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Kory Evans 09/16/2020

Kory M. Evans, age 27, of New Richmond died Wednesday...

Esther Andersen 09/16/2020

Esther Andersen 09/16/2020

Esther Lorraine Andersen, age 95, of River Falls died...

Howard Bierbrauer 09/15/2020

Howard Bierbrauer, age 70, of New Richmond died Tuesday...

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Dean Winberg 08/24/2020

Dean Alan Winberg, age 81, of River Falls formerly of Pepin, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN.  He was born on February 19, 1939 in Plum City, WI the son to Grant and Verona (Anderson) Winberg.  Dean was raised in Lund, WI an attended grade school

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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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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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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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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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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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Esther Andersen 09/16/2020

Esther Lorraine Andersen, age 95, of River Falls died Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at WellHaven Assisted Living. She was born the daughter of Lewellyn and Mary Wilhelm on April 20, 1925 in River Falls, WI. She is preceded in death by brother, Bernard Wilhem and Ronald Wilhelm; sister, Virginia Thomas; four late husbands, Kenneth Larson,

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Goldie Veith 09/15/2020

Goldie Eleanor Veith, age 94, of River Falls passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The Deerfield Gables with family by her side. She was born in Hasty, MN and as a child her family moved to Red Wing, MN. Goldie worked at the St. James Hotel to pay for room and board in

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Janice Johnson 09/07/2020

Janice Kay Johnson of New Richmond passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on September 7, 2020. She was 78 years old. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 31, 1942 to Robert A. ‘Bob’ and Eva Smith of New Richmond. Janice was raised as a small child on a family farm in Stanton

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Lisa Bakke 09/01/2020

Lisa Bakke, age 57 of Spooner, WI and formerly of River Falls, WI, passed away suddenly of a ruptured brain aneurysm on Monday, September 1, 2020 surrounded by her entire family. Lisa was born on March 19, 1963, the first daughter of Larry and Rita Bakke. She graduated from RFHS in 1981. She then moved

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Jerelean “Jerri” Rang 08/19/2020

Jerelean “Jerri” Rang died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. At midnight Jerri had gone outside to look at the stars; she fell and died fifteen hours later. Jerri was born on June 27, 1939 to Esther and Walter Krehbiel in Halstead, Kansas. She was raised in

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Laurence Sutten 08/03 2020

Laurence (Larry) William Sutten Laurence W. Sutten, age 91, of River Falls, WI, died Monday, August 3, 2020 in River Falls. He was born on July 30, 1929 to Duncan & Bertha Sutton of Little Falls, WI. He lived in rural Wisconsin until his teenage years when he moved to Iowa to live with his

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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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Donald Holmberg 04/08/2020

Donald William Holmberg, age 86, of New Richmond passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2020 with family at his side. He was born October 18, 1933 in Range, Wisconsin and grew up in the Centuria area. Following high school, Don enlisted in the Army and served during the Korean War. After his military

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