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Arthur J. Foster, 93
Arthur J. "Art" Foster, 93, died Oct. 13, 1999, at the Sunset Home in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the last direct descendent and grandson of Joel Foster, the first white settler of the city of River Falls.
He was born May 23, 1906, in River Falls. He farmed in River Falls, was in the insurance business and helped form the Farm Safety Council. He moved to Alaska in 1955 and was surface foreman of the Red Devil Mine.
In 1958 he moved to Anchorage and worked at Brown's Electric until retiring in 1972. After his retirement, he spent several summers in Kasilof, fishing for salmon. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time at the lake, watching his family play. 
He cared for a pair of African lions at Brown's Electric and took them for outings in his car.
He was a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed his children and made life fun and interesting. He taught three generations to ice skate, fish, hunt, and take pleasure in work and doing a good job.
He shared the bounty from his garden, especially his raspberries and was always ready to share his knowledge.
His grandfather, Joel Foster, began the settlement of River Falls after he explored the Kinnickinnic River in the summer of 1848. He and his 20-year-old indentured servant, Dick, reportedly spent the winter under a rock shelf along the banks of the river. That winter of 1848 became the first official year documenting the history of River Falls.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn; his daughters: Ruth Davis of Tucson, Ariz., Alice Viney of River Falls and Lois Smith of Anchorage; a son, Robert Foster of Chattaroy, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 18, at Witzelben's Bragaw Chapel in Anchorage, with Rushing Graham officiating. A reception followed at the home of his granddaughter, Diane Elledge, in Eagle River. His ashes were to be scattered at Rainbow Lake in Willow.

Margaret M. Baerenwald, 68
Margaret "Marge" Mary Baerenwald, 68, of River Falls died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born July 25, 1931, in St. Paul, the daughter of Maximillian and Agnes Cieminski. She grew up and attended school on the east side of St. Paul and graduated from Johnson High School in 1949. She attended the University of Minnesota for 2 years.
On July 13, 1957, she married Dean Baerenwald at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Paul. They raised two children and moved to River Falls in 1987.
Marge loved the Lord and her family. She enjoyed studying the Bible, listening to music, playing the piano, gardening, and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Agnes Cieminski; her brothers: Jack and Ray Cieminski; and her nieces, Jo Ann Hiller and Maureen Caswell.
She is survived by her husband, Dean Baerenwald of River Falls; her daughter, Darla and Jim Wilson of Spring, Texas; her son, Steven and Lanelle Baerenwald of River Falls; her grandchildren: Rebecca, Joshua and Joy Wilson and Karis Baerenwald; her nephew, Dick Cieminski; and many beloved friends in Christ.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the River Falls Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Steve McGinnis officiating.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, at Cashman Mortuary, and one hour before the funeral service on Saturday at the church.
Cashman Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Bernice C. Daeffler, 75
Bernice D. Daeffler, 75, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She was born April 8, 1924, in St. Paul, the daughter of John and Catherine Switala.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine Switala; and her husband, Jacob Daeffler.
She is survived by her sisters: Helen Egan of California, Florence and George Kandels of St. Paul, and Dorothy and Donald Peterson of Minneapolis; special friends: Celine and Alan Lauermann and their children; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Friday, Nov. 5, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. 
Burial was in St. Bridget Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Edna Cordua, 84
Edna Cordua, 84, of Hyattsville, Md., died Oct. 28, 1999, in Lanham, Md.
She was born Dec. 30, 1914, in Washington, D.C., the only child of Willie and Marie (Meyer) Boege. She attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School. She married Rudolph Cordua on Oct. 7, 1935.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph.
She is survived by her sons: UW-River Falls Professor William and Jan Cordua of River Falls, and Jeff Cordua of Hyattsville, Md.; cousins, nieces and nephews in the Washington area.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home in Berntwood, Md.
Memorials may be sent to the UW-RF Foundation, Edna and Rudy Cordua Scholarship.

