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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.
Eugene "Gene" Kaiser, age 82, of Hammond, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Golden Living Healthcare Center in Stillwater. Gene was born on May 3, 1928, in Chippewa Falls, the son of Harold and Ruth (Hauptman) Kaiser. He was raised in Chippewa Falls where he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the Armed Forces where he proudly served in the United States Army. He served in peacetime in Guam. On Dec. 27, 1951, he was united in marriage to Jo Ann Marie Gunderman at the rectory in Bloomer.
Penelope "Penny" Ann (nee Dunn) Rohl, age 62, of Ellsworth, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer. Penny was born on Nov. 18, 1947, to Stuart and Gert (Gense) Dunn. She was a 1965 graduate of Ellsworth High School. Penny married Dick Rohl on Sept. 26, 1970. Together they raised their family and farmed. For 16 years she drove school bus for Ellsworth schools and she loved her job. Penny loved farming with her family and spending time with her grandkids. She was a lifelong member of St.
Mabel Flo, age 87, of Ellsworth, Wis., passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 25, 2010. She died of heart failure in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Minneapolis after being under hospice care for only three days. Funeral services for Mabel will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Hill Funeral Home Ellsworth. For online condolences, go to www.hillfuneralservice.com .
Helen R. Reis-Morseth, age 98, of River Falls, Wis., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Kinnic Long Term Care, River Falls. She was born on August 20, 1912, in the town of River Falls, Pierce County, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Antonia (Peters) Pechacek. Helen married Walter G. Reis at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Cherma, (rural River Falls) on Oct. 14, 1935. Walter passed away on Dec. 6, 1945. She later married Edwin Morseth on March 19, 1966. He died in October of 1970. Helen raised her family and worked at various jobs throughout her life. She was currently a member of St.
Daniel Allen Morrow died unexpectedly of sudden coronary arrest at the family farm in River Falls on Friday afternoon, Sept.17, 2010. He was 50 years old. Dan was born at the River Falls City Hospital on Oct. 22, 1959, and graduated from River Falls High School in 1977. Dan lived in the River Falls area his whole life and became known as the guy who could fix anything. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, hiking and raising/harvesting ginseng and was an avid collector of Paleo-Indian artifacts, some of which are displayed at the Science Museum of Minnesota.