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Bertha M. Firner, 95
Bertha M. Firner, 95, of River Falls, formerly of Ellsworth and Milltown, died Feb. 26, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
The daughter of Bernhardt F. and Bertha J. (Lehmann) Fischer, she was born Sept. 5, 1902, in the town of Salem in Pierce County. She married Louis Firner on June 15, 1927.
She taught for many years in Pierce and Burnett counties. Later she learned the barbering trade, enabling her to work next to her husband in shops located in Webster, Danbury and finally their own in Milltown.
Mrs. Firner had been living at the WelLHaven senior apartments and most recently at The Lutheran Home. She was a member of Milltown Lutheran Church, the Retired Teachers, Order of the Eastern Star and the Milltown Senior Citizens. She enjoyed gardening and entertaining.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis; and brother Reinhart.
She is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law: the Rev. Walter and Arlene Fischer of Arlington, Minn., and Arthur Fischer of Ellsworth; four sisters: Erna Fischer of St. Paul, Louise Kind of Hager City, Martha Wile of West Bend, and Florence Wirth of Ellsworth; and one sister-in-law Marie Fischer of Ellsworth.
The funeral was Feb. 28 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Ellsworth, with the Rev. J. Keith Trembath officiating.
Burial of cremated remains will be in St. Paul's Cemetery at a later date.

Adelard (A.E.) Purfeerst, 86
Adelard (A.E.) Purfeerst, 86, of River Falls, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born Nov. 26, 1911, in the town of Cherma, the son of Charles and Margaret (Dauser) Purfeerst. He married Bernice M. Schulte on June 7, 1939. He lived in the River Falls area, working as a farmer and carpenter.
He was an active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. He served the faith community for many years as an usher, always with a smile and willing to offer a helping hand.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; and four children; his parents, Charles and Margaret; four brothers and six sisters.
He is survived by his son, James and Mary Anne of River Falls; a daughter, Donna and Howard Swanson of Lakeland, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Schommer of Prescott; many relatives and friends.
Funeral was Saturday, March 7, 1998, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls, with Father Gerald Harris officiating.
Burial was in St. Bridget Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his grandsons: Matthew and Andrew Purfeerst, his nephews: Eugene Schommer and Phillip (Butch) Dusek; his great-nephew, Paul Kliszcz, and a close friend, Jack Solum.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Boyd H. Nelson, 81
Boyd H. Nelson, 81, of the town of Trimbelle, Pierce County, died March 4, 1998 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
The son of Karl F. and Erma C. (Keller) Nelson, he was born Sept. 8, 1916 in the town of Trimbelle.
He married Martha S. Huppert on Aug. 15, 1941 in Rochester, Minn. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa and the European Theater.
After returning home, he took over the family farm and worked for the Armour Meat Company. He retired from the company in 1977.
Mr. Nelson enjoyed gardening. He was active in the National Farmers Organization and the Democratic Party. He served on the Trimbelle Town Board and was a member of the Prescott Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife Martha of Ellsworth; six children and their spouses: Judith and Dale Lindstrom of Woodbury, Minn., Alouise Thom of River Falls, Charles and Gayle Nelson of Ellsworth, Sally and John Nugent of Ellsworth, Boyd Jr. and Karen Nelson of Prescott and Richard and Diane Nelson of Ellsworth; 17 grandchildren; one great grandchild; two sisters: Joyce Leonardson of Bloomington, Minn., and Gloria McHardy of Bay City; and two sons and daughters-in-law: Sam and Gladys Nelson of Seattle, Wash., and Robert and Ione Nelson of Minneapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Keith, who died in 1961; a daughter, Cynthia, who died in 1963; a daughter-in-law, Minna Jo Nelson; a son-in-law, Gordy Thom; three brothers: Pearly, Claire and Roy; and two sisters: Rosina and LaRome.
Mass of Christian Burial was held March 7 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big River with Fr. John Rockfelt officiating.
Burial will be at the Trimbelle Cemetery.

