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Donna Marie Hauser, age 77, of Hammond, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul following complications of a heart attack. Donna was born on March 28, 1933, in Duluth, Minn., the daughter of Anton and Doria (Dufault) Elbinger. She was raised in Crookston where she attended a country grade school. She would meet an aspiring young man, Donald Paul Hauser. The two would be united in marriage on June 28, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Crookston. This union would be further blessed with five children: Wayne, MaryAnn, Alan, Richard, and Sharon.
George A. Jackson Jr., age 87, of River Falls, died on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls. George was born the son of George and Anna (Fernett) Jackson on Nov. 2, 1922, in St. Paul, Minn. He is a graduate of St. Paul Washington High School, attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from Northwestern TV & Electronic Institute.
Joyce E. Donegan, nee Sands, 88, of Cranbury, passed peacefully into God's loving arms Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at her daughter Peggy's house in Cranbury, N.J., from heart failure. Born in Hibbing, Minn., and raised in Duluth, Minn., Mrs. Donegan, formerly Joyce Horner until she remarried and became Joyce Donegan, graduated from Duluth Central High School and attended her high school reunions for 62 years. She was devoted to her family and was a very proud grandmother and great-grandmother.
Jack Edward Jenkins, age 25, of River Falls, died on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. He was born the son of Todd and Lois (Halverson) Jenkins on August 16, 1985, in River Falls. Jack graduated from the River Falls High School with the class of 2004. Jack had a zest for life and was full of surprises. He had a big heart and always seemed able to pick up a friend in need with his contagious smile.
Duane E. Weiss, age 69, of River Falls, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul. He was born in River Falls on Jan. 14, 1941, son of Howard and Mildred (Matzek) Weiss. Duane graduated from Baldwin High School. Duane owned and operated Duane's Café on Main for many years. He enjoyed spending time showing horses and loved to dance. He always had a funny joke and was a great storyteller. He loved listening to old time music, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Leonard L. Beskar, age 75, of Prescott, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at The Lutheran Home, River Falls, Wis. Leonard was born on Oct. 25, 1934, in River Falls, the son of Leo and Mildred (Maier) Beskar. Leonard's mother, Mildred, passed away at a very young age and his father later married Leona Buberl, who raised the family. He married Judith Kemp at St. Lukes Church in St. Paul, on August 13, 1960. To this union seven children were born. Leonard farmed in the Big River area until 1992, when he and Judy moved to Prescott. Leonard enjoyed playing baseball, softball, bowling and farming.
Kermit L. Garlid, age 81, of Seattle, Wash., died after a long illness on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. A former professor of engineering and university administrator, Dr. Garlid was born on May 10, 1929, in Ellsworth, Wis., to Emil P. and Inga O. Garlid. He spent his childhood in the Ellsworth/River Falls area and attended a one room elementary school at Morton Corner. Following graduation from Ellsworth High School, he earned a BS with honors from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a BChE with high distinction and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Richard D. Thompson, age 64, of Prescott, passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at his home in Prescott. He was born on April 26, 1946, in Brookings, S.D., son of Thomas and Maxine (O'Brien) Thompson. Dick married Dee Kramer in Minneapolis on May 21, 1983. He graduated from Brown Institute and was an electrical technician. He became known as "Radio Dick" for his love of restoring old radios. Dick had a witty sense of humor and had a great story for every occasion. He had a huge love of life and would lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
Marie (Agnes) Anderson, age 89, of Lyngblomsten Care Center of St. Paul, Minn., died on Sept 28, 2010. Resident of River Falls from 1989-2003. Former Green Thumb employee of Turning Point. Preceded in death by husband, Frank. Survived by daughter, Debra, and son-in-law, Bruce Thayer, of St. Paul. Morris Nilsen Chapel, 612-869-3226, www.morrisnilsen.com .
Marcella D. Hildebrandt, age 84, of Hudson, Wis., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at the Christian Community Home, Hudson. Marcella was born on July 4, 1926, in River Falls, Wis., the daughter of Harry and Minnie (Dravis) Edgar. She attended Angel Hill School and was a graduate of River Falls High School. She married Dale Hildebrandt on March 12, 1945.