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Michael A. Aus, 58, of Fountain City, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at his home after a two-year battle with lymphoma. Mike was born on Feb. 18, 1951, in Amery, to Thomas and Jean Aus. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1969. On Nov. 3, 1973, Mike married Mary Sutter. He put himself through college working at the Andersen Corporation in Bayport, Minn. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in math and accounting from the UW-River Falls. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
Mildred Daphine Larrabee, 92, of Ellsworth and formerly of River Falls, died on Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the Ellsworth Care Center. Mildred was born on Sept. 24, 1916, in Webster City, Iowa, the daughter of George and Hallie (Arbogast) Briles. She married Willard Larrabee on June 14, 1936. Mildred was a 32-year employee of Smead Mfg. in River Falls. Mildred loved spoiling her grandkids who were the center of her life.
Lawrence W. Jones, 94, of River Falls and formerly of Berkley, Mich., died Friday, July 31, 2009, at Comforts of Home in River Falls. He was born on May 2, 1915, in Pulaski, Ky., to Richard and Lucinda (Thompson) Jones. Lawrence served the community of Berkley for over 40 years and retired from the Sealtest Corporation in 1979. In 1995, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna (Trivett) Jones. Lawrence was a beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Margaret J. Hudson, 95, of West St. Paul, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2009, at River Falls Area Hospital. She was born in Wabasha, Minn., on Oct. 26, 1913, to Joseph and Anna (Schuth) Koch. Margaret married Don Hudson in Wabasha on Jan. 16, 1940, at St. Felix Catholic Church. Margaret enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening in her early years and especially cooking. She also was an avid card and Scrabble player, and also enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Dr. James David "Jim" Groves, 79, died unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2009 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Jim was born on Dec. 8, 1929, in Columbia, S.C., the son of Clyde H. and Estelle (Boulware) Groves. With his dad being in the Navy, he attended various elementary schools prior to graduating from Kitsap High School in Bremerton, Wash. Jim lived by the rule of: Education, education, education. He furthered his education at Washington State University in Pullman. He continued his education by receiving his master's degree from the University of Minnesota and then his Ph.D.
Michael A. Aus, 58, of Fountain City, 1969 River Falls High School graduate, died August 4, 2009 at his home after a two year battle with lymphoma. A private family celebration of Mike's life will be held at a later date.
Joan Margaret Dillon, 83, of River Falls, formerly of St. Paul, died peacefully surrounded by her children Wednesday, July 30, 2009, at her residence following a short illness with cancer. Joan was born on Nov. 8, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Thomas and Juel (Hartigan) DuBoe. Being raised in St. Paul, she attended Nativity Parochial School prior to graduating from Visitation High School. She furthered her education at St. Catherine's College with a degree in political science. In 1949, she was united in marriage to Joseph E. Dillon (former mayor of St.
H. James Pratt, age 81 of River Falls, died Monday, August 3, 2009 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Memorial service Friday, August 21 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in River Falls. Memorial visitation also Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Lawrence W. Jones, age 94 of River Falls, formerly of Berkley, Mich., died Friday, July 31, 2009 at Comforts of Home in River Falls. Visitation was held Sunday, August 2, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls. Funeral services Thursday, August 6 in the Detroit, Michigan area and interment Friday, August 7 at Roseland Park Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the River Falls Food Shelf or Adoray Home Care & Hospice.
Margaret J. Hudson, age 95, of West St. Paul, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at River Falls Area Hospital. Memorial service 11 a.m. Monday, August 10 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1154 Seminole Ave., West St. Paul. Interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorial gathering will be one hour prior the service at church on Monday. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com . Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.