Margaret D. LaDuke, 60
Margaret D. LaDuke, 60, of River Falls, died Thursday, March 5, 1998 in River Falls.
She will be greatly missed and always loved by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Josephine LaDuke; her daughter, Donna Jo; two brothers and one sister.
She is survived by her children: Gregory and Kim Thomas, Deborah and Donald Ellefson, Pamela and Patrick Murphy, Daniel Thomas, Allen and Cheryl Thomas, Michelle and Carl Branshaw, and Stacie and Randy Thomas; 14 grandchildren: Joleen, Angela, Donna, Aaron, Joshua, Natasha, Amber, Andrea, Alyssa, Micah, Cassandra, Levi, Luke and Chelsea; five sisters: Gladys Merzenich, Merilla Paulson, Frances Johnson, Phyllis and James Skala and Joan Peterson; a brother, Harold and Wanita LaDuke; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was to be from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at Nelson Funeral home, River Falls, and one hour prior to the funeral service.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 12, at Nelson Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls.

Edna F. Wasson, 82
Edna Florence Wasson, 82, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.
She was born May 12, 1915, in the town of Oak Grove, Pierce County, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Arnold) Simon. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.
She grew up west of River Falls, where she attended the Mann Valley Stone School. On Nov. 20, 1934, she married Clarence Wasson at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson.
The couple farmed in the Mann Valley area, east of River Falls, near Ellsworth and Spring Valley. After retiring from the farm, they moved into Spring Valley, where Edna lived until becoming a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home on March 1, 1990.
Edna worked at Stokley's Cannery in Lakeland, Minn., and at the overall factory in River Falls. She was also a cook at Crystal Cave and at the Spring Valley Health Care Center. She was active in the Olivet Homemaker's Club and 4-H. She was also an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Sarah; her husband, Clarence; her son, Steven; her brothers, Leon and Raymond Simon; and her son-in-law, Robert Borneman.
Survivors include 11 children: Jean Borneman of White River, S.D., Floyd and Vivian Wasson of Westfield, Patricia and Luther Johnson of Hudson, Alice and Charles Parker of North Port, Ala., Mary and Harold Thompson of Spring Valley, Rita and Curt Abbott of Dent, Minn., Charlene and Henry Hoevel of Montello, Linda and Daniel Ness of Osseo, Karen and Michael Williams of Portage, Kathy and Conrad James Rognholt, and Dennis Wasson of New Richmond; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her sisters: Helen Cernohous of River Falls and Grace Herring of Montrose, Iowa; sisters-in-law Jeanette Simon of River Falls and Florence Simon of Hudson; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Friday at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Funeral was Saturday, March 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Father Ambrose Blenker officiated, assisted by Sister Karen Freund. Music was provided by organist Ellen Rominski and the church choir.
Honorary bearers were: Chris Borneman, Charles Parker, Jeff Thompson, Frank Thompson and Pvt. Steven Rognholt. Pallbearers were: Mike Borneman, Brian Wasson, Floyd Johnson, Carl Abbott, Matthew Ness, James Rognholt and Tim Hoevel.

Bertha M. Fischer, 95
Bertha M. Fischer, 95, of River Falls, formerly of Ellsworth and Milltown, died Feb. 26, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
The daughter of Bernhardt F. and Bertha J. (Lehmann) Fischer, she was born Sept. 5, 1902, in the town of Salem in Pierce County. She married Louis Fischer on June 15, 1927.
She taught for many years in Pierce and Burnett counties. Later she learned the barbering trade, enabling her to work next to her husband in shops located in Webster, Danbury and finally their own in Milltown.
She had been living at the WelLHaven senior apartments and most recently at The Lutheran Home. She was a member of Milltown Lutheran Church, the Retired Teachers, Order of the Eastern Star and the Milltown Senior Citizens. She enjoyed gardening and entertaining.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis; and brother Reinhart.
She is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law: the Rev. Walter and Arlene Fischer of Arlington, Minn., and Arthur Fischer of Ellsworth; four sisters: Erna Fischer of St. Paul, Louise Kind of Hager City, Martha Wille of West Bend, and Florence Wirth of Ellsworth; and one sister-in-law Marie Fischer of Ellsworth.
The funeral was Feb. 28 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Ellsworth, with the Rev. J. Keith Trembath officiating.
Burial of cremated remains will be in St. Paul's Cemetery at a later date.

