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Alice Marie Jansa, 88, of River Falls, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Kinnic Long Term Care center. She was born on May 23, 1921, in Kinnickinnic township, to the late John and Ann (Yanisch) Lubich. Alice married John Jansa on June 1, 1948, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prescott. He preceded her in death in 1987. Alice enjoyed reading and gardening. She also was a great cook.
John M. "Jack" Smith, 71, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2009, following a short illness. Jack was born in River Falls to Mardelle (Williams) and Henry L. Smith on July 17, 1937. Following graduation from high school, Jack entered the U.S. Army. Jack played baseball, basketball and football for the Special Services division. In 1958 Jack attended McConnell Airline School working for both Northwest and Western Airlines. In August 1961 Jack married Deanna Freitag in Minneapolis. Jack had the chance to work in Green Bay, and loving the Green Bay Packers, the family relocated.
Florence Troost (nee Ross), 89, was born on Oct. 26, 1919, in LaGrange, Ill., to Walter R. and Emilie (Gabriel) Ross. She had three brothers: Walter R. Jr., Donald G., and Douglas E.; and one sister, Eleanore L. (Ross) Leber. When Florence was one, the family moved to Villa Park, Ill. She attended elementary and junior high school there, and two-and-a-half years of high school at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Ill.
Paul James Symon, 56, of River Falls, died on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul. Paul was born on April 9, 1953, to Charles and Helen (Jindra) Symon in Teaneck, N. J. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Emerson High School. Upon graduation, Paul moved to Menomonie, where he attended college at UW-Stout. He got a job at 3M where he worked as a machine shop inspector for 28 years. In the early '90s, Paul began seeing a woman named Susan Modlin. On Oct.19, 1991, the two were joined in marriage at the Wakanda Park in Menomonie.
Norbert J. Rohl, 32, of Ellsworth, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, May 21, 2009. Bert was born on May 21, 1977, in Red Wing, Minn., the son of Carol (Cashman) and Donald Rohl. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School and married Stacey Gulbranson on May 5, 2007, at English Lutheran Church. He belonged to the Laborers Local 132 and currently was working for Koch Refinery. Bert's passion for life was always his family and friends first.
Paul James Symon, 56, of River Falls, died on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul. A memorial gathering for Paul will be held on Friday, May 29, from 3 to 5 pm at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Burial will be held privately at a later date. Memorials are Preferred. Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.
Jack A. Zwolenski, age 70, of Ellsworth, died Monday, May 11, 2009 at his home. Jack was born on Aug. 26, 1938, in Minneapolis, the son of John A. and Grace (Fassett) Zwolenski. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School. On Oct. 11, 1958 Jack married Peggy Dusek at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in River Falls. Jack was a long time employee at 3M. He was an avid sports enthusiast and particularly enjoyed watching the Packers, playing golf and later in life enjoyed watching baseball. Jack wrote a weekly sports column in the Shopper for many years.
Marlys "Marlie" Bethel Laue, 73, of Greeley, Colo., died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the North Colorado Medical Center Hospice Inpatient Unit. She was born on March 15, 1936 to Richard H. and Evalyn (Ruble) Meents in River Falls. She was educated in the Campus School of Wisconsin State College and graduated from River Falls High School in 1953. She continued her education at Wisconsin State College (now the UW-River Falls), graduating in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in the fields of Biology, Geology and Library Science.
Retta Irene McIntyre Albert was born on May 30, 1912, to John and Eva McIntyre on a farm near Wayne, Neb. Retta died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the River Falls Kinnic Home, where she had been a resident for the last 15 months. She attended first through eighth grade at the Wayne State College Campus School in Wayne, Neb. She attended Wayne High School for three years and then graduated from the high school in Stanton, Neb., in 1930.
Rose K. Brown, 99, of River Falls, Hudson and St. Paul, died surrounded by her family on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. The daughter of William Fredrick and Rose Katherine (Handel) Beck, Rose was born on Nov. 4, 1909, in Eau Claire County. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to West St. Paul, Minn., where she attended grade school and graduated from Emerson High School. She fell in love and married Robert E. Brown from St. Paul and they had a successful marriage until he died in 1963. The couple raised their children, Robert and Joyce, in St. Paul and St.