|Jack Agnew, 81
Lt. Col. Jack Agnew, U.S. Army (Ret.), 81 of Harlingen, Texas, formerly
of River Falls, died on Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Harlingen.
He was born on April 1, 1917, in Dunkerton, Iowa. He retired from the
U.S. Army in 1959. He served with Gen. George Patton in Europe during World
War II. He was on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff in Tokyo, also serving
his country during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded numerous medals
including two Bronze Starts and six Air Medals.
He received his bachelor of science degree from UW-River Falls in June
of 1964 and his master of science degree from UW-Stout in Menomonie in
He joined the UW-RF community in September of 1964 as a faculty assistant
in the Department of Agricultural Engineering. In 1965 he was named director
of financial assistance and served in that capacity until he was named
director of general services in 1970. He retired from the university at
the end of June, 1982.
He was a member of the Harlingen Elks Club and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann (Skradski) Agnew.
Graveside services with military honors were held on Monday, July 20,
at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas. The Rev. Frank
J. Horvat, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Kansas City,
A memorial fund is being established in his name at UW-RF. Checks should
be made payable to the UW-RF Foundation and sent to 410 S. Third St., River
Falls, Wis., 54022.
Sean D. Durbin, 29
Sean D. Durbin, 29, of River Falls died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in
He was born Nov. 24, 1968, in Farmington, Minn., the son of John and
Sharon (Smith) Durbin. He was the grandson of Ray and Marge Durbin of Independence,
Iowa, and Fay Smith of Conorsville.
He attended River Falls High School. He was a construction worker and
a member of the Local 132 Laborers' Union. He was also a member of Ezekiel
He is survived by his parents, John and Sharon Durbin of River Falls;
his brothers, Wade Durbin and Donald Rommann of River Falls; his sisters,
Lynne Wathen of Independence, Iowa, and Kristen McCullough of Honolulu,
Hawaii; and one niece and six nephews.
Funeral was Saturday, July 25, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the
Rev. Tinka Bloedow officiating.
Pallbearers were: Wade Durbin, Chip Halverson, Jeff Hines, Don Rommann,
Dean Campbell and Kurt (Shags) Hirsch. Scott Rudd and Jason Damsgaard were
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.
Russell Giere, 74
Russell Giere, 74, of Arbor Vitae, died Friday, July 3, 1998, at his
home after a battle with cancer.
He was born June 4, 1924, in Wheeler, the son of the late Albert and
Mabel Amelia (Lefsted) Giere. He married Shirley Karweik on June 20, 1953.
Albert was the manager of the Equity Elevator in River Falls from the mid
1930s to about 1953.
He graduated from River Falls High School in May of 1942. The following
January he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during World War II
in the South Pacific and the occupation of China.
He was discharged in May of 1946 at Great Lakes with the rank of corporal.
He attended UW-River Falls for 2 years. He then left River Falls and
moved to Milwaukee, working for the Nash Company. He worked on the assembly
line and then in quality inspection.
Prior to his marriage, he started working at General Motors in Milwaukee.
In 1956 he was promoted to order interpreter and reassigned to the Chicago
Several years later he was promoted to supervisor, and the company
relocated to Broadview, Ill. He retired from General Motors after 30 years.
Russ and Shirley moved to the Arbor Vitae area in the summer of 1995,
where he continued his love for gardening, fishing and the great North
He was a member of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church of Minocqua. He had
been baptized on July 6, 1924, and confirmed on Oct. 30, 1938, in River
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three children, Jeffrey R., Brian
D. (Lori), both of Arbor Vitae, and Lynn Vandenorth of Weston; a grandson;
a sister, Irene L. Giere of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Herbert
(and Lulu) Karweik of Cudhahy; four sisters-in-law: Anna Karweik of Waukesha,
Evelyn Pollack of Milwaukee, Clara and George Henry of Arbor Vitae, and
Bernice and Alfred Clauson of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Thursday, July 9, at the chapel of the Campbell Funeral
Home, Woodruff, with the Rev. Walter Geist officiating.
Interment was in Forest Garden Memorial Cemetery in Woodruff.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Dr.
Kate/Lakeland Hospice, Woodruff, WI, 54568-0770.
Gladys E. Young, 81
Gladys E. Young, 81, of Baldwin died Friday, July 24, 1998, at Baldwin
Hospital after she was admitted there Thursday night.
She was born May 5, 1917, in the town of Pleasant Valley in St. Croix
County, the daughter of George and Lena (Johnson) Brathall. She attended
the country school in Pleasant Valley and then went to River Falls High
School where she graduated. She continued her education at a business college
in Minneapolis where she studied bookkeeping.