Viola D. Kanten, 81
Viola D. Kanten, 81, died Monday, March 2, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls, where she had lived since 1995.
She was born in South Dakota on July 23, 1916, to Tilda and Otto Friberg. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she taught home economics for many years.
She married Glen Kanten in 1941. In the 1970s she operated a nursery school in Minneapolis and in later years, she and Glen owned the Circle K Orchard near Beldenville.
She is survived by her husband, Glen; her daughter, Glenise and Gary Beltz of White Bear Lake, Minn.; her sons, Tom and Melody Kanten of Baldwin, and Steve and Karen Kanten of Park City, Utah; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson Funeral Home in River Falls.
Memorial donations in her name are requested to the Alzheimer's Association or to The Lutheran Home: River Falls.

Blanche B. Wakefield, 61
Blanche B. Wakefield, 61, of River Falls died Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born in Pepin County in Durand on June 10, 1936, the daughter of Leo and Clara (Weissinger) Hayden. She married Louis Wakefield at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand on Aug. 30, 1954.
She was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Brady Louis Wakefield; her parents, Leo and Clara Hayden; and her siblings: Edward, Walter, Gilbert, Bernard, Arnold, Isabelle, Ilene and Lorinna.
She is survived by her husband, Louis, of River Falls; her children: Robert and Shannon Wakefield of River Falls, Dennis and Tina Wakefield of Hammond, Bonnie and Stephen Phillips of River Falls, Patty Jo and Craig Bakke of Baldwin, Sheila and Fred Hansen of Ellsworth, Donna and Tracy Houff of Austin, Minn.; and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday, March 6, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with Fr. Gerald Harris officiating. Interment was in Arkansaw Cemetery in Arkansaw.
Pallbearers were Nicholas Phillips, Nathaniel Phillips, Ryan Wakefield, Danny Bakke, Todd Bakke, Christopher Wakefield, and Phillip Hodges.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Dennis S. Larson, 73
Dennis S. Larson, 73, died Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at his home.
He spent all of his life in River Falls and was a lifelong member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.
He joined the U.S. Navy and was trained as a pilot, which probably explained his fascination with planes and flying. He never missed an opportunity to go out to the River Falls airport, especially when his nephew, Jon Markuson, buzzed the house with his helicopter.
He also had a successful boxing career in the Navy, being undefeated for 3 years. Although he was fierce in the ring, he was a gentle and loving husband, father, and a friend to many.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he came back to River Falls and married Donna Jenson in 1949. From this union, one daughter was born, Susan.
The couple was married for 41 years before Donna's death in 1990.
He was a carpenter by trade, working as an independent contractor in River Falls before becoming a superintendent for commercial contractors in the Twin Cities. Through the years he was an active member of the American Legion and the 40 et 8, serving as Chef De Gar in 1990-91.
He will be missed by many. He was a "people person" and always ready with a joke or to lend a helping hand.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his mother, Gunda Hilson; his father, Louis Larson; his brother, George; his sisters: Lilian, Haide, Esther and Grace; his nephews: Larry and Jim Larson, David and Michael Markuson, and Steve Cina.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan and Bruce Mueller of River Falls; his brother, Dick and Doris Larson of River Falls; his sisters: Dora Markuson of St. Paul, Violet and Frank Geer of Shoreview, Minn., his sister-in-law, Beverly and Tom Lowe of River Falls, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Saturday, March 21, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Bill Montgomery officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the River Falls American Legion Post #121.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Auguste J. Moldenhauer, 89
Auguste J. Moldenhauer, 89, of River Falls, formerly of St. Paul, died at The Lutheran Home: River Falls on Wednesday, March 18, 1998.
She was known as "Gustel" and was born in Germany on Aug. 18, 1908, the daughter of Friedrich Birth and Johnne Bohnke Birth. She married Walter Moldenhauer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1924.
She is survived by her nephew, Richard and Mary Moldenhauer.
Funeral was Tuesday, March 24, at Cashman Mortuary. Interment was to be Wednesday, March 25, at the Evergreen Cemetery in St. Paul.

