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Aloha Hovde, 82

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Aloha Joan Hovde, age 82, of River Falls, died Friday, August 6, 2010, at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center in River Falls.

Aloha was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Troy Township to Ben and Nelle Hovde. She graduated from River Falls High School and the Wisconsin State College in River Falls. She began her teaching career in Ellsworth; she also taught at Eastern Heights and finished her 43 year career at Carver School in Maplewood.

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She loved to travel; she had been to seven different countries including several trips to Norway. She was interested in the genealogy of her family and national and local politics; a highlight was when John F. Kennedy gave the keynote address in Chicago at the Democratic Convention. She was a crusader for the historic value of the city, many times criticized, but in the end she prevailed.

Aloha was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Nelle Hovde; brothers Carlyle and Milton Hovde; infant sister Shirley Adell Hovde; and sister Geraldine Meier.

She is survived by her brother Sydney (Mildred) Hovde of Mauston, Wis.; sister, Genevieve (Bill) Rugo of River Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls. Memorial visitation will also be on Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

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