jesus. Married to Herb Hahn (54 years) and survived by her 4 children, Carrie, Cathy, David, and Bobbi, sons-in-law Larry and Pat, daughter-in-law Rebecca, and 6

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Robert Waxon 01/07/2021

Robert W. Waxon, age 68, of Hudson passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.  He survived by his wife, Christine daughters, Allison Waxon and Katherine (Brian) Ford; grandchildren, Sophia, Zoey, Karson, Eliza, Theo; and his sister, Barbara (Larry) Wall.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn

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Marvin Nelson 01/02/2021

Marvin L. Nelson, age 80, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 2nd 2021.  He was born in New Richmond, WI to Leonard and Mary Nelson.  He graduated high school from New Richmond and attended the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.  He was married to Ruth Nelson for 53 years.  He worked at Norwest

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Marilyn Harshman 01/04/2021

Marilyn E. Harshman July 15, 1931 – January 4, 2021 Marilyn Elizabeth Harshman, age 89 formerly of Somerset, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2021 with family by her side from complications of Covid 19 at Christian Community Homes in Hudson, Wisconsin. Marilyn was born on July 15th, 1931 to Fred and Helma (Wolden) Sabby.

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Dr. Larry Harred 12/30/2020

Dr. Larry Harred of River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away on December 30, 2020, with his wife at his side, telling him she loved him and holding his hand. Born in Dallas, Texas, on November 17, 1951, to B.R. and Eva (Lawrence) Harred, Larry grew up in the Pleasant Grove section of the city and graduated

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Thomas Feldhege 12/24/2020

Thomas Richard Feldhege, age 61, died on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at the Deerfield Gables Care Center in New Richmond. He was born the son of Albert and Darlene (Ganzer) Feldhege on April 3, 1959 in Richmond, Minnesota. Tom grew up in Richmond, graduating Rocori High School, class of 1977. Following graduation, he worked as

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W. Scott Ainsworth 12/03/2020

Walter Scott Ainsworth (Scotty), age 70 of River Falls, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at home.  Scott was immensely kind and believed that everyone deserved a chance to succeed.  While we are saddened at Scott’s sudden passing, we find comfort in the belief that he had a wonderful impact on everyone

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Virginia Hilden 10/05/2020

Virginia Faye Hilden, age 80, died peacefully in hospice care in Hastings, Minnesota on Monday, October 5th, 2020. She was born the daughter of Peter and Edna Anderson on September 20, 1940 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota graduating from Pelican Rapids, MN. Virginia received her licensed practical nursing degree. In her later years, she worked for

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Glen Wiese 09/20/2020

Glen Wiese, age 90, of River Falls, WI, peacefully passed away on Sunday September 20, 2020 at Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls, WI. Glen was born in Ellsworth, MN on October 27, 1929 to Thorwald and Hattie (Langfeldt) Wiese. He began his education in a rural one room schoolhouse but finished his secondary

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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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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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Ruth Bosman, age 79, of River Falls died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 6-7:30PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division Street) in River Falls with a prayer service starting at 7:30 PM. Arrangements are

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Judith Olson 06/07/2021

Judith Claire (Bents) Olson age 77 of New Richmond died Monday, June 7, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  She was born on July 9, 1943 in Cumberland, WI the daughter to Gerhardt and Paula Bents.  She is survived by her husband, Bernard David Olson; children, Bernard James Olson and wife Susie; Steven

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James Anderson 05/12/2021

James “Jim” Lee Anderson, age 69, of River Falls, WI passed away on May 12, 2021 at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital. He was born on March 31, 1952, in San Luis Obispo, California to James and Emily (Wheeler) Anderson. He graduated from Fairmont East High School in 1970, then later received his

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Margaret “Peg” Olien 06/03/2021

Margaret “Peg” Ellen Olien, age 88, of New Richmond passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond.    Peg had a cheerful and friendly personality which showed through to everyone she met.  She would welcome everyone into her home to enjoy her cooking

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Theresa Miller 06/03/2021

Theresa “Terrie” Margaret Miller, age 68, died on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at The Deerfield Gables Care Center in New Richmond. She was born the daughter of James and Margaret (Wetmore) Weber on October 1, 1952 in Galesburg, IL. Theresa attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Parochial School and in 1970, graduated from R.O.V.A. High School.