Robert E. Appelholm, 76
Robert E. Appelholm, 76, of River Falls died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
He was born April 10, 1923, in the town of Otrey, near Clinton, Minn., the son of Gunnar Appelholm and Alice Larson Appelholm.
He attended Ortonville High School and served in the U.S. Navy, where he went to meat cutting school. He was employed at the National Tea Grocery as a meat cutter - he worked as a meat cutter his whole life.
He married Dorothy Schroeder on Jan. 7, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, Minn.
He was a member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church, was active in the Boy Scouts and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Gunnar and Alice; his brothers: Arnold of Ortonville, Minn., and Charles of Edina, Minn.; and his sister, Dorothy Porter of Edina, Minn.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his sons: Robert and Linda of Milltown, Charles and Peggy of Coleraine, Minn.; his daughters: Anita and Irving Michael of Port Orchard, Wash., and LuAnn and Gregory Polivka of Beldenville; three nieces; two nephews; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be Friday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Bill Montgomery officiating.
Cashman Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Lyle K. Roen, 72
Lyle K. Roen, 72, of River Falls, died on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born June 7, 1927, in Pleasant Valley, the son of Melvin and Helga Roen.
He lived all of his life in St. Croix County and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He was a dairy farmer most of his life, and retired from UW-River Falls in 1989. He was an avid gardener, and loved taking care of his yard and flowers, cutting wood and being outdoors.
He immensely enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, entertaining them with his stories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Helga (Borgerson) Roen; a daughter, Kim Elsenpeter; and an infant granddaughter.
He is survived by his children: Judy Williamson, Dale and Judy Roen, Donna and George Reed, Jenny and Dean Mueller, Tom and Tammy Roen, Tim Roen, Kerry Licht, Scott and Serena Roen, Sandy and Larryne Roen; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers: Arnold and Evie Roen, Harley and Doris Roen, Kenneth and Deanna Roen; and his sisters: Marlys Torkelson, Doris and Glen Knutson.
Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Cashman Mortuary.
Funeral was Thursday, Dec. 9, at Rush River Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Sutherland officiating.
Burial was in Rush River Lutheran Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were: Herb Bennett, George Crace, Rich Dallman, Jim Fosse, Mel Kusilek and Al Larson. 
Honorary pallbearers were: Ben Montebriandt, Glen Francis and Jack Brande.
Memorials are preferred.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Donald R. Grant, 82
Donald Roy Grant, 82, of Beldenville died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at United Hospital, St. Paul.
He was born Oct. 31, 1917, in Kinross, Iowa, the son of Roy and Nora (Back) Grant. He attended schools near Kinross.
He married Evelyn Leona Utley on March 14, 1940. They lived in southern Minnesota where they farmed until 1958. They then moved to Silver Bay where he was employed by the Reserve Mining Company, retiring in 1978.
After retiring they moved to Poplar. Evelyn died in 1988. 
For the past 4 years he has resided in Beldenville. He enjoyed farming, fishing and the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; one daughter, Wanda Lillback; one son, Jerry Grant; and one granddaughter, Sheila Lillback.
He is survived by three daughters: Geraldine and Bob Sando of Silver Bay, Minn., Clarissa and Robert Stern of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Tammy and Chris Larson of Red Wing, Minn.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Gail Grant of Delevan, Minn.; two sisters: Mildred and Ole Fuchs of Pine Island, Minn., and Carol and Chuck Lidtke of Waterloo, Iowa; a daughter-in-law: JoDee and John Larson of Minong; a son-in-law: Arnie Lillback of Finland, Minn.; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were to be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, with the Rev. Paul H. Christenson officiating.
Burial will be in the Crystal Bay Cemetery in Finland.

Genevieve M. Erickson, 92
Genevieve Magdalen Erickson, 92, of Diamond Bluff died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at the Ellsworth Care Center in Ellsworth.
She was born Sept. 15, 1907, in Clayfield, the daughter of Michael and Caroline (Baker) Huppert.
She attended country school in Conroy. She worked as a domestic in Red Wing, Minn. She married Harry Erickson in Clayfield on Sept. 8, 1931. They farmed in the Pierce County area.
She worked at the La Grange Shoe Company in Red Wing for 10 years. She worked at the Hager Heights Drive Inn. 
She retired and was a homemaker in Diamond Bluff. She lived in the Ellsworth Care Center for the past year.
She enjoyed sending greeting cards, photography, dancing, singing and playing the piano.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Albert; and one grandchild, David Erickson.
She is survived by one daughter, Caroline Rollo of Magalia, Calif.; two sons: Harvey J. Erickson of Hastings, Minn., and Wallace and "Dearie" Erickson of Hager City; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Funeral will be Thursday, Dec. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big River. The Rev. John Beckfelt will officiate.
Burial will be in the Diamond Bluff Cemetery in the town of Diamond Bluff.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, with a prayer service at 6 p.m., at Mahn Family Funeral Homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, in Red Wing, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers will be Dan, Kevin, Mike, Wally and Nick Erickson, John Johnson, and Tim Magee.
Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.

