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William R. (Bill) Junkman age 91 of River Falls passed away Thursday, Jan. 28. He was born April 28 1918 in Beldenville. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Mabel (Kirschgessner) Junkman; brothers Wayne, Howard and Frederick; and daughter, Mary Jo. He is survived by wife Shirley; children: Ann (Howie) Viita, Sue (Monte) Hansen, William (Deborah) Junkman; brother, Paul; sister, Lois (Guy) Smith; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jacob Michael Braasch, age 24, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Jacob was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 28, 1986, the son of Lester and Terrie (Joy) Braasch. He was a graduate of River Falls High School. Jacob is survived by his parents, Lester and Terrie Braasch, River Falls, Wis.; sisters, Rachel Braasch, River Falls, Sarah Braasch, Paris, France; brother, Aaron Braasch, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; maternal grandparents, June and Ronald Joy, Detroit Lakes; paternal grandmother, Clarice Braasch, Detroit Lakes. Jacob was preceded in death by his grandfather, A.
Dennis M. Rud, age 55, of Beldenville, Wis., died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, as a result of injuries in an automobile accident. Dennis was born August 22, 1954, to Rosie Rud in River Falls, Wis. He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church, rural Baldwin. Dennis attended Baldwin-Woodville Schools graduating with the class of 1973. On Dec. 17, 1977, Dennis married Cindy Ray. Dennis spent a lot of time with his grandparents and was very close to them. After his marriage to Cindy, they farmed with his grandparents for a few years.
Josephine M. Bjerstedt, age 98, of River Falls, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at River Falls Area Hospital. She was born on Sept. 18, 1911, daughter of Clarence and Catherine (Moelter) Hill. Josephine was united in marriage for 50 years to Severd Bjerstedt. She was a patient lady who was known for her cooking. She enjoyed gardening; especially for growing flowers. She loved to travel and took many bus tours throughout the United States. She enjoyed fishing at the cabin.
ST. CROIX FALLS - A gathering to remember Jerry Ackerley, 45, of River Falls, formerly of Frederic, will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Crematorium in St. Croix Falls. Ackerley died Wed., Jan. 20, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He is the son of the late George and Jan Ackerley of Frederic. The family invites the public to join them from 1 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home, located on Hwy. 8. A eulogy will begin at 2 p.m
Morris TeWinkel, age 91, of River Falls, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Kinnic Long Term Care in River Falls. Morris was born at home on a small farm outside of Baldwin, the fourth of nine children. He attended school, farmed and helped his father haul milk through his youth. The family moved to River Falls for his senior year of high school, from where he graduated in 1936. After high school, he worked for his uncle's River Falls store, where he learned his electrical skills. During this time he met, courted, and married Margaret Ward of St. Paul.
Phyllis Linder passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls. She was born Feb. 12, 1918, to Dennis and Nellie (Buckley) Golden of the El Paso Township. She graduated from the Spring Valley High School in 1935, and then the two-year education course from the River Falls Teachers College. Phyllis taught in rural schools in Pierce County for 12 years. Phyllis married Vernon Linder on July 20, 1940, at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in El Paso, Wis. She returned to school and earned a B.S. degree from Wisconsin State University in River Falls and an M.A.
Robert D. "Bob" Sanford, age 80, of River Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. Bob was born on June 10, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minn., and grew up in El Paso, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he received extensive battlefield injuries that he suffered from for most of his life. Despite his challenges in life he worked for Vollrath/Kolpak for 27 years. He was married to Reta Lansing in St.
Vivian Florence Hunter, of rural Roberts, died Jan. 12, 2010, from complications of a stroke. She was born in Isanti County, Minn., on August 16, 1921, the second daughter of Chancy and Florence (Engren) Braem. Within a year or two after her birth, the family left the Isanti farm for Alma, Wis. They moved several more times during Vivian's childhood, going to Morristown, Minn., back to Isanti County, then Minneapolis and St. Paul, as her father pursued work as a storekeeper and factory worker. In St.
John "Jack" Robert Kahut, age 75, of Minong, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., surrounded by his family. Jack was born August 29, 1934, in River Falls, Wis., to the late Joseph and Ethel (Barron) Kahut. Jack was assigned to the U.S. Navy Fleet Service Aircraft Squadron 117, was awarded the National Defense Medal, served from 1952-1955, and was honorably discharged. Jack married Patricia "Patti" Phillips on June 8, 1957, and they enjoyed 52 wonderful years together.