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Margaret Mae Osen, age 93, of Roberts, formerly of River Falls, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at American Heritage Care Center. She was born April 8, 1917, in Platteville, Wis., daughter of William and Grace (Derr) Owens. Margaret graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1935. She married Clarence Osen on July 10, 1943; he preceded her in death on April 13, 1999. Margaret will be fondly remembered for her passion for sewing, quilting, embroidery, crocheting, crazy patchwork, gardening, and spoon painting, along with playing cribbage and fishing for sunnies.
Cally Jo Miller, age 36, of River Falls, Wis., died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in River Falls. She was born Jan. 21, 1974, in Cumberland. She was raised and attended school in Prairie Farm where she graduated in 1992. She was employed with LTCG where she worked with the disabled and was also a massage therapist. Cally loved animals, especially her cat Nala. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was a very loving and caring person.
Frederick W. Riehle, formerly of River Falls, died Monday, April 19, 2009 at Caring Bridge of Eagan, Minn., following a short illness. He was 91. Fred and his late wife Bernadette (1993) were familiar to many as long-time owners of the River Falls Motel and members of St. Bridget Catholic Church. Fred later worked a repairman at Lund's Hardware, and volunteered at River Falls Public Library and local schools.
Royce Frederick Baar died of the esophageal cancer at 3:30 a.m. on April 19, 2010, at the age of 56 at the Minneapolis VA hospital. Royce has many accidents in his lifetime that could have been fatal, but over and over again he survived.
Mary Jane Jessie Muckenhirn was born Feb. 20, 1920, in North Hudson, Wis., to Inga Peterson Muckenhirn and Michael Leo Muckenhirn. She had three older siblings, Leona, Virgil and Virginia, and two younger siblings, Jeanette and Lester. Surviving are four children: Mary Ann Anderson and husband, Orin, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Judy Tostrud and husband, Jim, of River Falls, Wis.; Karen Turnbull and husband, John, of Boulder, Colo.; and Don Evenson of North Hudson.
Marilyn Ruth Campbell, age 82, of River Falls, Wis., died peacefully on Friday, April 16, 2010, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Marilyn was born on July 1, 1927, in Fillmore County, Minn., the daughter of Elmer and Della (Kidd) Nelson. She married David Campbell in 1950 in the Fillmore Church. Marilyn taught in elementary education throughout her career; her last teaching position prior to retirement was in Tuba City, Ariz.
Clifford P. Swanson Jr., a wonderful father and loving husband, passed away April 17, 2010. Cliff was born to Ruth and Clifford Swanson Sr. on Dec. 30, 1930, in Hastings, Minn. Cliff was raised a farmer, which anyone who knew him, understood that animals and farms were his passion. He was raised in a loving home with two brothers, James and Charles, and five sisters, Lucille, Lois, Carol, Janet (precedes Cliff in death) and Roberta. Cliff met his wife Clarissa (Snook) Swanson at Hastings High School where he graduated, and they were married on Feb. 23, 1952.
Michael Gillis, age 51, of Hammond, died Saturday, April 10, 2010, as full of life as he always was, until his great heart gave out suddenly. Mike was born April 19, 1958, in New Richmond, Wis., to Jim and Ila Gillis of Woodville, Wis. He lived his life in Woodville and Hammond but enjoyed a world of experiences through the military in Seattle and Turkey.
John E. "Jack" Ortwerth, age 80, of River Falls, formerly of Ellsworth, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010, at River Falls Area Hospital. A Memorial Mass for John will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth with Father Roy Witucki officiating. Interment will be in Clayfield Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hillfuneralservice.com . Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.
Donald W. Larson, age 93, of River Falls, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls. He was born in Minneapolis on Dec. 3, 1916, son of Hulda (Edner) and Mathew Larson. He served five years in the Army, including four years in the South Pacific during World War II. Don and Ceil were married in March of 1946. Don's wife and family were always his greatest joy and came first in his life. His faith and church life were central to whom he was and values by which he lived his life. Banking was Don's passion.