Susan M. Rusch, 52
Susan M. Rusch, 52, a local artist from Hudson and formerly of River Falls, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.
She was born March 7, 1947, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Robert W. and Irene (Lofberg) Christiansen. At a young age she moved to Hudson, where she attended grade school and graduated from Hudson High School. She was an art major at UW-River Falls.
She married James Rusch. The marriage ended in divorce.
At the time of her death, Susan was employed at Micklesen's Drug Store, Hudson, in the pharmacy department.
She was an artist and individualist to the core. She was supportive, gentle, non-judgmental, witty, honest and caring. She made great spritz cookies and horrible energy shakes. She often played "The Little Drummer Boy" while decorating the family Christmas tree.
She is survived by her partner, Bob Gaisbauer, of North Hudson; her daughter, Amy and Andrew Rusch Mack of Lake Nebagamon; her son, Anthony Rusch of Hudson; her parents: Robert and Irene Christiansen of Amery; four grandchildren: Leopold and Daisy Mack and Tyler and Avery Rusch; her sisters: Karen and Daniel Foust of Clayton, Diane and Roy Watson of Amery, Therese and Paul Christenson of St. Croix Falls; her brothers: Gerald and Becky Christiansen of Hudson, William Christiansen of New Port, Ore., Robert T. and Denise Christiansen of Amery, John and Janette Christiansen of Amery, and Patrick and Shelly Christiansen of Hudson.
Funeral will be Thursday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
There will be a private family interment.
Memorials are preferred.

Charles V. Gavin, 74
Charles V. "Chuck" Gavin, 74, of Hudson died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at the emergency room at Hudson Medical Center after being transported there from his residence.
He was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Ladysmith, the son of Howard and Mary (Deheck) Gavin. At a young age the family moved to River Falls, where he attended grade school. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1943.
After high school he assisted his parents with their farm. Then he worked as a mechanic in River Falls.
In 1951 he moved to Beloit, attended vocational school and worked as a machinist for the Fairbanks Morse Company. He moved back to the Hudson area in 1956 and was employed in St. Paul with the American Hoist Company.
Later he joined the Capital Gears Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1990 as the machine shop foreman.
He married Marjorie Ruemmele on Oct. 15, 1951, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson.
In his family he was known as "Mr. Fixit" and was called upon to do many small jobs that needed fixing. He enjoyed doing woodworking projects around the house.
He also enjoyed sports - football, basketball, baseball and wrestling. His biggest love was his wife, children and grandchildren - especially supporting them in their accomplishments and participation in sports.
He was a devoted member of St. Patrick's parish in Hudson and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus in Hudson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mary Gavin; his brothers: John, Joseph, Arthur and William Gavin; his sisters: Mary Hanson, Mildred Berning and Helen Kalinaski; his brothers-in-law: Engewald Hanson, Orville Berning and Warren Kalinaski; sister-in-law, Katherine Gavin; nephew: Frank Kalinaski; and niece: Sandra Bell.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marjorie; his daughters: Ann Gavin and Mary and Barry Preston of Hudson; his sons: Gary Gavin of Hudson, and Mike and Roxanne Gavin of River Falls; seven grandchildren: Emily, Abby, Stephanie and Scott Gavin and Jenny, Aimee and Drew Preston.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson, with the Rev. Peter Szleszinski officiating and Elsie Sandquist, the organist, accompanying the Hope Choir.
Readers were Patti Waterman and Judy Reierson. Gift bearers were Robbie Marson and the John and Maureen Fassbinder family. Eulogy was given by Richard Kinney.
Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Hudson. 
Pallbearers were: Bill Kalinaski, Dan Gavin, Gordy Gavin, Larry Berning, Larry Ruemmele, and Rich Ruemmele.
Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 10, with a prayer service Friday and Saturday at O'Connell's Funeral Home, Hudson.
Memorials are preferred.