During her working career she was employed at the Co-op Station. For
many years she was a bookkeeper with the ASCS office in Baldwin, retiring
She married Vernon Young on Feb. 14, 1937, in River Falls.
She was an active and devoted member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church
in Baldwin, working on various committees and making the quilts for which
the ladies circle was noted. She also kept up with her own sewing and knitting
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lena; her brother,
Charles; her sister, Thelma Albertson; and a daughter, Donna Swenson.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon, of 61 years; a sister, Leona
(Carston) Place of River Falls; a son-in-law, Leslie Swenson of Hudson;
grandchildren David and Judi Swenson of Hudson; Julie and Duane Wilcoxson
of River Falls; and great-grandchildren, Diane, Debra and Ashley Wilcoxson.
Funeral was Monday, July 27, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church with the
Rev. Paul Lovestrand officiating. Victoria Lovestrand was the organist
and Dennis Soderberg was vocalist.
Interment was in Baldwin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: LaVern Johnson, David Swenson, Dale Ruosch, Edward
Hanson, Carroll Schneider and Duane Wilcoxson.
Memorials are preferred.
Francis M. DeMulling, 95
Francis M. DeMulling, 95, of Kent, Wash., died Friday, July 17, 1998,
in Bellevue, Wash.
He was born Oct. 10, 1902, in River Falls. He graduated from UW-River
Falls in 1924.
He was a high school principal and a barber by trade. He was preceded
in death by his wife of 58 years, Lenore; and a son, Robert.
He is survived by three sons: Dan DeMulling, Richard DeMulling and
Don DeMulling; a daughter, Denise; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren;
and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was to be Wednesday, July 22. Interment and graveside service
were to be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Kent.
Eleanor Borner Johnson, 89
Eleanor Borner Johnson, 89, died Monday, July 20, 1998 at her home.
She was born Jan. 24, 1909 in River Falls, the daughter of Henry and
Anna Hall Borner. She was baptized and confirmed by Rev. G.A. Bard, and
was a life long member of the River Falls Methodist Church.
She graduated from the River Falls State College and Stout State College
at Menomonie and taught English and music after graduation. She later taught
In 1940 she married Walter M. Johnson of Battle Lake, Minn. who was
an instructor and coach in the Proctor schools. After retirement they lived
in Battle Lake and in Lakeland, Florida until their return to River Falls
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and brother Earl.
She is survived by the Borner, Hall, and Johnson relatives and friends.
Funeral will be Tuesday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church in River Falls. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
Elizabeth "Peg" Pechacek, 73
Elizabeth "Peg" Pechacek, 73, of Ellsworth, died on Saturday, July
18, 1998, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born on Sept. 1, 1924, in South Wales, England, the daughter
of Thomas and Elizabeth Kinsella.
She was raised in Brigend, South Wales, England. During World War II
she met Donald C. Pechacek.
She immigrated to the United States and married Don Pechacek on July
17, 1947, at Niagra Falls, N.Y. She had resided in Ellsworth with her husband
and children the last 51 years.
She was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She always had a song in her heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lena; and two
brothers, Billy and Jimmy.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Pechacek of Ellsworth; her children:
Colleen M. Baker of Minneapolis, Rita L. and Jack Cudd of River Falls,
Tracy Lee Pechacek of Maplewood, Minn., Donna A. and Randy Witthus Pechacek
of Hudson, Donald and Lisa Pechacek, Jr., of River Falls, Maureen and Maynard
Howe Pechacek of San Diego, Timothy Pechacek of Ellsworth, and Angela and
Len McMoorow of Robbinsdale, MN; grandchildren: Tessa, Tina, Brady, Jerod,
Molly, Collin, Jacob, Logan, Kindra, Zachary and Connor; three sisters:
Ellen and Jerry Billeter of Ellsworth, Margaret and Bill Hubber and Kathleen
Davis of Brigend, South Wales, England; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas
George L. Cigan, 44
George L. Cigan, 44, of River Falls and formerly of Chippewa Falls,
died Sunday, Aug. 2, 1998, in River Falls of injuries received in a pedestrian-vehicle
He was born Aug. 26, 1953, in Chippewa Falls, the son of Betty (Baumgardner)
and Peter J. Cigan. He grew up in Chippewa Falls and the town of Anson
where he attended Vance School. He graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior
High School in 1973.
