Virginia Rodli 12/18/2014

V RodliVirginia Rodli, 101, died Thursday, Dec. 18 at Comforts of Home in River Falls, WI.  Virginia was born on May 21, 1913 in Lakota (formerly Germania), Iowa, the first of five children of Gustave and Gertrude Thaves.  She grew up in Lakota and Burt, Iowa, where her father was the editor of the local weekly papers, and later moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota.  It was there that she met the love of her life, David Rodli.   Albert Lea was their home for the first years of their marriage, including a period in which David served in the South Pacific during World War II.  As happened with many families during those war years, all four of her brothers also served in the military during WW II.  In 1947, Virginia, David and their young children moved to Baldwin, WI, where David became employed by St. Croix Electric Cooperative.  After David died in 1965, Virginia began to work as a ward secretary at the Baldwin Hospital.  She remained in Baldwin until 1976, when she moved to River Falls.  Virginia possessed a love of life, a love that included music, art, birding, gardening, reading, travel, writing, current affairs, furniture refurbishing, singing, piano-playing, painting, poetry, politics and people.  She enjoyed a number of years as a singer with Music Madams, and was also active in the Methodist Church, AAUW, Tuesday Club, Meals on Wheels, SOS, several book clubs, and a poetry group.  Virginia was the epicenter of her family.  She once said that her whole purpose in life was to be a good mother, a task at which she truly succeeded and one which extended to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She became ill just a few days before her death and when that illness set in and she began to fade, she was heard to say  "There I was, having fun and then all of a sudden I wasn't having fun."  Virginia is survived by daughters, Sue (David) Astin, of Golden Valley, MN and Jan Yee, of Marengo, Ill, son Keith (Katharine Grant) Rodli, of River Falls, six grandchildren (Scott, John, David, Nora, Karl and Kristine), six great-grandchildren (Elizabeth, Griffin, Payton, Eleanora, Una Mae, and Kailu), sister-in-law, Liz Thaves, of Jordan, MN, seven nieces and nephews, including special niece Sara Thaves, of Seattle, and her first daughter-in-law, Maralee Savage, of River Falls.  She was predeceased by her parents, her husband David, her son-in-law Sam Yee, and her four brothers, Denton, Keith, Stuart and Bob.  A Celebration of Virginia Rodli's life will be held in the Spring.   In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring her can be directed to the David and Virginia Rodli Scholarship Fund, UW-River Falls Foundation, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Joyce Goodrich 12/17/2014

Joyce Ann Goodrich age 77 of Forest died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Amery Regional Medical Center.  She was born the daughter of Bill and Bert (Swanson) Relander on March 28, 1937 in New Richmond.  In 1956, she married Richard Goodrich.  She was an educator, teaching Elementary School for many years.  Joyce was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.  She very active and devoted to her church, she played piano for services and programs. Joyce was also member of the Order of the Eastern Star and she enjoyed raising cattle, and playing bridge.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, meant everything to her.  Joyce was the family matriarch and had many special friends around the area.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Richard (1996); parents, Bill and Bert Relander; sister, MaryJean Jagow; grandson-in-law, John Forsblade.  She is survived by her beloved friend, Don Eliason; sons, Mark (Claudine), John (Sheila); grandchildren, Christine Forsblade, Melinda ( friend, Ralph Buhr), Jesse (friend, Carlee Williams), LauraLee Hatch, Daniel Goodrich, Brian (friend, Laci Moe) Goodrich; great grandchildren, Wyatt Johnson, Joshua Forsblade, Leana Goodrich, Madasin Hatch, Riley Hatch; many relatives and friends.  A memorial service will be held Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church (2980 210th Ave.) Forest, WI.  Visitation will be held Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 2-5 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond with an Order of the Eastern Star Service at 4:30 pm. Visitation will also be Monday from 10-11 am at the church.  Private interment will be at Elim Lutheran Church Cemetery in Scandia, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Karen Erickson 12/17/2014

Karen Ruth Erickson, age 67 of River Falls, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at her home.  Arrangements are pending with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

William Ramquist 12/16/2014

William Robert Ramquist age 87 of New Richmond quietly let go of his earthly life on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Prescott Care Center where he had resided since March 2011.  He was born the son of Carl and Joy (Millar) Ramquist on July 23, 1927 in Beloit, WI.  He was a 1945 graduate of Beloit High School and later graduated from Metropolitan State College.  Bill served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  On September 29, 1956, he married Alyce Roerig in Beloit, WI.  They moved to New Richmond in 1959 and raised their 4 children here.  Bill began his career in accounting and retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier.  In his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering for the local Veteran Service Office driving veteran’s various places. Bill loved anything to do with trains, airplanes and everything mechanical. He adored all of God’s creatures, and he was well-known for his quiet wit and storytelling.  He was a long time member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  The greatest joy of his life was his precious wife, Alyce.   He is survived by his children, Mary (Dave) Holtz, Paul (Joan) Ramquist, David (Kim) Ramquist, Ruth (Jeff) Gartner; grandchildren, Dan Holtz, Zachary Becker, Sarah (Matt) Person, Hannah, Lucy and Tom Ramquist, Elizabeth and Crystal Ramquist, Griffin and Greta Gartner; great grandchildren, Leyla and Evelyn Person many relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alyce; parents, Carl and Joy; and infant brother, Robert.   A memorial service was held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  Visitation was also Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am at church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Bernice Krueger 12/14/2014

B Krueger 522x640Bernice Theresa Krueger died peacefully at Golden Age Manor on Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Amery, Wisconsin at the age of 87.  Bernice is survived by her husband, Don Krueger of Deer Park, Wisconsin; her children, Bob (Eva) Krueger of Deer Park; Jim Krueger of Deer Park; Nancy Gleason of New Richmond; Tom (Wendi) Krueger of Deer Park; Sue (Dan) Lackner of White Bear Township, MN; Lori (Chuck) Hansen of Coon Rapids, MN; Duke (Janet) Krueger of Deer Park; and Kevin (Janel) Krueger of Deer Park; and her sister, Shirley (Bob) Bearce of Williston, ND and 25 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elsa Johnson, her brother, Bernard Johnson, her sister, Myrna Johnson and her grandson, Elijah Krueger.  Bernice was born on January 25, 1927 in Little Falls, MN to Walter and Elsa Johnson. Bernice graduated from Eitel Hospital as a Cadet Registered Nurse in 1948. She married Donald Krueger in 1949 in Redwood Falls, MN.  Bernice and Don moved to Deer Park where they farmed and raised 8 children.  For many years Bernice worked as a registered nurse at Maple Manor Nursing Home in New Richmond.  She was an active and dedicated member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Deer Park and often volunteered in community service projects.  Her children remember her as one who loved God, dancing, playing games and enjoying life to the fullest. She was a fun loving grandmother who enjoyed many wonderful times with her grandchildren.  A Funeral Service was held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Deer Park.  Visitation was held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel 112 W 3rd Street New Richmond and on Friday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Deer Park.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.