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Leon H. Elden, age 94, of Clear Lake, Wis., passed away on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at the Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Amery, Wis. Leon Herman Elden was born on Oct. 20, 1916, in Amery, the son of Odin and Jennie (Johnson) Elden. He grew up in the Amery area and graduated from Amery High School in 1935. After graduation, Leon worked as an auto mechanic, drove truck for Polk County, and hauled milk, before he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. He served in the European Theatre during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945. Leon was married to Leona M.
Ardith B. Ottman, age 91, of Beldenville, Wis., passed away on Dec. 10, 2010, at the Red Wing Health Center. Ardith was born on April 14, 1919, the youngest of 11 children born to Edward and Jorgina (Kolstad) Larson in Thief River Falls, Minn. She married Herbert S. Ottman on Jan. 24, 1938, in Red Wing, Minn. Herbert preceded her in death on May 13, 2007. The couple first met at Proch's Ballroom in Ellsworth, Wis. Ardith and her husband lived and worked on the family farm in Beldenville until the late 1940s when they quit farming and ran the Beldenville Tavern together.
Kenneth E. "Ken" Swanson of Troy Township, Wis., passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 11, 2010. Survived by loving wife of 30 years, Cheryl Swanson (Garrison); daughter, Rachael, and son, Jake; mother, Jean Swanson (Ashbach); and brothers, Roger and Bruce. Preceded in death by father, Russell. Ken was born Aug. 28, 1952, was raised in Roseville, Minn., and graduated from Frank Kellogg High School. He owned Plainview Stables. A memorial gathering will be held from 5-8 p.m., with a service of remembrance at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec.
Hazel Westerback, age 95, died on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Comforts of Home in River Falls. All her life Hazel was known as "a dancer". She began by doing the Charleston, then learned dance after dance. She met her husband, Ernie, when they were both members of a dance club. They won a few contests and went on dancing beautifully together until they were way into their 80s. She also played piano, grew flowers, taught elementary school, and kept a beautiful home.
James P. Gillis, age 76, of Hammond, joined his son Michael on Dec. 10, 2010. Jim was born the son of C. Gust and Elizabeth Ann (Hawkins) Gillis on April 22, 1934, at home on the farm at Woodville, Wis. He graduated from high school in 1951 and began farming with his father, Gust, and brother Bill. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, returning from service in 1954. On May 26, 1956, he married Ila Smith in Glenwood City, Wis.
Julia Caroline Barbey, infant, died peacefully in her mother's arms on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Hudson Hospital of thanatophoric dysplasia.
Vycella Marie Waxon, 93, of Hudson, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, Wis. She was born Sept. 4, 1917, in Pierce County, the daughter of Wallace and Lura (Aldrich) Smith. She was a direct descendant of Dr. Philip Aldrich (1792-1858), who was Hudson's first postmaster from 1848-1851. Vycella graduated from River Falls High School in 1933. On June 16, 1938, she married Glenn Waxon at Trinity Lutheran Church. Church activities were an important part of her life as well as enjoying the Women's Club, Homemakers Club, and Nifty Neighbors.
Wayne J. Haushalter, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, from complications following surgery. He was born in Chicago on May 9, 1936, to Allen and Evelyn Haushalter. Wayne graduated from Hudson High School in 1954. Wayne received a Bachelor of Science in history and English from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1958. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1958-1961 stationed in Arlington, Va., and Chitose, Japan. In 1966 Wayne graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in sociology.
Marilyn K. Klingensmith, 70, of Ellsworth, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at the Kinnic Long Term Care, River Falls, Wis. Marilyn was born on Jan. 26, 1940, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Melvin and Elva (Schardin) Bottolfson. She married LaVerne R. Klingensmith on May 9, 1959, and renewed their marriage on Feb. 18, 1983. Marilyn worked for many years at Hiawatha Bank, Hager City, and later in her retirement kept busy with various odd jobs in the community. She was an active member of Zion Covenant Church and Ellsworth Senior Center.
Lee R. Nopola, 63, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., passed away on Nov. 16, 2010, in Biwabik, Minn. In 1975, he married Martha "Marti" Richardson, a lifelong resident of River Falls. A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, (program at 2 p.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the BEST Foundation supporting education.