He married Cheryl Henning in Chippewa Falls. He had been employed at
Wissota Badger Sales with his father until 1992. He was then employed as
a trucking company salesman and was most recently employed at Wal-Mart
He was preceded in death by his father, Peter; and a brother-in-law,
He is survived by his mother, Betty, of Chippewa Falls; three sisters:
Marty and Rod Raatz of Cornell, Mary and Bob Denning of Chippewa Falls,
and Marie Yeager of Eau Claire; four brothers: Mike and Linda Cigan, William
and Corrina Cigan, Nick and Jackie Cigan, and Greg Cigan, all of Chippewa
Falls; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 7, at Pederson-Volker Funeral
Chapel, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Robert Hoekstra, chaplain of the
Chippewa Manor Nursing Home, officiating.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, and until the time of the
service Friday at the funeral chapel.
Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
Clara A. Lundgaard, 79
Clara A. Lundgaard, 79, of River Falls and formerly of the Ellsworth
area, died Friday, July 31, 1998, at her home.
She was born Aug. 16, 1918, in Spring Lake, the daughter of Peter S.
Peterson and Johanna (Nielsen) Peterson.
She married Alvin C. Lundgaard on Sept. 25, 1937, in Spring Lake. She
was employed at Smead's Manufacturing in River Falls.
She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Beldenville; the
Our Savior's Ladie's Aid, and the Lonely But Not Alone (LBNA) group at
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; one grandson; and
her sisters and brothers.
She is survived by her sons: Stan and Bev Lundgaard of Sunnyside, Calif.,
David and Maria Lundgaard of Woodland, Calif.; and Wendell Lundgaard of
St. Paul; a daughter, Juleen and Ted Klawiter of Anoka, Minn.; a brother,
Carl and Mabel Peterson of Elmwood; her grandchildren: Sara and Sonja Lundgaard,
Kathy and John Pierce, Mike and Terri Klawiter, Erik, Gina and Justin Lundgaard,
and Amy Lundgaard; and her great-grandchildren: Joshua, Tyler and Alycia
Pierce, and Randy Klawiter.
Funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville,
with the Rev. John Sutherland officiating.
Burial was to be in the North Our Savior's Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary is providing arrangements.
John H. Reinart, 59
John H. Reinart, 59, of River Falls, died Wednesday, July 29, 1998.
He was born Oct. 10, 1938, in Slayton, Minn., the son of John and Mildred
He held several management positions with IBM, First Bank Systems and
the University of Minnesota.
He was serving a term on the Board of Directors for Turningpoint for
Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. He served on the Planning Board for the
town of Troy from 1994-95.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mildred.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Lee Reinart of River Falls; his
daughter, Jane and Dan Savage; his son, John and Sue Reinart; his grandchildren,
Jack and Madelyn Savage and Elizabeth Reinart; his brother, Jay and Susan
Reinart; and several other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 2, at Hillside Memorium Chapel,
Michael J. Fosse, 36
Michael Jerome Fosse, 36, formerly of River Falls, died Tuesday, Aug.
25, 1998, in Comstock.
He was born June 29, 1962, in St. Paul, the son of James A. Fosse,
Sr. and Gertie M. Luepke. He earned his G.E.D. degree in River Falls and
was employed in the construction and trucking businesses.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Susan and Joseph Sack,
and Louis and Helen Fosse.
Survivors include his daughters: Ruby Starr Berning of Ham Lake, Minn.,
and Aimee Dahlman of Menomonie; his parents: Gert and Gary Luepke and Jim
Fosse, Sr. and a special friend, Helen Helgeson, of River Falls; his brothers:
James A. Fosse, Jr. of Lakeville, Minn., Wayne Luepke of River Falls, Tim
Luepke of River Falls, and Bryan Luepke of Atlanta; his sister, Cynthia
S. Rutledge of Osceola; three nieces and one nephew; and many friends and
relatives including his favorite aunt, Carol Fosse, of Silver Bay, Minn.
Funeral was Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with
the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Wayne Luepke, Bill Fosse, Troy Thiele, Tim Luepke,
Tony Fosse, Ray Sack, Larry Freeman and Louie Talbot.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.
Alice M. Klanderman, 76
Alice May Klanderman, 76, of Baldwin died at her home on Friday, Aug.
She was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Minot, N.D., the daughter of Andrew
and Bessie (Ellefson) Ford. She graduated from Minot High School. She attended
Minot State Teacher's College and the School of Nursing in Duluth, Minn.
She married Verne Louis Klanderman on March 10, 1943, in Minot. They
moved to the Baldwin area, where Alice made her home in rural Baldwin,
until moving into the village of Baldwin 14 months ago.
She was employed at the Baldwin Community Hospital for 45 years in
the nursing department as well as being the medical records librarian.
She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Minot and
has been an active member of First Reformed Church in Baldwin since moving
to this area. She was a member of the Ladies Church Guild, the Hospital
Auxiliary and the Happy Valley Homemakers Club.