Blanche E. Collins, 86
Blanche Evelyn (Smith) Collins, 86, died at the Kinnickinnic Long Term Care facility in River Falls, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999.
She was born Nov. 11, 1903, in Clear Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Pailing and Walter H. Smith. She moved to North Dakota at age 3, where her father was engaged in the farm machinery business.
In 1910 her father purchased a general blacksmith shop at Baldwin, where they remained until 1917 when they moved to Hudson. She graduated from high school in 1922. 
After attending UW-River Falls a short time, she began working for the Omaha Division of C & NW Railroad at Hudson. She was transferred to Chicago, Sioux City, Iowa, and St. Paul over a period of 15 years or until 1934 when she was married to P. Howard Collins of River Falls, where they lived and farmed. He died Nov. 1, 1985.
She was a 50-member of Eastern Star, a 4-H leader for 20 years, and Pierce County Cancer chairperson for 10 years. She was a charter member of the business and professional women's club. She transferred memberships from the Presbyterian Church of Hudson to the First Congregational United Church of Christ of River Falls.
She was a member of the Homemakers of Glass Valley and served on the school board. She worked for attorneys J. F. Murry, William McEwen and Les Gaylord.
She was employed at UW-River Falls in various offices and departments for many years. She spent many years in Texas with her husband, Howard.
She worked for the Red Cross Bloodmobile, doing registrations. She was also a secretary for the women's bowling league and carried a high average.
She is survived by several cousins, Mrs. LeRoy Collins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Friday, Dec. 17, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Delbert Permann officiating. 
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bill Smith, Harley Halverson, Bob Bjerstedt, Al Timmerman, Jerry Peterson and Todd Bjerstedt.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Herbert S. Yanisch, 81
Herbert S. Yanisch, 81, of Prescott, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Regina Medical Center, Hastings, Minn.
He was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Herbert in the town of Salem in Pierce County, the son of Bernard and Maude (Herbert) Yanisch.
He married Dorothy Stern on Feb. 12, 1942, in Clayfield. They farmed in Ellsworth and Prescott for many years. While he was farming, he also worked for the Farmers Union, River Falls Creamery, Hove Automotive, Frank Brothers Grain Elevator and the St. Paul Pine Bend ammonia plant.
He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, bird watching, fishing and hunting.
He was a member of Local 6-662 OCAW and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prescott.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Maude; two brothers and three sisters; and a son-in-law: Kenny Buss.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Prescott; three daughters: Frances Buss of River Falls, Faye Riley of Prescott, and Terri and Paul Hempel of Hager City; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother: Delores and Allan Sathra of Apache Junction, Ariz., Bernadine and Vernon Riegelman of Red Wing, Eugene and Helen Yansich of Cottage Grove, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Prescott, with the Rev. Thomas Mannion officiating. 
Interment was in the church cemetery.

Raymond W. Pechacek, 14
Raymond W. Pechacek, 14, of River Falls died Dec. 15, 1999.
He was born in Red Wing, Minn., on March 7, 1985, the son of Peter and Sheila Pechacek. He was a freshman at the River Falls High School. He played football on the freshman team.
He went to St. Bridget Parish School where he graduated in 1999. He was a member of the basketball team and played every year for St. Bridget. He was an altar boy at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He went to Australia this summer with "People to People Student Ambassadors." He went to College for Kids and Teen University.
He liked to hunt and fish. He went to Canada with his grandpa, fishing. This fall he shot his first buck.
His favorite sport was football. He liked playing football with his cousins at a family get-together.
He was a Packer fan all the way and said "The Packers are the best team."
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Hattie Christiansen.
He is survived by his parents, Peter and Sheila Pechacek; his sisters: Rose and Rachel; his grandparents: Lawrence and Henrietta Pechacek; his great uncle: George Pechacek; his many aunts and uncles and several cousins, who loved him very much.
Funeral was Saturday, Dec. 18, at St. Mary's Big River Catholic Church, rural River Falls.
Interment was at Cherma Cemetery, River Falls.
Pallbearers were Bob Merta, Dennis Hildebrandt, Paul Schmidt, Donny Merta, Ronnie Hildebrandt, and Jeff Holts.
Honorary pallbearers are: Bob Buckner, Walter Schuck, Duane Chapman, Mikey Lubich, Mike Mathys, T.J. Christiansen, Leon Matthews, Lynn Berning, Brandon Cernohous, Brian Mathys, and Haven Schuck.
Altar boys were Chris and Jason Christiansen.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Donald F. Parent, 68
Donald Francis Parent, 68, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at United Hospital in St. Paul, with many loved ones present. He died of small cell lung cancer.
He was born Jan. 16, 1931, the son of Ernest James Parent and Mary Fern Palmer Parent. He earned his general education degree in the 1960s and attended WITC in New Richmond, studying small engine repair, tractor and RV repair. He retired from West Industries in 1992.
His wife, Sophie Julia Flynn, is deceased. 
He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy for a total of 26 years. He earned the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) and was honorably discharged in 1978.
His lifelong hobbies include: his tomato garden, (which brought him lots of joy and much to talk about), card games with his family and friends (especially cribbage, his favorite pastime), and solving the puzzle of the Rubic's Cube.
He also loved to take boating trips down the Ohio and St. Croix rivers, visiting Willow River State Park, family picnics, visiting relatives, stopping at yard sales, watching football games on television and teaching children to play chess.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie Julia Parent; his parents, Ernest James Parent and Mary Fern Parent; his brother, Joe Parent; his sister, Mary Schmidt; and a very dear friend, Lillian Boesch.
He is survived by his children: Marvin Parent, Martha Parent-Beller, Mary May, Monica Parent-Joyner, Molly Parent; his grandchildren: Christina, Blake, Dylan, Samantha, Kimberlie, Bryan, Jennifer, Brandon, Kimberly, Michael; his siblings: Rita, Jim, Gert, Barb, Bernie, Sharon, Shirley, Betty, Tommy, Billy and Gloria.
Services were held Friday, Dec. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of New Richmond. A piano solo was played by Kimberlie May.
Pallbearers were: Marvin Parent, Michael Parent, Rodney May, Bryan May, Donald Larson, Tom Parent and Dennis Vesper.