Eugene Peter Nolen
Eugene Peter Nolen, 72, died at his home in River Falls on Tuesday, March 17, 1998.
He was born in 1926 in St. Cloud, Minn. He served during World War II from 1944-46 in the 11th Airborne Division. He graduated from St. John's University and went on to teach in many towns until settling down at the UW-River Falls English Department in 1964. He retired in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Fr. Andrew Nolen; and two sisters: Marie Nolen Braun and Genivieve Nolen Faith.
He is survived by his brothers: Julius Nolen of St. Louis, and Cyril Nolen of Marlboro, N.Y.; his sisters: Lore Nolen Hommerding of St. Cloud, Minn., Alice Nolen Meyer of Demarest, N.J., Vera Nolen Hahn of Shoreview, Minn.; his children: Ninette Nolen of St. Paul, Timothy Nolen of Spring Valley, Michelle Nolen-Karras of Cazenovia, Tom Nolen and Ted Nolen, both of Maplewood, Minn.; and nine grandchildren from ages 9 months to 20 years old.
A memorial service was held at St. Bridget Catholic Church on Saturday, March 21. Friends gathered at the church before the service and attended lunch following.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Mavis M. Rudiger, 78
Mavis M. Merriman Rudiger, 78, of Menomonie, died Sunday, March 22, 1998 at her home in Menomonie, after a battle with cancer, her family at her side.
The former Mavis Marie Merriman was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Ellsworth in Pierce County, to Arvia and Inez (Roatch) Merriman. She was raised in Ellsworth and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1938.
Most of her younger years were spent in Ellsworth, where she owned and operated the Little Grand Cafe in Ellsworth. She later worked at the Hudson Harbor in Hudson and as a waitress at the Flame Lounge in Menomonie. She enjoyed the dances at the old Ellsworth Pavillion.
She married Eugene Rudiger on Feb. 18, 1946, in Menomonie. She had four sons: Jerry of Copper Hills, Va., Lee and Marilyn of Menomonie, Steve and DiAnn of Menomonie, and Tom of Jackson, Minn.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed raising her family. She was a member of the Hudson Road Homemakers and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She loved bowling and bowled in the Bowlerettes League. She was also an avid Packer fan and stock car racing fan.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family. She will be missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Donna Jean Pierson; two brothers: Lee and Rex; a niece, Lila Merriman Clay; a nephew, Terry Merriman; and a great-nephew, Randy Merriman.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene Rudiger of Menomonie; four sons: Jerry Rudiger of Copper Hill, Va., Lee and Marilyn Rudiger of Menomonie, Tom Rudiger of Jackson, Minn., and Steve and DiAnn Rudiger of Menomonie; 12 grandchildren: James, Alicia, Terra and Gaia Rudiger, Kurt and Donna Rudiger, Jeffrey and Jessica Rudiger, Mark and Jennifer Rudiger, Thom J. Rudiger, Angela and Todd Hamlett, Tina, Heidi and Mindy Rudiger; three great-grandchildren: Taylor, Hayley and Gavin Rudiger; four brothers and two sisters: Maxine and Paul Buck of Roberts, Ramona "Monie" Merriman of River Falls, Bill and Louise Merriman of Hayward, Everal "Bud" and Donna Merriman of Couderay, Max and Betty Merriman of River Falls, Merlin and Bonnie Merriman of Baldwin; a sister-in-law, Jean Merriman of River Falls; sister and brother-in-laws Phyllis and Fritz Shock, Barbie and Willard Hintz of Menomonie, Pat and Wes Swenty of Eau Claire, many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral was to be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was to be in Mamre Cemetery in the town of Menomonie.
Pallbearers were: grandsons Kurt, Jeff, and Mark Rudiger; granddaughters: Tina Rudiger and Angela Hamlett; and family friend Dan Proudlock.

Nathan Jeffrey Halls, 22
Nathan Jeffrey Halls, 22, died Saturday, March 28, 1998 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born Oct. 10, 1975, and attended elementary school in River Falls. He was a 1994 graduate of Flambeau High School in Tony. He also attended Mount Senario College in Ladysmith.
He will be missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Page.
He is survived by his father, Jeffrey Halls of Nordland, Wash.; his grandparents, Dale and Betty Halls of River Falls, Doug and Rae Page of Ladysmith, and Peggy Brewington of Cornell; aunts and uncles Cindy and Randy Ernst of Ladysmith, Linda Page of Minneapolis, Clint and Jackie Page of Conrath, Stuart Page of River Falls, and Shawn Page of Minneapolis; cousins Clayton Halls, Jack Halls, Sara Ernst and Jake Ernst, all of Ladysmith, Cindy (C.J.) Ritter of Minneapolis, and Madeline and Warren Page of River Falls; and many dear friends.
A celebration of life and gathering of loving family and friends will be held at Hope Lutheran Church of Ladysmith at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2.

