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Irene Torkelson, 95, and longtime resident of River Falls, died Wednesday, June 10, at the Kinnic Long Term Care center. Irene was born on Oct. 7, 1913, in Baldwin, to Eddie and Alice (Thompson) Torkelson. After her schooling, Irene did housekeeping for the VandeVredes of River Falls. She took to their family as if it was her own. She loved helping raise the kids and playing all sorts of games with them.
Cornelius John "Connie" TerMaat, 80, of River Falls, died on Wednesday, June 10, 2009. Connie was born in Arpin, to Henry and Bertha TerMaat, but grew up in Sheboygan, with sisters, Hattie, Margaret and Marion. There he developed an abiding love of Lake Michigan lighthouses and tugboats and an interest in the history of the Dutch American community in Wisconsin. Connie taught English at UW-River Falls from 1965 to 1989 including a stint as department chair.
Wise, courageous, dramatic and much-loved, Joany, age 64, died June 9, 2009, after a journey with cancer. Preceded in death by her father, Gordon Shepard, she is survived by her mother, Jeanne Newhall Shepard; sisters: Sybil (John) Eakin and Charlotte (Ward) Johnson; brother, John (Suzanne Brust) Shepard; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as dear friends and neighbors in River Falls. Joany attended Summit School, Villa Maria Academy, Loretto Heights College, and UW-River Falls, where she ranged hungrily through the disciplines. From her spiritual home at St.
Mary Alice Peterson, 83, of River Falls, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2009, at her residence after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on Nov. 17, 1925, in the town of Clifton to William and Anna (Cotter) Kirchner. Mary Alice was united in marriage to LeRoy Peterson in Big River on June 3, 1950. Together they farmed south of River Falls. Mary Alice was a master gardener, spending countless hours with her flowers; she also enjoyed baking desserts. She was very active with St. Bridget Catholic Church. Most of all, Mary Alice enjoyed taking care of her family.
Michael Edward Gavin, 56, of River Falls, died on Thursday afternoon at his home in River Falls. Mike was born on Dec. 23, 1952, in Beloit, to Charles and Marjorie (Ruemmele) Gavin. The family moved from southern Wisconsin to Hudson where Mike grew up and graduated from Hudson High School. It was around this time that Mike met Roxanne Wrobel. The two fell in love and were married on May 15, 1976, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson. This marriage was blessed with two children, Stephanie and Scott.
VeNila G. Fogerty, 85, died June 9, 2009, at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. She was born in Washburn, N.D., on Sept. 12, 1923, the daughter of Benjamin Harris and Ida Mae (Sams) Peterson. In Stillwater, Minn., on Feb. 5, 1944, she married Darwin Fogerty and spent the next 65 years on their farm near Roberts. As her children grew, she was active in 4-H programs and Band Mothers activities.
Laurence "Larry" Fleischauer was born on Aug. 8, 1937, in St. Paul, to Gaylen and Marcella Ryan Fleischauer. He died Feb. 17, 2009, in St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz. Larry began his schooling in St. Paul and continued in sixth grade at Willow Hill School, in the town of Pleasant Valley, in St. Croix County. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1955. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served until 1960. He then attended River Falls State Teachers College for a year. He moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles, Calif., where he lived and worked all of his adult life.
Donald "Doggie" L. Berg died a year ago, June 25, 2008. A committal of his cremated remains, in procession with a New Orleans style jazz band, will take place on June 25, 2009 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, MPLS. All attending should arrive at assembly area #1 by 11:45 a.m. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home, River Falls, Wis., (715)425-5644.
Cornelius John "Connie" TerMaat, age 80, of River Falls died Wednesday, June 10, 2009. Contributions in his honor may be made to the River Falls Public Library. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to http://termaats.blogspot.com . Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Mary Alice Peterson, age 83, of River Falls, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009, at her residence after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church with Father Gerald Harris officiating. Interment in Mann Valley Cemetery, River Falls. Visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the Cashman-Hill Funeral Home and again one hour prior to the mass on Monday at church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com .