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Darlene Ritten, 73

Darlene Bertha Emma Ritten, age 73, of River Falls, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at her home.

She was born in New York Mills, Minn., on April 24, 1936, daughter of Henry and Helen Brasel. Darlene married Gerald J. Ritten on Oct. 29, 1955, in Fargo, N.D. He precedes her in death.

Darlene loved the color red; she also loved Snoopy. She enjoyed going to Curves for Women and then going out for coffee. Spending time at Bill's cabin in Amery on White Ash Lake also brought her pleasure. Darlene enjoyed spending time with her family.

Darlene is survived by her four children, Timothy (Joan) Ritten of Amery, Anthony (Laura) Ritten of Amery, Kathleen (Jerry) Croes of River Falls, and Angela (Gilbert) Nevils of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Joseph (Julica) Vierkandt, William (Melissa) Vierkandt, Andrew Ritten, Michelle Ritten, Nathan (Johanna) Croes, Aaron (fiancée Beth) Croes, Jacob Croes, Jeremy Croes, Jaqueline Hawkins, Gilbert Nevils, and Phillip Nevils; one great-grandchild, Travis Vierkandt; one brother, Norman (Elaine) Brasel; special friend, Bill Enberg; and further survived by many extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; a son, Michael; one brother; and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, River Falls, with Father Gerald Harris officiating. Interment will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday one hour prior to the service at church.

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Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.