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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.
D. Virginia Griffey, 90, passed away at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, after a short illness. She was born to Lawrence and Etta (Hansen) Biller on June 5, 1920, in Glen Flora, Wis., where she grew up and went to school. She graduated from Tony High School and attended what is now known as University of WI-River Falls, where she earned a three-year teaching certificate. Virginia taught third and fourth grade one year in Tony, Wis., before marrying Gordon Griffey of River Falls. They were married on May 28, 1942.
Audrey E. Hanvelt, age 89, of River Falls, formerly of Elmwood, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at The Lutheran Home in River Falls. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Rock Elm United Methodist Church, rural Elmwood, with Rev. Charles DeMaris officiating. Burial will be in the Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm, rural Elmwood. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Rhiel Funeral Home of Elmwood is serving the family.
MaryAnn B. Hansen, 78, of New Richmond, passed away peacefully in her home after a long battle with cancer. She was born to Bennie and Mae Austrum on March 4, 1932, in the Town of Martell, Wis. She attended Valley View Elementary School in Pleasant Valley and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1950. On Jan. 21, 1951, she married Lloyd Finstad, and to this union four children were born. Later, she married Harvey Hansen on Jan. 24, 1970, and they had one child together.
Loris "Sweetie" L. Paulson, age 85, of River Falls, died Jan. 20, 2011, at The Lutheran Home in River Falls after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Sweetie was born on Oct. 2, 1925, in River Falls, to Harry and Myrtle (Ellsworth) Mueller. She was a graduate of River Falls High School. Upon graduation she moved to Chicago and then to Nebraska where she met and married James Paulson in 1956. The young couple moved to Colorado and then to California where they resided for many years.
Walter E. Olien, age 85, of New Richmond, died on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. Walter was born the son of Elmer and Nellie (Brevold) Olien on March 16, 1925, in New Richmond. He attended school in New Richmond before serving his country in the Army during WWII. On June 28, 1947, Walter was married to Mary Elaine O'Connell in New Richmond. Walter was a carpenter, and worked many years for New Richmond Construction.
Harold Jacobson, age 87, of Baldwin, Wis., and formerly of Hammond, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the Baldwin Care Center. Funeral services for Harold Jacobson will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Hammond. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services at the church and from 4-7 p.m. Monday evening, with a 6:30 p.m. Masonic service, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin. Services have been entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, 715-684-3434, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .
Mervin "Mick" Auchampach, age 90, of Red Wing, formerly of Ellsworth, died Jan. 20, 2011, at the Red Wing Health Center. He was born on May 15, 1920, in River Falls, to Lender and Alice (Best) Auchampach. He attended school in River Falls. Mervin married Inez Bernice Gutting on Feb. 3, 1944, in Hastings. They lived in Ellsworth for many years. He worked at the Co-op Creamery in Ellsworth for 38 years, retiring in 1982. In 1984 they moved to Red Wing. Inez died Sept. 15, 1998. He married Elvira Hardy on Jan. 2, 2000. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Marjorie E. Ranum, 91, of Eldon, Mo., died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at her residence. She was born July 7, 1919, in Long Prairie, Minn., to Nicholas Charles and Cecil Leora (Fisher) McColley. On July 17, 1990, she was married to Raleigh Ranum, who has been deceased since March 2, 2002. Mrs. Ranum attended school in Long Prairie.
Roy Traynor, age 84, of Baldwin, formerly of Woodville, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Baldwin Care Center. Funeral service for Roy Traynor will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Burial with full military honors provided by the Woodville American Legion Lost will be in the Sunset Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin and 1 hour prior to service Saturday morning at church. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers and will be used to further Roy's passions in life.