Phyllis Reckin 06/28/2015

Phyllis Reckin, age 89 of New Richmond, died on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the St. Croix Health Center.  A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11 am at First Lutheran Church 218 County Road K New Richmond, WI.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 4-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel 112 W 3rd Street New Richmond, WI and on Friday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment will be in Mamre Cemetery in rural Menomonie, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Melody Murphy 06/23/2015

Melody Murphy obitMelody Murphy age 61 of New Richmond died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Region’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN from a brain aneurysm. The daughter of Vivian and Ed Knops was born June 13, 1954 in Stillwater, MN.  She was the oldest of 5. Melody was a loving and caring mother, wife, grandma, daughter, sister and so much more.  Melody was the most gentle, loving, caring, forgiving, loyal, honest, always helping, and could brighten up any gloomy day Christian woman.  She will never be forgotten, and will always be loved by so many friends, family, and adoptive family.  She may only had one child of her own, but she was a mother to many.   Melody was preceded in death by Cindy Harper, Viola Green, Sheridan Murphy, Jeffrey Boardman, Jr., Pat Murphy, and many other loved ones.   She is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Jessica and adoptive children; parents, Vivian and Ed; brothers, Randy (Ann), Tim (Lori), Ronnie (Jovi); nieces, Samantha (Derek), Karrie (Beau), Megan, Rachel; nephew, Kevin; grandchildren, Zakery, Haydn, Jadelynn; and many other family and friends.  A funeral service was held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church (1350 Heritage Drive) in New Richmond.  Visitation was also Saturday from 11:00-1:00 pm at the church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.  To all her loved ones- “Be Good and I Love you.” Melody, aka Mel/Ma

Jean Hansen 06/23/2015

Jean Ann Hansen age 91 died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Comforts of Home in River Falls.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11 am at the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond, WI.  Cremation provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Della McClish 06/21/2015

Della S. McClish age 98 of New Richmond died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Comforts of Home in Hudson.  She is survived by her children, Warren (Kim) McClish, Maureen (Barry) Cicchese; grands & greats, Chad and Stephanie McClish (Micah & Zaile), J.J. McClish (Noah), Alyssa and Ryan Earnhardt (Gideon), Mike McClish (McKala, Braeden & Lyla), Angie and Zach Koch (Lincoln), Sam and Sonya Cicchese (Roman), Gina and Cory Larson (Lily & Owen); many nieces, nephews, friends, and several “adopted grandkids.”  A visitation was held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond.  A Celebration of Della's Life was held Monday at the Lowell Inn in Stillwater, MN, following a private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Elsie Johnson 06/19/2015

ElsieElsie Mae Johnson (nee Shafer), a former English teacher in the high school at Buffalo, MN died on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Southview Acres Nursing Home in West St. Paul, MN, where she had resided for the past 8 years.  She had been a resident of Buffalo since 1940 when she married Dean Johnson, who also taught at Buffalo High School.  In 1995, they moved to Woodbury to be closer to their two sons and families.

During her 30 years of teaching, Elsie touched the lives of thousands of students.  She was active in the Presbyterian Church in Buffalo serving as an Elder, a Deacon, and was an officer of the Ladies Guild and the Missionary Society.

Elsie was born in North Andover, WI on November 3, 1915, to John and Lulu Shafer.  She graduated from high school in Red Wing, MN where she ranked third in her class of 144.  In 1935, she enrolled in River Falls State Teacher’s College where she received a BA degree in 1940.  She taught in Buffalo from 1943 to 1946 as a long-term substitute during World War II.  In 1957 she resumed teaching in Buffalo as an English teacher for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students.  She continued her education at the University of Minnesota toward a Master’s Degree.

She and her husband, Dean, lived in Buffalo together for 55 years where they raised their family, were active in the community, and developed many close friendships.  Elsie was a member of the Buffalo Women’s Club and the League of Women Voters.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Library and the Lakeview Retirement Center.

Throughout their lives – especially after retirement – Elsie and Dean enjoyed traveling in their Airstream trailer with their many friends.  There was much travel within Minnesota, to the mountains and parks in the western United States and Canada, and south to Arizona and Florida for winters.  A special place was their lake home north of New Richmond, WI, where they spent many fun times with family.

In 2000, after Dean had passed away, Elsie realized a dream and became a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale.  Along with her special friend, Frank Presley, she was an active member of the parish attending Saturday mass and as a member of the Retreads Club.

Elsie is survived by two sons, Craig and his wife, Carmen, of Woodbury and Brian and his wife, Colleen, of Savage; one brother, Jack Shafer; and four grandchildren, Rebecca (and husband, William) Hargraves, Michael Johnson, Christopher Johnson, and Kevin Johnson.  Three brothers and two sisters predeceased Elsie – Harold Shafer, Raymond Shafer, Norman Shafer, Dorothy Nelson, and Ruth Willink.

Funeral services were held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church at 10:30 AM, June 25, 2015, presided by Father Rodger Bauman.  The service was preceded at 9:30 AM by visitation and followed by lunch at 11:30 AM at the church.  Her ashes were committed at Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls, WI, following at 1:30 PM.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.