Raymond Peterson 10/19/2014

ray peterson tuxRaymond "Ray" LaVon Peterson, of New Richmond, WI died on Sunday, Oct 19 surrounded in love by his family at The Gables.  Ray was born in Wanderoos to Oscar and Tilley (Martinson) Peterson. Ray graduated from New Richmond.  After High School he worked as a butter maker at Maple Island Dairy.  He owned and operated Peterson Dairy, delivering milk to New Richmond and the surrounding area for over 25 years. Ray was the head of a large family and lived a very active life!  You would see Ray at the ballpark, playing in his early years and later watching his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.  Baseball and fishing were his passions.  Many fishing stories cover generations of Ray's family.  You would find him around town on his "normal rounds," playing cards with friends and family, or watching his family play baseball, hockey or any Tiger sports.  If not at those places, you would inevitably find Ray watching the MN Twins, Wild, or Vikings on TV.  Ray was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joretta (Nygaard) Peterson, Brothers Clarence, Lyle, Harlan, and Mervyn, Sisters Gladys Jensen, Loretta Peterson, grandchildren Corey Peterson, Chad Peterson and great grandchildren Tyson Rousar, Jack Ulrich.  He is survived by children Greg (Carol) Peterson, Rhonda Shilts, Terry (Debbie) Peterson, Julie Peterson, Kevin Peterson, Laurie (Jeff) Tarman, Brian (Debbie) Peterson, Cindy (Rick) Melby, and Mike "Minnow" (Kerri) Peterson, 23 Grandchildren, 31 Great Grandchildren, and sisters Lorraine Soderquist and Audrey Belisle.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4-8 pm at First Lutheran Church and also Wednesday from 10-11 am before the service.  Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Marian Grotthus 10/17/2014

PTDC0001Marian Mae (Schrader) Grotthus passed away October 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.  She was the daughter of Leonard and Alice (Kannel) Schrader.  Born on March 19, 1931.  She attended the Big Arkansaw School.  After attending school she worked as a waitress at Kezas Café and Clara Café in Durand.  She married Oliver John Grotthus on April 7, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Early in their married life they had a restaurant called the Highway Inn in St. Paul, MN.  Her customers loved her homemade pies and doughnuts which were made fresh daily.  They later moved to Stockholm where they raised their wonderful family.  Later she drove truck and delivered mail to local postal offices for the US postal department.  She enjoyed this and made many friends during her career.  Marian enjoyed and loved to be with family, grandchildren, and friends.  She loved being in the kitchen making favorite meals and goodies for all.  She was a member of the Calvary Covenant Church in Stockholm.  She belonged to Covenant Women and helped prepare many luncheons, pie and ice cream socials, special meals and treats.  She is survived by her husband Ollie of 62 years and family, Shari (Merlin) Samuel of Ellsworth, WI, Terry (Jackie) Grotthus of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Patricia (Kenneth) Jansky of Eau Claire, WI.  Grandchildren, Jacob Grotthus, Jenna (Matthew) Julson, Aaron Samuel, Tyler Samuel, Amelia Jansky and Breanna Jansky.  Great-grandchildren, Reed, Justin, and Ryan Julson.  She is also survived by two sisters, Irma Bauer of Illinois and Elaine Brunner of Arkansaw, WI; one brother, Bill (Ruth) Schrader, WI, sister-in-law, Esther Schrader of Eau Claire, WI, and cousin, Marian Keapproth of St. Paul, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Alice Schrader, brother, Donald Schrader, in-laws, Olaf and Eva Grotthus, brother-in-law, Douglas Brunner, sister-in-law, Connie Jungers, and cousin Morris Keapproth.  A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11 am at Calvary Covenant Church in Stockholm, WI.  Visiation will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 5-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock and on Tuesday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Stockholm.  The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Wabasha Hospice for assisting in Marian’s care at home.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.