Viola D. Kanten, 81
Viola D. Kanten, 81, died Monday, March 2, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls, where she had lived since 1995.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., at The Lutheran Home in River Falls. This is a change from where it was originally scheduled at the Nelson Funeral Home in River Falls.
Memorial donations in her name are requested to the Alzheimer's Association or to The Lutheran Home: River Falls.

Josephine Swenson, 89
Josephine Swenson, 89, of River Falls died Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
She was born Sept. 9, 1908, in Red Wing, Minn. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary, Ezekiel Lutheran Church and the Kinnickinnic Ladies Aid of which she was a charter member.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; one son, Duane; and one sister, Mary.
She is survived by one son, Eugene and Betty of River Falls; one daughter, Yvonne and Joe Jajtner of Oshkosh; one daughter-in-law, Jane Swenson of River Falls; one sister, Irma Nelson, of Red Wing; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be Friday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m., at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Bill Montgomery officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, April 2, from 4-8 p.m., at the Nelson Funeral Home, and 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers will be Eric Swenson, Donald Swenson, Roger Swenson, Gary Grimm, Jerry Nelson and Rodney Miller.
Interment will be at Rush River Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Martell.
Nelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert G. Brenner, 75
Robert G. Brenner, 75, of Prescott died Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at his home.
He was born on Sept. 17, 1922, in Red Wing, Minn., the son of Reuben H. and Clara M. Brenner.
He was a 1940 graduate of Ellsworth High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944 until 1946 in Europe.
He married Isabel "Ike" Pechacek on Oct. 28, 1961, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plum City. He worked for Cenex for 10 years and Swift & Company for 17 years. He retired as a custodian from the Prescott School District.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting and fishing. He was a member of VFW Post #9060, and the American Legion Post in Prescott.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Clara.
Survivors include his wife, Isabel, of Prescott; his children: Pam Pechacek of Prescott, Renee Brenner of Prescott, Gail Brenner of Prescott, and Penny and Greg Brown of Hudson; one granddaughter, Courtney Brown; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 5, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prescott, with the Rev. Richard Durow officiating.
Interment of cremated remains will be in Pine Glen Cemetery at a later date.

Dorothy L. Anderson, 87
Dorothy L. Anderson, 87, died March 25, 1998 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.
She was born in Ayshire, Iowa, on Nov. 11, 1910, the daughter of Ralph and Fern Emily Hickman Darlington. She married John S. Anderson on Sept. 3, 1932, in Detroit. He died on Nov. 10, 1978.
She attended UW-River Falls. She was a homemaker and member of First Congregational Church of River Falls, the Plymouth Congregational Church of West Des Moines, Iowa, and the Eastern Star P.E.O. in Des Moines, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; and two brothers.
She is survived by her children: Richard C. Anderson of Urbana, William F. Anderson of Westchester, Pa., John S. Anderson, Jr., of Georgetown, Mass., and Robert S. Anderson of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday, March 27, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in Urbana, with the Rev. Robert A. Mulligan officiating. Burial was to be in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.

Gladys M. Robinson, 81
Gladys M. Robinson, 81, of Maplewood, Minn., died on Saturday, April 4, 1998.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry.
She is survived by her children: Harriet Eiynck, Pat and Jerry Peterson and Mary Yunker; her grandchildren: David and Timothy Eiynck, Daryl Robinson, Ann and Ashley Yunker; great-grandchild, Triston Richert; a sister, Wilma Doolittle; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was to be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, at Community Baptist Church in Truman, Minn. Memorials may be directed to the family at 709 Dorland Rd., Maplewood, Minn., 55119.