She once said her hobby was her entire family. She also enjoyed gardening
_ especially flowers, reading and knitting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Bessie; her husband,
Verne, who died Dec. 26, 1987; two brothers: Ray Ford and Everett Ford;
and two sisters: Ina Lou Ford and June Mox.
She is survived by three sons: Robert and Bonnie of Wilson, Roger and
Roz of Thorp, and Richard and Vikki of Hammond; her daughter, Jane Ann
and Jim Mikla of Baldwin; one sister, Clarice Roland of Billings, Mont.;
and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral was Monday, Aug. 31, at the First Reformed Church of Baldwin
with the Rev. Harlan DeJong officiating. Joyce Moe was organist and Kristin
Wellens was soloist.
Interment was in Baldwin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joe Klanderman, Ryan Klanderman, Dustin Klanderman,
Shane Mikla, Tom Hawley and Peter Hawley.
Honorary pallbearers were: Carrie Klanderman, Miranda Mikla, Denise
Klanderman, Renee Klanderman, Colton Mikla, Hannah Ryder and Sara Ryder.
Memorials are preferred.
Agnes H. Simone, 73
Agnes Helen Simone, 73, of River Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998,
at her home.
She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in St. Paul, the daughter of Martin and
Agnes (Lendaway) Krois.
She worked at West Publishing Company from 1968 until her retirement
She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Agnes; a daughter,
Sandra; and brothers: Martin, Jack, Raymond and Lawrence.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen and Greg Moelter of River
Falls; her brother, Leonard and Lenora Krois of Minneapolis; and four grandchildren:
Kami and Tony Reisinger of New Hope, Minn., Brittney Gainey of Fort Worth,
Texas, and Brooke and Hollye Gainey of River Falls.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Cashman Mortuary,
with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating.
Michael D. Erickson, 22
Michael Daniel Erickson, 22, of Prescott died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998,
from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
He was born May 4, 1976, in Hastings, Minn., the son of Daniel and
Kay (Gilles) Erickson. He grew up in Prescott and graduated from Prescott
High School in 1994. He was a senior at UW-Stout in Menomonie.
He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Kay Erickson of Prescott;
two brothers: Ryan and Travis, both of Prescott; his maternal grandparents:
Lyle and Betty Gilles of Plum City; his paternal grandparents: Donald and
Bonnie Erickson of Arkansaw; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives
Funeral was at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
in Prescott with the Rev. Thomas Mannion officiating. Burial was to be
in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be: Eric Hartung, Matthew Hoyt, Aaron Armstrong,
Michael Olson, Shawn Hager and Raphael Ptacek.
Keith A. Ramberg, 42
Keith Alan Ramberg, 42, of River Falls died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998,
at his home.
He was born Oct. 8, 1955, at the River Falls Area Hospital, the son
of Clifford Ramberg and Margaret (Hurtgen) Ramberg.
He was married on Feb. 10, 1997, to Michelle L. Greenwood in River
Falls. They since divorced.
He was employed at NorLake and the Disney Corporation of Florida. He
played in fast pitch softball leagues and was a member of Rush River Lutheran
Church in rural River Falls.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie; and a brother, Rodney.
He is survived by his sons: Clayton, Grant and Rocky Ramberg, all of
Pelham, Ala.; his parents: Clifford and Margaret Ramberg of River Falls;
his sister, Eileen and Thomas Sempf; two nieces and two nephews.
Funeral was Monday, Sept. 21, at Rush River Lutheran Church with the
Rev. John Sutherland officiating.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wayne Ramberg, Brian Ramberg, Stanley Ramberg, Paul
Ramberg, Art Jacobson and Jerry Dumond.
Honorary pallbearers were: Bruce Ramberg and Paul Peterson.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.
Willard Albertson, 83
Willard Albertson, 83, a long-time resident of River Falls, died Saturday,
Sept. 26, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
He was born Aug. 20, 1915, the son of William A. and Anna (Oak) Albertson.
He attended school in Deer Park. On March 31, 1938, he married Thelma M.
After working on several farms, Willard and Thelma moved to River Falls
in 1942, where he worked at the River Falls Creamery. He was employed at
Andersen Windows in Bayport, Minn., where he worked for 25 years until
He spent most of his time working in the cross milling department,
where he was known as an expert for his work on the cross milling saws
known as "Monkey Island." He and Thelma were very proud of his work there.
Willard loved working with wood and could be found most of the time
in his well-equipped shop. He produced many cutting boards, cribs and toy
cabinets. His love of a good piece of wood was renowned. His love for his
children and grandchildren was also a big part of his life.
