Bert Frey, age 84 of Star Prairie, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at The Gathering in Stillwater, MN. He was born the son of Bert and Mabel (Wolfe) Frey on June 20, 1930 in the Town of Cylon, Wisconsin. He grew up there, graduating from New Richmond High School. On June 18, 1949 he married Ruby Haroldson in Stillwater, MN. Bert worked on river barges on the Mississippi and in a factory in Milwaukee before settling in Star Prairie to raise their family. He worked for many years at the Stillwater Merchantile and then at the Doughboy Mill. Bert loved sports. He was on the boxing team in high school, played town baseball and softball, and has always cheered for the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. He attended both Packer and Brewer games as recently as Brewer's Stadium five week's ago. Bert also liked to hunt and fish and spent many weekend's camping with Ruby and friends. He was a quiet, soft spoken man. In his last days, he came to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Mabel Frey; wife, Ruby Frey; and brothers, Dale and Marvin Frey. Bert is survived by his children, Cheryl (Howard) Johnston and Brent (Diane) Frey; grandchildren, Bryan (Erin) Johnston, Kevin (Melinda) Johnston, Laura (Michael) Deems, Luke (Amanda) Frey, Lacy (Brent) Hassler, Melanie (Brandon) Beckstrom, Megan (Ben) Sackmann; great-grandchildren, Liam Johnston, Stella Johnston, Andrew Johnston, Annalea Deems, Ella Deems, Samuel Deems, Leyla Deems, Shammah Hassler, David Hassler, Owen Sackmann; sister, Judy Probst; and his beloved dog, Maggie. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11 am at Bethany Lutheran Church in Star Prairie. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 1, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and on Tuesday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Star Prairie. Memorials will be used for stone benches at the River Island Park in Star Prairie. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Richard “Dick” Newman age 76 of New Richmond died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, after several years living with kidney failure. He was born the son of M. Wallace and Gertrude (Klawiter) Newman on June 11, 1938 in La Crosse, WI. Dick graduated from Regis High School in Eau Claire and joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Morocco. After his military service, Dick graduated from UW-Eau Claire. He taught at Regis High School and Mauston High School. Most recently he taught many years at WITC in New Richmond until his retirement. Dick was a member of the Kiwanis and the American Legion Post #80 in New Richmond. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Dave VandenHeuvel; niece, Mandy Stolp. He is survived by his siblings, Mary (Don) Weghorn, Lois (Bob) Stolp, John Newman, Ed (Mary Ann) Newman, Jim (Jackie) Newman, Janis VandenHeuvel; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A celebration of Dick’s Life will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond with a visitation from 12-1 pm and a memory sharing service at 1 pm. Following service, military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post #80 of New Richmond with a reception to follow. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Patricks Cemetery in Eau Claire. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond. Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Club of New Richmond or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
William C. Ammerman age 88 of River Falls died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Kinnic Long Term Care in River Falls. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Rick E. Johnson age 55 of Star Prairie died Thursday, August 21, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Virgil and Fern (Percy) Johnson on June 1, 1959 in New Richmond. Rick graduated from New Richmond High School in 1977. He started working for SPS Company Inc in 1980, working his way up to Director of Warehousing. He really enjoyed his job and the people he worked with, so much, that he commuted 34 years from Star Prairie, WI to St. Louis Park, MN. Rick enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors. One of his favorites being, going fishing up at the family cabin in Canada with his daughters, son-in-laws, other family and friends. He also looked forward to planning annual salmon fishing trips to Algoma and Sturgeon Bay, with his daughters and son-in-laws. Another one of Rick’s favorite things to do outdoors was hunting. He and his daughter, Cristy, enjoyed going up to the Anderson’s cabin every November. Rick grew up watching the races at Cedar Lake Speedway and continued to enjoy spending his summer weekends there with family. He was excited to share this tradition with his granddaughters. He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Heather Anton, Sara Kowalski, and Cristy Johnson; son-in-laws, Chris Anton and Ryan Kowalski, who were like sons to him; granddaughters, Kyra, Addison and Emma Anton, and Brynlee Kowalski; mother, Fern Johnson Schmidt; ex-wife and mother of his daughters, Colleen Johnson; many other relatives and friends. Rick was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Johnson; brother, Bruce Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Deb and Al Everson. A funeral service was held Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11 am at Prairieview Covenant Church in New Richmond. Visitation was Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 4-8 pm also at Prairieview Covenant Church and on Monday from 10-11 am. Private interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Star Prairie. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Marie Knefelkamp Knott was born May 11, 1916 in Luseland, Saskatchewan, Canada and passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Thursday, August 21, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. She was the fifth of six children born to Charlie and Mary (Schmale) Knefelkamp. Her early school years were spent in a one-room school house. She either walked or traveled by horse-drawn school bus in summer or sleigh in the winter. In 1926, her family took nearly two weeks to move by train to Moose Jaw (Canada) and then to Withro, MN. She attended school in Stillwater, MN until her mother was ill and needed care until her death. She married Martin Denninger in 1936. They had a son, Alvin, and a daughter, Mary Katherine. In 1943 she obtained her citizenship papers and later divorced. She worked hard to support herself and her children by driving school bus, milking cows, and housekeeping jobs for area families. In 1945 she married Gordon Knott. To this union was born a son and two daughters, Judith, Gerald, and Gloria. They farmed side by side for 68 years. During this time Marie passionately cared for the vegetable and flower gardens, raised chickens, and milked cows. She preserved food and shared flowers with family and friends. She crocheted and knitted countless afgans, baby blankets, sweaters, baptism gowns, slippers, and mittens for all who knew her. She enjoyed taking classes to perfect her skills in cake decorating, sewing, and other needlework and crafts. Over the years she devotedly cared for her family and friends. She increased her efforts even more the last years of her life to care for Gordon as his health declined. She was very proud to have five generations of family. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ed, Art, and Raymond; her sisters, Edna and Eleanor; grandson, Lawrence "Larry" Persells; son, Alvin Denninger; and husband, Gordon Knott. Marie will be missed by her son, Gerald (Melanie) Knott; daughters, Mary Katherine (Dwaine) Persells, Judith (Jim) Hansen Jorgenson, Gloria Knott; her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren; as well as sister-in-law, Bess Knott; nieces, nephews; and her many friends. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 4 pm at Teens for Christ 538 Old Hwy 35 S Hudson, WI. Memorial visitation was also Wednesday from 2-4 pm at Teens for Christ. Interment was in the German Settlement Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.