Georgia Setterquist Cowles, 92
Georgia Setterquist Cowles, 92, of Gainesville, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Shands at the University of Florida. 
She was born in Havre, Mont., and lived in River Falls for almost 60 years with her first husband, Theodore F. Setterquist, chair and faculty member of the Department of Chemistry at UW-River Falls.
In 1987 she moved to West Columbia, Texas, with her second husband, Osborne B. Cowles, an intercollegiate coach who began his career at UW-RF. She had lived with her daughter, Janet, for the last 4 years.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in River Falls and an active community member.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet Gharrity; two grandsons: James Gharrity of Janesville, and Christopher Gharrity of Denver; and three grandchildren: Leah, Matthew and Griffin.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Jan. 8, at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Memorials can be made as donations to the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson St., Denver, Colo., 80206-2762.

Mae L. Dado, 81
Mae LaVonne Dado, 81, of River Falls, died on Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born May 2, 1918, in the town of Vance Creek in Barron County, the daughter of Charles and Alice Greene.
She married Michael E. Dado on June 19, 1937, in Faribault, Minn. They settled in the town of Vance Creek where they farmed for 20 years. They moved to Reeve, where they operated a service station for 9 years. 
In 1967 they moved to River Falls, where they both worked at UW-River Falls. Mae retired in 1975 and continued to live in River Falls until her death.
She was an active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing cards, camping and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Alice; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Michael; one sister, Florence of Faribault, Minn.; her sons: Gary and Arlene Dado of Amery; Kenneth and Cheryl of Balsam Lake, Mike and Diane Dado of River Falls; her daughters: Patricia and Allen Gale of Hastings, Minn., and Kathleen and Jeff Dusek of River Falls; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 21, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Harris officiating.
Interment was in St. Bridget's Cemetery in River Falls.

