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Fred W. Filkins, 98, of Prescott, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Fred was born on Oct. 24, 1912, in Clifton Township, Pierce County, Wis., to Daniel and Christine (Bristol) Filkins. He married Viola Hamman on Dec. 19, 1936, in St. Paul. Fred farmed in the township of Clifton most of his life and drove truck and hauled corn until he was 90.
Marvin Joseph Ottman, age 88, of River Falls, formerly of Ellsworth, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Our House Senior Living, River Falls. Services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services at 4 p.m. To send an online condolence to the family go to www.hillfuneralservice.com . Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.
Emma Marie Krause, age 87, passed away peacefully on Feb. 9, 2011, at the Prescott Nursing & Rehabilitation Community, Prescott, Wis. She was surrounded by her loving family and the devoted nursing home staff. Emma was born Dec. 17, 1923, to Lester and Myrtle (Clark) Phillips at her family home in East Lansing, Mich. As the middle daughter, Emma shared her home with older sister June (Fenner) and younger sister Nancy (Helms). Em, as she was known in her childhood, spent her early life in the city and on her grandparents' farm.
Constance Mae "Connie" (Kelly) Cudd, age 82, born Feb. 4, 1929, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2011, at the Kinnic Long Term Care nursing home. She was surrounded by her loving family. Born to Francis and Hazel Kelly, she was a lifetime resident of River Falls. She graduated from River Falls High School in 1947 and was united in marriage to the love of her life, Herbert Cudd, on Oct. 18, 1947. Together they were blessed with two children, Charles and Cheryl (Brenna). The most important thing in her life was the deep love she had for her husband and her family.
Peggy Lashley, age 68, of Beldenville, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in River Falls, Wis. She was born on Dec. 25, 1942, to Vernon and Ester Peterson in Baldwin, Wis. She attended the Roberts Public School and St. Croix Central in Hammond, Wis., where she graduated. Peggy worked for Smeads for 30 years, retiring in 2000. She was also a business owner in River Falls for 12 years. Peggy loved riding motorcycles, gardening, and being outside. She enjoyed walking her dogs and spending time with family and friends. Peggy had a big heart and was always helping someone.
Stanley C. Miller, age 90, of Roberts, Wis., and formerly of Afton, Minn., went to his heavenly home on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, 880 Neal Ave. S., Afton. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services at the church, and also from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, Wis.
Sterling Leighton Boatman passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Red Wing, Minn. He was born on Nov. 18, 1949, to Harold and Vera Boatman in Red Wing. Sterling graduated from Ellsworth High School and attended University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Hollyce Falde, age 83, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the Spring Valley Health Care Center. Memorial services for Hollyce will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is handling arrangements.
Duane Kuschel, age 70, of Roberts, Wis., died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at the Hudson Hospital. Duane was born May 27, 1940, in Prescott, Wis., to parents Clarence Joseph and Maie Laura (Mausolf) Kuschel. Duane attended Prescott High School. On Jan. 30, 1960, Duane would be united in marriage to Janice LaVon Anderson. Together, Duane and Jan would be blessed with three daughters and over 50 years of marriage. Duane owned and operated Roberts Decorating, where he was known throughout St. Croix and Pierce Counties as the guy to call for painting and wallpapering jobs.
Donna M. Peck, age 85, a longtime resident of Hammond, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at the American Heritage Care Center where she lived since 2003. She was born the daughter of Alfred and Rose (Boesel) Ecker on Feb. 11, 1925, in Baldwin. Donna graduated from Hammond High School in 1944 and on Aug. 3, 1945, she married George Peck at the North Rush River Church. George and Donna liked to visit relatives in the area and in South Dakota and Milwaukee. She spent many years babysitting for people and always remembered a birthday for her relatives with a card in the mail.