Raymond W. Abrahamson Sr., 87
Raymond W. Abrahamson Sr., 87, of River Falls and formerly of Woodville and Wayzata, Minn., died Monday, April 20, 1998.
He was employed in the oil business for 42 years and was divisional manager of Continental Oil. He belonged to the local branches of the Masons and Shriners. He was a member of the Wayzata and Hudson Rotary Clubs, the American Saddlebred Association, and Wilson Lutheran Church in Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lysbeth Abrahamson; and a brother, Alfred and Margaret Abrahamson.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile Abrahamson of River Falls; a sister, Loise and John Morgan of Los Angeles; a son, Raymond W. and Ginny Abrahamson of Alexandria, Minn.; daughters, Diana Ensign and Debbie Klein of Stillwater, Minn.; 10 grandchildren: Tom and Sue Abrahamson of Chatanooga, Tenn., Colleen and Dan Norton of Apple Valley, Minn., Shannon and Scott Jungman of New Ulm, Minn., Kelly and Todd Schreuers of Maple Grove, Lynn Abrahamson of Shakopee, Minn., Kari Whitsitt of Edina, Minn., Kim Falco and Craig of Ketchem, Ind., Chuck Ensign and Tonya of Scottsdale, Ariz., Andrea Ensign and Eric Church of Sante Fe, N.M., and Brian Ensign of Stevens Point; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at Wilson Luthern Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Association or the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Arrangements are being made by the Minnesota Cremation Society.

Margaret G. Carey, 92
Margaret G. Carey, 92, of Hudson died Friday, April 17, 1998 at the Christian Community Home of Hudson, where she lived the past 6 1/2 years.
She was born on April 2, 1906, in Milwaukee, the daughter of George and Gertrude (Maus) Franke. She attended St. Sabastian grade school and high school, graduating in 1924.
In Milwaukee she did office work for one of the large insurance companies. On Dec. 31, 1927, she married Paul Jacob Carey at St. Sabastian's Church in Milwaukee.
After her retirement in 1963, she took up residence on Big Lake in Osceola. In 1968, she made her home in Venice, Fla. She came back to this area and was a resident for a short time at Christian Community Home in 1991 but left there to take up her residence at WellHaven in River Falls. In the late fall of 1991, she moved back to the Christian Community Home in Hudson.
Throughout her lifetime, Margaret worked with many crafts, including making handbags and mobiles. She also kept herself occupied ith knitting, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by a son, Michael and Janice of Shoreview, Minn.; a daughter, Kathleen of Venice, Fla.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 23, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Peter Szleszinski officiating. Elsie Sandquist will accompany the Hope Choir.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. Memorials are preferred.

William G. Clark, 91
William Grant Clark, 91, a resident of Hudson for over 61 years, died at his apartment in Wintergreen on Thursday, April 16, 1998.
Bill was born on April 19, 1906, at Chariton, the son of pioneers Harry and Lena (Barstow) Clark. He attended the rural school near Chariton. He read many books, especially the Bible, and praised his own form of education of "learning by living."
He was quoted, "My education was practical work. You learn a lot by keeping your mouth shut, your ears open and paying attention to everything _ there's a college education in the Bible if you can analyze it."
In 1916 the Clark family moved to Rice Lake. At age 12, with his three brothers and a sister, he performed the work men often did. He would ride horseback to gather the cattle and then do his own laundry in a nearby creek.
He also worked for a time at a brickyard and sawmill near Cumberland. During the 1920s, he was a farm foreman for a mental institution near Madison which involved prisoners doing therapy work on a farm.
He then came to Hudson in 1937 and worked for over 5 years at the Omaha Railroad shops (CSTPM&O) in North Hudson. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army at Milwaukee and served with the 34th Medical Ambulance Company as a paramedic in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of World War II. While serving, he was injured in a truck accident where many men died. He was flown back to the United States to a Staten Island, N.Y. hospital, and later transferred to Billings General Hospital at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. He was discharged on June 15, 1944.
He married Irene Jeenie Frazier on Jan. 10, 1940, in Stillwater, Minn.
He went back to the railroad shops in North Hudson until 1950 when he took a maintenance position until his retirement in 1975. Retirement did not stop him from working, as he then moved into the landscaping and yard grading business in the Hudson area.
His interests included his fly tying. He recalled using chicken feathers and cotton balls when there was a shortage of materials. He also enjoyed photography and owned a number of cameras and equipment. He carried in his pocket a photo of himself roping a "wild horse" taken in 1917.
Bird-watching and fishing were also enjoyed in his retirement. Living in Wintergreen with his small electric scooter, he was always willing to give small children a ride.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Jeenie Frazier in 1990; two brothers and a sister.
He is survived by a brother, Steve C. and Francis Clark of Maple Bluff; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, April 20, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Lew Burden officiating. The Hope Choir was accompanied by organist Elsie Sandquist.
Pallbearers were: Brandon Frazier, Steve Clark, Art Montez, Steven Frazier, Daniel O'Keefe and Doug Fox. Honorary pallbearer is Raymond (Mort) Weinberg.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials are preferred.