He was a member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church for most of his life. He
had a great and bountiful life and is joining his wife and best friend
in the hereafter, along with his granddaughter, Abby.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, who died Oct. 7, 1990;
his sisters: Ina Price of Georgia and Emily Adams of California; a brother
Norman Albertson of River Falls; a step-sister, Luella Lund; step-brothers:
Albert, Hank and Lester Landaal; and a treasured granddaughter, Abby Bergeson.
He is survived by three daughters: Myrna and Larry Larrabee of Ellsworth;
Ginger and Dale Bergeson of Colfax; and Cynthia and Fred Grassl of Oldsmar,
Fla.; two sons: Gary and Edna Albertson of Cook, Minn., and Jimmy and Jean
Albertson of River Falls; two special friends who were like daughters to
him: Linda Peterson of Jefferson, Mo., and Judy Doerfler of Webster, Minn.;
a brother, Harris and Eleanor Albertson of Hammond; a half-brother, Alfred
and Ferris Landaal of River Falls; a half-sister, Alice and Richard Young
of Kalispell, Mont.; two step-brothers, Wilbert and Margaret Landaal; three
step-sisters, Minnie Cline, Helen Frederick and Margaret and Marvin Wynveen,
all of Baldwin; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, Sept. 28, at Cashman Mortuary.
Funeral was Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Burial was
in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Alan Larrabee, Jason Larrabee, Bronson Bergeson,
Guy Albertson, Jerry Albertson and Shawn Frandrup.
Honorary pallbearers were: Lori Frandrup, Jodi Caswell, Megan Bergeson,
Abby Bergeson, Debbie Feuerhelm, Jessie Albertson, Tabatha Bergeson and
Amos T. Bakke, 78
Amos Theodore Bakke, 78, of River Falls died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998.
He was born Oct. 8, 1919, in Alberta, Canada, the son of Nettie (Blackmer)
and Alfred Bakke. He will be missed by his wife, Marcella (Aasterud) Bakke.
He married Marcella on Oct. 7, 1943, while on leave from the U.S. Navy.
He spent over 3 years fighting in World War II. After being injured
in battle when his ship, the U.S. Aaron Ward was sunk, he was discharged.
He and Marcella spent many years farming outside of River Falls. In
1960 they left the farm and moved into the city of River Falls working
for Rural Mutual Insurance Co. until his retirement in 1977.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nettie and Alfred; a brother,
Richard; and sisters: Ruby, Glady and Jean; a daughter, JoAnn; and a great-grandson,
He is survived by his wife, Marcella; a sister, Mary Macknee of Oregon;
a brother, Ronald of California; a son, Larry and Rita Bakke; two daughters:
Jeannie and Jerry Solum of River Falls, and Cheryle and Jim Bartosh of
Minog; 11 grandchildren: Lisa and Brenda Bakke, Lora and Tony James, Kris
and Troy Larson, Jennifer and Mark Sveen, Jackie, Joanna and Jamie Bartosh,
Julie and Nick Schmitz, Chantel and Zachary Amos Solum; and four great-grandchildren:
Abby, Dylan, Evan and Josie.
Services were held at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dave Kebshull
officiating. Music was provided by Lee Swenson.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jerry and Zachary Solum, Joel Wondra, Tony James,
Troy Larson, Craig, Jim and Joe Bakke. Honorary pallbearers were Harry
Peskar and Don Rudisell.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.
Patricia A. Gerner, 60
Patricia A. Gerner, 60, of Oshkosh and formerly of River Falls, died
suddenly on Sept. 16, 1998, in Oshkosh.
She was born July 19, 1938, in Fond du Lac, the daughter of Steven
and Elizabeth Masarik. She married Kenneth C. Gerner on Oct. 27, 1979,
in Fond du Lac.
She had lived in River Falls from 1986-1995. She was self-employed,
doing alterations out of her home and then getting into the crafting field
making clothes for Barbie dolls. Later she was known in the area for the
beautiful American Girl doll clothing she made.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter, Laura Lynn Williams
of River Falls; her step-daughter, Kathy Gerner of Oakfield; her parents,
Steven and Elizabeth Masarik of Fond du Lac; seven brothers: David and
Joseph Masarik of Fond du Lac, Michael Masarik of Ripon, James Masarik
of Maui, Hawaii, Dennis Masarik of Chicago, Jerome Masarik of Fond du Lac,
Tom Masarik of Milwaukee; one sister, Betty Hanke of Lombard, Ill.; and
two very special grandchildren: Kailey and Jag Williams of River Falls.
Funeral was Sept. 21 in Fond du Lac, with the Rev. John O'Brien officiating.
Cremation of her remains has taken place.