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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.
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 .