Alona Farr, 62, of River Falls passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 surrounded by the warmth and love of her family. She was born in Marshall, MN, on May 5, 1952, to the late Isabell and Melvin Urke. In Marshall, Alona would establish many lifelong relationships, including meeting her husband, soulmate and life partner of 45 years, Jim. After living in various locations across the United States for education, occupations, and adventure, Alona and Jim, along with their two young children settled in River Falls to raise their family. Alona was a loving and devoted mother, who found life’s greatest joys in raising her daughter, Tasha, and her son, James. As an adult student, Alona graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving a Vocational Rehabilitation degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Alona had an extensive career as an advocate for children and women in the River Falls community. Alona is survived by her husband, Jim; daughter; Tasha, son-in-law David and grandson Ari, all of River Falls; her son James, of New Orleans, LA; sisters, brothers; loving extended family and many dear friends. A Celebration of Alona’s Life was held Thursday, February, 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm at First Congregational Church, River Falls. Visitation was also Thursday from 1-2 pm at the church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
I just received the news yesterday from my high school friend, Connie Mann. Alona and I were such close high school friends and I always thought we would see one another again. I am so sad to hear of her death and am hoping Jim will receive this post even though it’s a year and a half later. It breaks my heart that I didn’t get to see her or meet her children. We missed out on a lot of one another’s lives. My heart goes out to Jim, someone whom I idolized during those years.
Susan and Alona and I were so close for so many years growing up! So many images of Alona and the three of us in my mind’s eye and so many good memories. We struggled with being teenagers in the sixties but we had each other to turn to, which made it bearable!
I was fortunate as I was with Alona and Jim at times early on in their relationship, and also spent some wonderful time with Linda Urke when she lived in Duluth. I did have the chance to visit Jim and Alona in Wisconsin too.
I remember holding hands with Alona as we walked along the Redwood River in Marshall when we were both about 9 or 10 years old and telling her that we would always be friends. But we had lost touch in the last decades. I was stunned and very saddened when I heard about her death. She is still my friend and I so wish I could see her again!
Connie Mann & Susan Fox
– Hello, I am so grateful that you both have commented on this page. I will occasionally look here for a jolt, for a reminder, for a memory, a smile, a cry. I am Alona’s son, James, and find myself here for a rememberence. Connie – your name is very framiliar, I recall my mother talking of you often. Susan- your name also rings a bell, I remember the fondness of how Alona spoke of you.
This may seem odd, but I am looking to you both, strangers, to have a conversation with me about my mother. Time is pushing her memories further and than I want and distance has kept me from other family members.
Me: I am teacher (a profession Alona pushed me towards) currently living in Boston. I like to think I live by my mothers values instilled in me and also struggle by the same. If, by complete chance, either of you see this and would like to chat Alona, please touch base with me. Cheers and love!
Yesterday evening I typed in Alona Urke Farr on my iPad and thankfully arrived here. It’s still so fragile. Thank you for making the beautiful video. I found out through Alan French on 10-21-19 when he called about our 50th MHS class reunion.
How we can carry the impact of someone’s love, grace and spirit all our lives and yet not see them for decades hurts. Alona and I had a good phone conversation a number of years ago, maybe after 2004?
I remember Jim and Alona being very giving loving people. Alona was very beautiful.