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Noah Inthichack 05/25/2021

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Noah Sai Metha Inthichack, loving companion, son and brother, passed away at the age of 45 at the University of MN Medical Center after a hard-fought battle against Covid-19. Noah was the youngest of 5 children born on June 7, 1975, to Bountheung and Manivanh (Siamphone) Inthichack , in Vientiane,

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Galen Skifstad 05/12/2021

Galen L. Skifstad August 29, 1955 – May 12, 2021 Galen Lloyd Skifstad, age 65, New Richmond, WI, passed away peacefully at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI due to COVID-19 Pneumonia. He was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with singing by his family at his bedside.

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Carol McDonel 05/10/2021

Carol Ann McDonel, age 59, of New Richmond passed away peacefully at her home with family by her side on Monday, May 10, 2021 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born the daughter of Gordon and Evelyn (Johnson) Green on June 21, 1961 in New Richmond, WI.  She graduated from New Richmond High

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Albert Betterley 04/20/2021

Albert D Betterley January 20, 1937- April 20, 2021 At the Age of 84, Albert peacefully passed away, Tuesday evening April 20th 2021, at his home in New Richmond, WI not far from his childhood home. He enjoyed the day visiting with family and friends until he was called to come home. Albert was born

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Roger Hammer 01/28/2021

Roger Elmer Hammer, age 87, died on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at the River Falls Area Hospital due to complications from the coronavirus. Roger was born in Ladysmith, WI, on October 30, 1933 to Elmer and Elsie Hammer (Kramer). He grew up in Hawkins, WI where his family owned Kramer’s Store, a place where people

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LaVonne Hove 01/25/2021

LaVonne Hove, age 88 of New Richmond, WI, died on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond. She was born the daughter of Leonard and Clara Jordahl in Lake Park, MN on August 26, 1932. LaVonne grew up in Lake Park and graduated from Lake Park High School, class

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Doris Stafford 01/14/2021

Doris (Dorie) Elizabeth (Tobias) Stafford, age 86, died with family by her side on January 14, 2021, following a brief illness. Dorie was born on September 1, 1934, in Ellsworth, WI, to Emmett and Josephine (Armbruster) Tobias. On September 10, 1955, Dorie was united in marriage to Patrick (Pat) Stafford at St. Bridget’s Church in

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Robert Nelson 01/01/2021

Robert Wayne Nelson, age 90 of Ellsworth, WI, died on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ after a brief battle with COVID-19. Also affectionately known as Bob, Bobby, and Bonepile. Bob was born the son of Arthur and Nora (Erlandson) Nelson on June 18, 1930 in Ellsworth, WI. He

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Ruth Reilly 12/16/2020

Ruth Carol Jensen Reilly, 86, of River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away on December 16, 2020 at Comforts of Home in River Falls.  She was born September 6, 1934 in Hutchinson, MN Ruth was preceded in death by her parents , Louis and Margaret Jensen, her brother Willard Jensen and sister Nancy Bengtson. She is survived by

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Barbara Greub 11/05/2020

Barbara “Fritz” Ann Greub (Freie), age 81 of River Falls, WI passed away at the Pine Ridge Gardens Memory Care Home in Hudson, WI on November 5, 2020. She was born on April 19, 1939 in Latimer, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Alma Freie. She graduated as valedictorian from Franklin Consolidated (Latimer-Coulter) High School

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Rhoda Ziller 11/04/2020

Rhoda Marie Ziller age 85 of Lake Elmo, MN and formerly of New Richmond, WI, died on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Arbor Glen Senior Living in Lake Elmo. She was born the daughter of Arnold and Bertha (Wiederholt) Newstrom on May 21, 1935 in Deerwood, MN. Rhoda graduated from Mankato High School in Mankato,

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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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