Delores Whitman 10/10/2014

D WhitmanDelores L Whitman passed away peacefully at the River Falls Area Hospital on October 10th at the age of 85. She is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Elizabeth Sjolander, also by her former husband Edward G. Whitman. Survivors include four children, Cindy Whitman of River Falls, Nancy (Larry) Dokkestul of Pepin, Edward (Paula) Whitman of River Falls, Susan (Kelly) Bopray of River Falls, six Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, her best friend Loraine Augustine and KC (her cat).  Dee was born in Minneapolis on December 14th 1928. Graduated from Washburn HS and attended the University of Minnesota. She successfully raised her children while being relocated numerous times in conjunction with Edwards’s employment at Eastern Airlines. In 1974 the family moved to the farm east of River Falls to be closer to Dee and Ed's parents and have more room for the expanding cattle herd. It is here that the family finally was able to put down roots and call River Falls home. Although raised a city girl, Dee quickly acclimated to rural life, accepting goats running through her dining room, pigs wreaking havoc in the flower garden and cows standing in the middle of the road when a gate was left open.  After the farm was sold and in her retirement years Dee enjoyed playing Bridge, became an avid golfer and spent many hours in the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dee's final years were spent in the Kinnic Nursing Home in River Falls. It is here that she met Loraine and the two quickly formed a friendship. Dee turned in her Bridge cards and golf clubs for SkipBo and Uno cards, water paints and bingo. She was a member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls and her faith carried her through life.  A private memorial service was held.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Virginia Pederson 10/10/2014

Virginia A. Pederson age 95 of New Richmond died Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Deerfield Gables Care Center.  She was born the daughter of Arthur and Esther (Stroberger) Miller on May 26, 1919 in Appomattox, VA.  Virginia married Parnell Pederson.  The couple made their home and raised their 5 children in New Richmond.  Virginia was a long time member of First Lutheran Church and active in the Ladies Aid.  She was a loving mother and grandmother. Virginia is survived by her children, Gary Pederson of New Richmond, Gail Casey of Stillwater, Joel (Judy) Pederson of New Richmond, and Janice (Tom) Satterlund of Danbury; grandchildren, Gunnar (Silvia) Pederson, Kimberly (Damon) Barta, Laura (Rob) Rydberg, Julie (Steve) Pasell, Jackie (Jeff) Brenizer, Kathie (Tim) Struemke, Jason (Mary Carol) Pederson, Eric (Trish) Pederson, Shane (Kelli) Satterlund, Sonja Niles; 24 great-grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Barbara) Miller; former son-in-law, John Walsh; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Esther Miller; husband, Parnell Pederson; son, Peter Pederson; siblings, Vivian (Ken) Guetzke, Arthur Miller, James Miller and son-in-law, John Casey. A funeral service was held Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond.  Visitation was also Wednesday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Joan Kremer 10/8/2014

kremerJoan E. Kremer, age 62, a long time resident of River Falls, WI, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN, as a result of a massive brain hemorrhage.  She passed quickly and peacefully surrounded by her family. Joan had such a love of life and the people, pets and nature that were part of her life, that all who met her felt her love and compassion. She was a writer and a published author, who never stopped exploring and learning new things.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother and pet owner.  Joan was also a spiritual person who always continued to explore and expand her spirituality. She will be remembered for her love of family, love of learning and love of traveling.  Her explorations included many vacation trips with family all across the country and abroad.  Joan was born on October 7, 1952, in Osakis, MN, to George and Lorraine (Holt) Kremer.  The family moved to River Falls, WI, when she was 5 years old.  Writing was in her genes as she worked with her Dad, the editor and publisher of the River Falls Journal, and branched out to work at the Eau Claire Leader Telegram, before returning to the Journal as a “Chip Off the Ol’ Block”.  She later used her writing skills to develop training programs for companies. She is survived by her spouse, Brenda Keller; son, Joshua (fiancé, Megan Schoenherr) Bennett; daughter, Erin (fiancé, Jason Heinrichs) Bennett; grandson, Silas Heinrichs; mother, Lorraine Kremer; siblings, Ann (Larry) Phelps, Mark Kremer, Paul Kremer, David (Pat) Kremer, Ruth (Randy) Pickering, Sara (Russ) Burmeister, Margaret (Steve) Brunn, Michael (Sheryl) Kremer; in-laws, Gary (Mary) Keller, Barbara Keller, Gregg (Toni) Keller; MANY nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, George Kremer; and sister, Kathleen Kremer.  A Celebration of Joan's Life was held at Juniors/Best Western (100 Spring St.) in River Falls on Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning with Social hours/visitation from 1:00-3:00 pm followed by a service at 3:00 pm and concluding with social hour and hors d’oeuvres. Overflow parking will be available at Family Fresh Market for the service.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.