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Willa J. Anderson, age 85, of Stockholm, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 16, 2010, after a short struggle with cancer at the Pepin Manor, where she had been a resident for a few weeks. She was born Sept. 13, 1924, in Rock Elm, Wis., the daughter of Claude and Ina Lou (Betterly) Burgess. Willa graduated from Ellsworth High School and worked at the St. Paul Hotel, Montgomery Wards, and Northwest Airlines as a grease monkey, parts runner and riveter.
Judith A. Ott, age 65, of Calumet/Nevis, Minn., and formerly of River Falls, Wis., died on May 15, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Donald D. Mueller, age 81, of River Falls, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his residence. He was born in River Falls on Jan. 19, 1929, son of Harry and Myrtle (Ellsworth) Mueller. Don married the love of his life, Gloria P. Levin, on March 26, 1955. To this union, three daughters were born: Holly, Heidi and Lori. Don was born on the family farm in Kinnickinnic Township. Don bought the family farm from his dad in 1965 and remained there until the time of his death. He was a professed farmer and operated a Grade A dairy farm and also raised beef and hogs.
Delmore J. (Del) Anderson, 82, of River Falls, Wis., Jan. 1, 1928 - May 13, 2010. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Marilyn; children, David (Michelle) Anderson, Christine (John) Manthey, Susan Anderson, Elizabeth Hilton, Joan (Brian) Tytor; former wife, Bernice Anderson, mother of the children; and brother, Donald (Pat) Anderson of Sonora, Calif. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Karen, emigrants from Sweden and Norway; sister, Vivian; brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd and Robert. Del was born and raised in South Minneapolis.
Helen Marie Wiger, age 93, of River Falls, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Helen was born on Nov. 27, 1916, in Preston, Minn., the daughter of Charles and Ellen (Carlson) Christiansen. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in music education. She began teaching in Waupan, Wis. at the age of 19, also teaching in Glenwood City, Wis., and River Falls.
Lee Stanton Atkins, 77, Superior, died April 26, 2010, in a vehicle accident. Born in Wauwatosa, Atkins lived most of his life in River Falls. He entered the U.S. Navy at age 19 and fought in the Korean War. Atkins owned a farm in rural River Falls most of his life then after retiring, spent summers in Superior, Wis., and winters in Siloam Springs, Ark. Loved ones laid Atkins to rest May 7 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Online condolences may be offered at www.swedberg-taylor.com .
Esther W. Von Haden, age 77, of River Falls, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at her home. She was born the daughter of Alfred and Almeda (Eid) Blegen on Sept. 15, 1932, in Gilman Township, Wis. On Oct. 17, 1964, Esther married Marvin Von Haden. In 1968, the couple started and established the Viking Inn in Viroqua, Wis. Esther worked in food service most of her life including employment at River Falls High School and River Falls Hospital. Her work ethic was unmatched. To her sons, she was a good role model, showing them a good heart, hard work and tough love.
Emory G. Wrobel, 84, of Eau Claire, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. He was born in Gilmanton on Jan. 8, 1926, a son of Albert and Margaret (Schultz) Wrobel. He married Virgil M. Swanson on March 22, 1952, at East Bennet Valley Church. Emory served in the U.S. Army from 1950 until his honorable discharge in 1952. Emory worked for Hamm's Brewery for over forty years as a filling machine operator. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church since 1991.
Dorothy May Hanson, age 83, of River Falls, Wis., passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Kinnic Long Term Care. She was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Lakota, N.D., daughter of James and Eva (Simons) Fahey. Dorothy married Rudolph Hanson on Feb. 1, 1950. In her younger years, she spent her time tending to her gardens; she especially loved her flowers. Rudy and Dorothy had traveled to Hawaii to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary and since that time Dorothy had traveled all over the U.S., taking her grandchildren with her to visit other family members.
Evelyn Carstens, 92, of Columbus, Neb., formerly of Mitchell, S.D., and nine-year resident of River Falls, Wis., died Friday, May 7, 2010 at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Zion Lutheran Church, Mitchell, S.D. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.