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James Davis Rupert, age 77, of River Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Region's Hospital in St. Paul following an apparent stroke. James was born on Sept. 17, 1932, in River Falls, to George and Lillian Rupert. He graduated from River Falls High School and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted in the armed forces where he proudly served in the United States Army from 1957 until 1959. On June 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to Alberta L. Luke at St. John's Episcopal Church in Eveleth, Minn.
Robert "Bob" D. Larson died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the age of 73 after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis. After serving for 24 years as the executive director of Kinnic Falls Halfway House, Bob enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Delores. He also enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine and Kenneth; sister, Bonnie (Larson) Murray; son, Daniel; and granddaughter, Charity.
Darlene Bertha Emma Ritten, age 73, of River Falls, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at her home. She was born in New York Mills, Minn., on April 24, 1936, daughter of Henry and Helen Brasel. Darlene married Gerald J. Ritten on Oct. 29, 1955, in Fargo, N.D. He precedes her in death. Darlene loved the color red; she also loved Snoopy. She enjoyed going to Curves for Women and then going out for coffee. Spending time at Bill's cabin in Amery on White Ash Lake also brought her pleasure.
Robert "Bob" Baldwin, a former River Falls businessman, died Nov. 15 in Chicago at the age of 62. Baldwin and his wife, Marilynne Felderman, started MFB Corporation in River Falls in the early 1980s. He wrote subscription management and billing software for weekly newspapers.
Judi Schmitt, age 62, of North Hudson, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 4, at the Hudson Hospital emergency room following an apparent heart attack. Mass Of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 8 p.m. at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and one hour prior to the mass at church on Wednesday. Memorials preferred.
Robert James Baldwin, a former River Falls resident, died November 15, 2009. Bob was born in Munich, Germany, in 1947, to then-Major James Baldwin and former-Red Cross and United Nations Relief Agency worker Margaret Albright. As the child of a military officer, Bob lived and went to school in several states; lengthier postings were in the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas. Bob attended St. Bridget's Parish School for his 4th and 5th grades. His family was living in River Falls while Lieutenant Colonel Baldwin was stationed in South Korea.
John Thomas Hyland, age 92, of River Falls, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the River Falls Area Hospital. He was born in Rockford, Ill., on March 28, 1917, son of T. Samuel and Mary A. (Behling) Hyland. John married Marjorie Lewis on March 25, 1939, in Belvidere, Ill., at Immanuel Lutheran Church. John is survived by his two sons, John L. (Joan) Hyland of River Falls and Samuel Hyland of Rock Falls, Ill.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Veronica "Bonnie" Kusilek, age 74, of Baldwin, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Baldwin Care Center. Bonnie was born Nov. 10, 1935, in Troy Township, the daughter of Edwin and Mabel (Cernohous) Rohl. She attended Pierce Valley Country School prior to graduating from Prescott High School in the class of '53. On June 15, 1954, Bonnie was united in marriage to Jerome Lubich. To this union, children Susan and Peggy were born. Jerome was tragically killed in a farm accident on April 27, 1956. Bonnie married Gerald Kusilek at St.
James Robert Larson "Jim" "Meatman", age 63, of River Falls, passed away on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings, Minn. He was born in Eau Claire on Dec. 9, 1945, son of Stanley and Luverne (Ullman) Larson. Jim married Sharon (Rock-Burdick) on Dec. 12, 1980. The Larson family was a real presence on main street River Falls for many years. Jim began his career as a carry out boy for Larson's Super Value. He later owned his own meat business as Larson's Meats and went on to work as a meat cutter for Knowlans Groceries, St. Paul.
Elizabeth Alberta (Lamb) Yatckoske, 71, of River Falls, Wis., passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, from colon cancer, at the United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. Elizabeth was born on April 11, 1938, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of Charles William and Alice (Erickson) Lamb. She was a graduate of South High School, Minn., in 1956. She later continued her education at the Vocational Tech College in New Richmond, Wis. She married Lester Gorden Yatckoske on March 1, 1958. He preceded her in death in July 1979. They settled in Roberts, Wis., in 1966.