Richard C. Gelo, 82
Richard C. Gelo, 82, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at the River Falls Area Hospital after a long illness.
He was the son of August and Emma Gelo. He was born on Sept. 26, 1915, in Roseville. Later the family moved to River Falls, where he went to school and attended college.
He married Ethel V. Stelter of Hudson. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was also a well-known pool player.
He enjoyed football, fishing and baseball. He worked for the railroad before becoming a service manager for Moody's Chevrolet of River Falls. He later went to work and was retired from Carol Lindquist Oldsmobile of River Falls.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; his parents, August and Emma; three brothers; one sister; and a great-grandchild.
Survivors include: a daughter, Sharon Johnson of Seattle; son, Lynn Gelo of Seattle; daughter, Loreen Ryden of Ellsworth; a son, Randy Gelo; a daughter, Leslie Robey of River Falls; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Saturday, April 18, at Cashman Mortuary with the Rev. Richard Ulvilden officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
The American Legion Post #121 of River Falls held military services at the cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Donald V. Motl, 64
Donald V. Motl, 64, formerly of the River Falls area, died Thursday, April 16, 1998, at the Trempealeau County Care Center in Whitehall.
He was born in Pierce County on July 8, 1933, the son of Vince and Mary (Wencel) Motl. He worked in construction most of his life until becoming ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vince and Mary; and sister, Angeline Motl Hunter.
He is survived by a brother, Bernard and Marilyn Motl; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was at the graveside at St. Marten's Cemetery at Cherma in Pierce County, on Monday, April 20, 1998. Father Edwin Knauf officiated.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Veronica Ovsak, 71
Veronica Ovsak, 71, of New Richmond, formerly of River Falls, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at Fairview-University Hospital in Minneapolis.
She was born April 11, 1927, the daughter of John and Helen (Webb) Lieffering in the town of Eau Galle.
She worked as a nurse's aid, primarily at the St. Croix Health Care Center in New Richmond. She retired from there in 1989. She enjoyed reading, gardening and watching birds.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth; one sister, Rosalie; and one brother, Fredrick.
She is survived by two sons: David and Debra of River Falls, and Daniel and Dawn of River Falls; four daughters: Jeannine Ovsak of Mesa, Ariz., Marian Kittel of Hugo, Minn., Ellen and James DeWolf of River Falls, and LouAnn Boucher of Star Prairie; seven sisters: Sr. Helen Lieffering of Glenwood City, Lucille and Lawrence Bauer of River Falls, Dolores Cornellier of Menomonie, Elizabeth and Ronald Darsie of Coon Rapids, Minn., Annabel Bazille of Woodville, Jean Ovsak of River Falls, and Mary and Sherman Kiekhofer of Emerald; two brothers: John and Cecelia Lieffering of Clear Lake, and Francis and Norieda Lieffering of Ellsworth; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 21, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with Fr. Gerald Harris officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Harold W. Ruckle, 73
Harold W. Ruckle, 73, of River Falls died Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at home following a short battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 2, 1925, in the town of Trimbelle, the son of Francis and Irma (Ranney) Ruckle.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for the River Falls Police Department and then at the UW-River Falls until retiring in 1990.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Wood Carvers Association and the American Legion Post #121.
He married Delores Gustafson on May 6, 1950.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Irma; and one brother, Francis.
Survivors include: his wife, Delores; one son and two daughters: Mark of River Falls, Julie and Bob Ashbaugh of Eau Claire, and Gail Ruckle and Tom Keviatkowski; three grandchildren: Rachel and Krisan Ashbaugh, and Jarek Ruckle Keviatkowski; a brother, Norman and Dorothy Ruckle of Minneapolis.
Funeral was Friday, April 17, at the First Baptist Church in River Falls, with the Rev. Robert Lillo officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.


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