Anna M. Grotenhuis, 85
Anna M. Grotenhuis, 85, of River Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls. She had been a resident of The Lutheran Home for several years.
Prior to moving to The Lutheran Home, Anna and her husband, George, lived in the WelLHaven Senior Apartments and Briarwood Apartments, both in River Falls.
She was born on March 8, 1914, in Beldenville, the daughter of Oscar and Petra (Hokling) Peterson. She attended the one-room country school at South Rush River. Following school, she worked as a live-in nanny in the Twin Cities. On Nov. 16, 1938, she married George Grotenhuis at the Norwegian Lutheran Parsonage of South Rush River, now Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The couple had five children: Darlene, Diane, Donna, Deloris and Allen.
They lived in the town of Martell until the early 1960s when they moved into the city of River Falls. Friends have told Anna's family that she was the most caring, giving and loving person. Her life centered around her love for her family and friends.
She didn't have a job outside the home, but was always there to help others, whether it was babysitting, taking people to medical appointments, delivering Meals on Wheels, coordinating neighborhood drives for charities and staining and varnishing new homes George built.
When she wasn't busy canning, baking, cooking or gardening, she was busy with needlework. She enjoyed playing games with her family, friends and neighbors, going to the family cabin, traveling and being involved in the Homemaker's Club.
She loved children, and enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin.
She had several health challenges during the past 13 years. She never complained and always kept her sense of humor. Through her faith in God she found strength to deal with life's challenges.
Visits from family and friends were very important and appreciated. Christmas was her favorite time of the year and her Norwegian heritage was displayed as she prepared lefse, rosettes, fattigman, krumkaka, roumagrot, fruit soup and sandbakkels.
She loved all the lights, singing, poems and decorations that accompany the holidays. Thirty years ago she was planning a Christmas Eve dinner for 50 relatives and served them lutefisk.
George and Anna shared a special time together the night prior to her death, as they enjoyed a Christmas program at The Lutheran Home.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Julie Biermaier; and her brothers: Arthur, Edor, Palmer and Walter Peterson.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, George, of River Falls; her daughters: Darlene and Tom Myers of Hastings, Minn., Diane and Bob Erickson of Belle Plaine, Minn., Donna and Gary Johnson of Tomah, and Deloris and Tom McArdle of Shoreview, Minn.; a son: Allen and Donna Grotenhuis of Palm Harbor, Fla.; her grandchildren: Scott and Sandy Myers, Jodi and Steve Nielsen, Jeffrey and Emily Myers, Amy and Jens Winkel, Jason Erickson, Adam Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Melissa McArdle, Sarah McArdle, Kim and Ryan Barker, Kelly Grotenhuis; great-grandchildren: Brittney and Trent Nielsen, Alex and Alaina Myers, Zach Biermaier, Jazmine Barker; her sisters: Esther Hoklin of Sioux City, Iowa, Alice and Russell Hanson of Beldenville, June Cunningham of Chippewa Falls; a brother: Newell and Mabel Peterson.
Funeral was Saturday, Dec. 18, at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin, with the Rev. Harlan DeJong officiating. Organist was Brenda Lokker and soloist was Theresa Johnson with congregational singing. A special poem was read by Melissa McArdle. Readings were by Scott Myers, Jodi Nielsen and Sarah McArdle. 
Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Myers, Jeffrey Myers, Jason Erickson, Adam Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bradley Johnson.
Memorials are preferred.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Richard V. Bucek, 50
Richard Vladimir Bucek, 50, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at his home in River Falls.
He was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Minneapolis, the son of Vladimir and Jeann Bucek.
He graduated from high school in Minneapolis. He was a staff sergeant in the United States Army in the early 1970s and served in Vietnam. He lived in River Falls for 5 years, working at Fox's Ace Hardware for a time.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean M. Bucek.
He is survived by his father, Vladimir "Lad" H. Bucek of Brainerd, Minn.; a sister, Linda and Jim Pedersen of Shakopee, Minn.; nieces Kathye Jo and Dawn; great-nephews Chad and Zachary; a good friend, George LaFave; other relatives and friends.
Memorial service was Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home, with Randy Baar officiating.
Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Gertrude L. Gore, 81
Gertrude L. Gore, 81, of River Falls died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Osseo Area Medical Center in Osseo.
She was born March 15, 1918, in Barron County, to John and Ruth (Quam) Prosser. She married Clarence Gore on June 29, 1940. 
While living in Turtle Lake she worked as a seamstress. In 1961 she moved to Osseo and worked as a bookkeeper for the Beef River Telephone Co. She has been a resident of River Falls since 1967.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, who died Sept. 21, 1979; her parents, John and Ruth; and a brother, Hugh Prosser.
She is survived by her children: Linda Johnson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Becky and Allen Rongstad of Osseo, Kristine and Paul Brown Gore of Hull, Quebec, Lance and Julie Gore of River Falls; a brother, Robert Prosser of Turtle Lake; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Monday, Dec. 27, at Park View Methodist Church in Turtle Lake, with the Rev. Ted Simpson officiating.
Burial was in Lake View Cemetery, Turtle Lake.

Loretta Steffenhagen, 76
Loretta Steffenhagen, 76, of River Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Green Bay.
Burial will be in the Fort Howard Cemetery in Green Bay. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred.

Frankie J. Weiss, 73
Frankie J. Weiss, 73 of Osceola died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999 at the Osceola Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 28, 1925 in River Falls, the daughter of Francis and Hazel (Edquist) Kelly.
She graduated from River Falls High School and attended UW-RF for one year.
On May 2, 1944 she married Sheldon A. Weiss in Madison. She and Sheldon owned the Big Lake Store. She was always a homemaker and outstanding mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading and music. She received special honors for her volunteering at her local hospital and church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her sons: Terry and Margie Weiss; Sheldon "Dean" and Kelley Weiss; her daughters: Carol and Don Gilbert; Jeannie Palmsteen; Wendy and Jody Videen; her sister: Connie Cudd; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday at the St. Joseph Church by Fr. Thomas Thompson. Music was provided by Diane Newman and Marie Weiss. 
Interment was in the St. Mary Cemetery in Farmington.


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