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Delmar Van Galen, age 91, of River Falls, formerly of Waupun, Wis., passed away on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at Comforts of Home in River Falls. There will be a private graveside service in Highland Memory Gardens in Beaver Dam, Wis., at a later date. The Dean and Mary Van Galen family would like to send a sincere thank you to the staff of Comforts of Home and Adoray Home Health & Hospice for the wonderful care given to Delmar. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com .
Ethel Evelyn Miller, age 98, of Lakeland, Minn., died on Saturday morning, Oct. 23, 2010, at River Falls Hospital. She was born the daughter of Rennie and Gertrude (Johnson) Frazier on June 10, 1912, in East Grand Forks, Minn. Ethel married Otto R. Miller and they were blessed with three children, Robert, David and Ruth Ann. Otto preceded her in death in 1968. Ethel was a very self-sufficient and capable woman.
Lucille I. Storm, age 86, of River Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul. She was born the daughter of Carl and Ethel (Smith) Pfeiffer on Oct. 10, 1924, in Madison, Wis. On Dec. 24, 1957, she married Herman R. Storm.
Monica Dusek, age 94, of Florence, Ore., former longtime resident of Ellsworth and River Falls, Wis., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at her home in Florence. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls. Fr. Gerald Harris will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will be in the church cemetery. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mici R. Luedtke, age 52, of River Falls, died suddenly on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at his home. He was born the son of Alfred and Linda (Calhoun) Luedtke on Feb. 12, 1958, in Michigan. Mici worked for the Local #512 Iron Workers Union and valued his membership at Ezekiel Lutheran Church and AA.
Pearl E. Berger, age 89, of River Falls, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at the River Falls Area Hospital. She was born in Fargo, N.D., on August 12, 1921, daughter of Albert and Olga (Olson) Palmer. She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. Pearl was married to Weldon Berger for 44 years until his death in 1985. For 34 of those years they made their home in Ladysmith, Wis., where they raised their family.
Carol L. Wenner, born Dec. 18, 1940, passed away on Oct. 9, 2010. Survived by children: Jim Lauber (Kelly), Huntley, Ill.; Jill Lauber (Jay Herum), Jenny Rivard (Steve), Colleen Jahnke (Nick) and grandchildren, Riley and Reece Jahnke, Jake, Hayden and Brooks Rivard, all of River Falls, Wis. She is also survived by sister Patricia Wenner Reisinger (David) of Colfax, Wis. Further survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Hazel (Johnson) Wenner, and former spouse, John (Jake) Lauber.
Ray John Steves, of River Falls, died at River Falls Area Hospital on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. He was born on August 24, 1931, in Menomonie, Wis., son of Vincent and Rosella (Topdahl) Steves. Ray was reared in Dunn County where he attended the Louisville Grade School. He went on to attend Durand High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In the years following, he farmed with his father on the Steves' homestead. He married Marlene Buss from Menomonie on August 30, 1957.
Ann Marie (Wheeler) Miller, age 46, died on Oct. 7, 2010, at her home in Minneapolis after a four-year struggle with cancer. Born July 22, 1964, in Grand Forks, N.D., Ann graduated from River Falls High School, Wis., was an enthusiastic member of the marching band and was a proud graduate of the University of MN with a BS degree in therapeutic recreation. Survived by her loving husband, Tom; mother, Darlene; father, Larry; brothers, Chris, Matt and John; and her honorary grandchildren, Mason, Ella and Samone. Ann's joy in life was helping people with disabilities.
Robert John McConaughey, age 81, of Hudson, Wis., died on Oct. 6, 2010, at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn. Services for Robert will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. Burial will follow at the Houlton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson as well as 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home - Hudson, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .