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Duane Fitch 08/05/2020

Duane L. Fitch, age 76 of New Richmond, died Wednesday...

Janet Denucci 08/05/2020

Janet Denucci, age 76, of New Richmond died Wednesday...

Edward Wittstock 08/04/2020

Edward Wittstock 08/04/2020

Edward “Ed” Wittstock, age 72, of Webb Lake, WI passed...

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Amy Kempfer 07/28/2020

Amy Marie Kempfer, age 54 of River Falls WI, finished her battle with kidney disease on July 28, 2020. Amy was born March 6, 1966 in Hartford WI and was a 1984 graduate of Hartford Union High School.  Such a bright spirit, we were lucky to share in her light. Her smile and ever positive

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Duane L. Fitch, age 76 of New Richmond, died Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, MN. He was born on August 26, 1943 in Oregon. Growing up Duane was moved around throughout his family. When he was 12, Duane was fostered to a wonderful family in Wausau, WI. After he turned

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Janet Denucci, age 76, of New Richmond died Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  A Celebration of Janet’s Life will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 with a service at 3 pm followed by visitation from 4-7 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI.  Please dress casual, your favorite

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Edward Wittstock 08/04/2020

Edward “Ed” Wittstock, age 72, of Webb Lake, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from esophageal cancer at his home on the lake.  He was born the son to Ernest and Mildred (Newville) Wittstock on February 12, 1948 in Amery, WI . Ed worked for Berwald Commercial Roofing for 40 years.  He retired

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Laurence Sutten 08/03 2020

Laurence W. Sutten, age 91, of River Falls died Monday, August 3, 2020 at the River Falls Area Hospital.  A private  family memorial service will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls.  Larry’s memorial service will be live streamed via a link found at bottom of the obituary.  Interment

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John Anderson 08/01/2020

John Peter Anderson, age 87 of Red Wing, Mn, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at his home in Red Wing. John was born the son of Herbert and Mabel (Johnson) Anderson on August 17, 1932 in Stockholm, WI. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Thompson on July 28, 1956. John served in the

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Daniel Huppert 08/01/2020

Daniel Joseph Huppert, age 77, of River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away August 1st, 2020. Dan was born May 1st, 1943 to Steve and Carmen (Campbell) Huppert. Dan loved farming. He took over the Huppert Family Farm in 1970. He built a machine shop on the property and enjoyed welding. If anyone in the community needed

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James H. Larson 07/27/2020

James H. Larson, age 83, of North Hudson and Lake Panasoffker, FL died Monday, July 27, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Jim worked for Stokely Van Camps for 32 years and then owned and operated Jim’s Concrete Lawn Ornaments for the past 51 years.  He is survived by his wife of 61

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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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Jeanne M. Pratt 04/11/2020

Jeanne M. Pratt, age 82, of River Falls passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Kinnic Health and Rehab.  Over the years, she enjoyed Monday’s Bunch for Lunch and Tuesday Club.  Her family will always remember her chicken wings and apple tarts as well as all the family holiday dinners.  Jeanne will be remembered for

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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

Mary Arnet Sather (May 28, 1930-April 5, 2020) Courtesy of Rivertowns newspaper group. Written by David M. Newman.    Additional information added from family.  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

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Since March 2020, Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services has been able to offer the ability to “Live-Stream” a loved one’s funeral or memorial service.  This service has become vital in today’s world and we know the families we serve will find live-streams useful. We are proud to offer this service to families with NO additional

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