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Wayne Richard Peterson, age 80, of Hudson and formerly of River Falls, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2010, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Private interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory have been entrusted with his services, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .
Edward John Fiedler, age 62, of Prescott, Wis., died Monday, August 2, 2010, at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., surrounded by his loving family. Edward was born on August 30, 1947, in River Falls, Wis., the son of Harvey and Joy (Timmerman) Fiedler. He was a graduate of Prescott High School. Edward married Paula Rohl on Sept. 2, 1972, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, in River Falls. Together they farmed in the town of Clifton and raised their family. Edward was an avid snowmobiler, collector of International toy tractors, and was a Packer and Brewers fan.
Toddy Deiss, age 53, was born Oct. 24, 1956, at Fort Lee, Va. She lived in Osceola, Wis., and graduated from Osceola High School in 1975. Toddy left our presence to be with the Lord on Friday, July 30, 2010. Toddy was the dear wife to Terry Deiss; loving mother to Myles and Ethan Deiss and Thia (Joseph) Rewolinski; grandmother to granddaughter Lillie Rewolinski; dear daughter to Don and Cathy Kissler; sister of Dennis (Julie) Kissler and Mary (Scott) Grott. Toddy worked as a master barber for 30 years at Larry's Hair Den and cherished her patrons as special friends.
Ardith M. Christenson, age 87, of River Falls, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at River Falls Area Hospital. She was born on Dec. 25, 1922, (the Christmas Angel), in Cumberland, Wis., daughter of Roy and Blanche (Westgate) Smith. Ardith graduated from New Richmond High School. She received a teaching degree from River Falls Normal School and taught in Star Prairie. She married Levern Christenson in 1944. They lived in Florida while Levern was stationed in Tampa Bay during WWII. They later moved back to rural River Falls and farmed until 1958. The family then moved to Ellsworth.
Richard William Schommer Sr., age 81, died peacefully at his home in Ellsworth on July 28, 2010, surrounded by family. Visitation for friends and family will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, July 30, at St. Mary's Big River Church in Oak Grove, Township. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. with Fr. Bill Matzek officiating. Interment will be in the church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials for St. Mary's building fund are preferred. Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.
Margaret Therese "Peggy" Kennealy (Noonan), age 81, of River Falls, and formerly of St. Paul, died on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at her residence of three years, Comforts of Home in Hudson. She was born the daughter of Earl J. and Eleanor M. (Hogan) Noonan on Nov. 28, 1928, in St. Paul. Peggy went to grade school at Nativity, graduated from Derham Hall High School, attended St. Catherine University and earned an associate degree from the University of Minnesota. Her father worked for Northern Pacific Railroad. Peggy loved traveling by train with her mother and grandmother.
Robert "Bob" Christ Christensen, 82, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care-All Saints. Bob was born in Racine on July 9, 1928, the son of Christ and Dora (nee Jensen) Christensen. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On Oct. 10, 1953, he was united in marriage to Phyllis L. Zierke at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bob was employed at Racine Wood Products until starting his own business, Christensen Woodwork, Inc. in 1971. He was an active member of Fifth Street Yacht Club and past Commodore.
Toni L. (Andrea) Gedatus, age 48, of River Falls, loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 25, 2010, at home. She was born Feb. 25, 1962, in River Falls, daughter of Charles and Dixie (O'Donnell) Andrea. Toni and her husband Dan were united in marriage on August 15, 1981. Toni had a kind heart and she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed scrapbooking and reading books. She especially enjoyed her breakfast dates with her husband Dan.
Vel Nelson passed away peacefully Saturday, July 24, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls at the age of 97. She was born Velva Inez Melgard on Jan. 10, 1913, in Barron, Wis., to Eilert and Mayme (Zimdars) Melgard. At a very young age, Vel moved with her family to River Falls where her father founded Melgard Monument Company. On Sept. 13, 1931, she married Fordyce (Fordy) Nelson.
James "Gene" E. Clay, age 82, of River Falls, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Comforts of Home, River Falls. Gene was born on Sept. 6, 1927 in Snappsburg, Minn., the son of Cecil and Mary (Hessmen) Clay. He served in the United State Air Force, and on August 30, 1947, he married Petra Pulido. Petra died in June 1997.