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Kenneth Rimarcik 05/14/2021

Kenneth Rimarcik, age 56, died on Friday, May 14, 2021...

Kathryn Kloetzke 05/13/2021

Kathryn Kloetzke 05/13/2021

Kathryn “Kathy” A. Kloetzke, age 71, passed away...

Lucille Hexum 05/13/2021

Lucille Hexum 05/13/2021

Lucille M. Hexum, age 89, passed away on Thursday, May...

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Kenneth Rimarcik, age 56, died on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Galen Skifstad died on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.  A Memorial Visitation and Memorial Service is being planned for June 2021.  Please check back fore dates and times.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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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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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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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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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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Ernest Koukal 12/15/2020

Ernest Koukal, age 84 of River Falls, died Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at his home.  He is survived by his family and many friends.  There will be a celebration of Ernie’s Life in the Spring of 2021.  Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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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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Kathryn Kloetzke 05/13/2021

Kathryn “Kathy” A. Kloetzke, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul with family by her side. She was born on August 16, 1949 in Osceola to parents, Clarence and Charlotte Demulling. Kathy grew up in East Farmington, attending school in Osceola. She later attended WITC in

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Lucille Hexum 05/13/2021

Lucille M. Hexum, age 89, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at St Croix Health Center in New Richmond. She was born the daughter of Arthur and Leona Jacobson on January 7, 1932 in Pine City, MN. Lucille grew up in Pine City, attending Pine City High School. She married Keith Hexum on October

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Doris Osborne 05/11/2021

Doris Arlene Thompson Osborne, age 89, died on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond, Wisconsin. She was born the daughter of Adolph and Marian Thompson on March 19, 1932 in Barron, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school in Star Prairie, Wisconsin. On June 21, 1947, Doris married Frank S. Osborne

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Sublette, Richard and Doris

A Memorial Service for both Richard and Doris Sublette will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11 am at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI.  Please wear orange and blue.  Visitation will also be on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 10-11 am at the funeral home.  A

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Charlotte Ruby Lindquist, age 84, passed away April 29, 2021. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother [Nana]. She would light up when seeing the kids.  Survived by her son’s Peter [Rocky], Doug and Greg; Siblings Ronald (Butch), Leroy, Thomas, Barb, MaryJo; Grandchildren 7 and Great Grandchildren 16. Preceded in death Husband Russell,

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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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David J. Thomas, age 84 of New Richmond, died Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. He was born the son of David and Leah (Winjum) on July 17, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN. David grew up in Sebeka, MN, graduating from Sebeka High School. Following high school, he attended trade school for

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Anne A. (Mullen) Ochs, age 98, on February 3, 2021. She was a thirteen-year resident of The Deerfield in New Richmond, WI, formerly of Roseville, MN. Anne Mullen was born to Norwegian immigrants Olai & Caroline Mullen on October 26, 1922 in Bloomer, WI. During the depression, her mother was left to raise her and

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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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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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Gerald Carter 12/20/2020

Gerald Robert Carter “Carter”, age 89 of River Falls WI passed away Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls. Jerry was born on May 15th 1931 in St Paul, MN to Robert and Delores Carter. Jerry spent 85 of his years in River Falls WI and was so proud

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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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Anne Louise Raehsler 12/07/2020

Anne Louise Raehsler, age 74, died peacefully Sunday, December 6th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN surrounded by her children. Anne Louise was born in St. Paul, MN on March 4, 1946, the middle of five children, to Earl and Ethel Arnold. She graduated from North St. Paul High School in 1964 and

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Rosie Oldenburg 11/19/2020

Rosie Oldenburg, age 95, died Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Lake City Care Center in Lake City, MN. She was born January 24, 1925 in Bristol, England to Caroline and Theophilus Bowman. Rosie served in the Royal Air Force in WWII, where she met and married George Oldenburg on September 14, 1943 in London, England.

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Michael George Oldenburg, age 64, died on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Marshfield, WI at Marshfield Medical Center. He was born on August 3, 1956 in New Richmond to parents, George and Rosie Oldenburg. He graduated from New Richmond High School, class of 1974. Following high school, Michael enlisted in the US Air Force as

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Steven Allen 11/09/2020

Steven (Bunker) H. Allen, age 70 died suddenly at his home in North Hudson, WI on November 9, 2020 after many years of struggling with heart disease. Even though a failing heart took him away from this world, his huge, loving heart has left a beacon of light for all lucky enough to know him.

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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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