Luanne (Larson) Linehan, 80, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, July 17, 2015. Luanne was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 13, 1935. As a young child, Luanne moved to River Falls, WI with her parents Ray and Nimie Larson, brother, Roger and sister, Lois. She married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Daniel Linehan, on June 11, 1955. Through their years together Luanne and Dan raised their four children and travelled the world. Her greatest joy was simply spending time with her family. She loved playing card games, “coffeeing” with her many friends, sewing and needle work, playing with, tickling, and singing silly songs with her grandchildren, and “wintering” in Florida with Dan. Luanne’s kind, gentle and giving spirit endeared her to all who were fortunate to have their lives touched by her. Luanne is survived by and will be dearly missed by her husband, Dan; two sons, Steve (Patsy) Linehan and Jeff (Mary) Linehan, both of River Falls; two daughters, Susie (Chris) Myers of Memphis, TN and Kris Neimy of River Falls; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends. Luanne’s life will be celebrated at St. Bridget Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. Visitation was Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 5-7 pm at St. Bridget Catholic Church and on Thursday from 10-11 am before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude's or Shriner's Children's Hospitals. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Frances Jo Croes Lalley Schaffner, 74, of River Falls, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 16, 2015. She put on her walking shoes and made the journey home with her Lord and Savior. Frannie was born on July 27, 1940 to Joseph and Emily Croes in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. She grew up and graduated High School in 1957. She was the middle child of five. Fran then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she met and married Donald Lalley in1962. Fran and Don began their lives together and had a large family of 6 children Joseph, Patrick, Michael, Marianne, Mary, and Leo Christopher. Things did not go as planned and Fran had to raise her children alone. This was a very hard and bumpy road and life was not easy. She would sometimes work 2 or 3 jobs to provide. But Fran being who she was, thrived under pressure and conquered. She embraced her Lord and held on tight and could always find the humor in everything. You would always see a smile on her face. Fran then moved her growing children to the countryside of Elmwood, Wisconsin in 1976 where she married Richard Schaffner in 1978. Fran farmed the land until she moved to River Falls Wisconsin with her children in 1983 living there for the remainder of her life. Frances was a child of God and served her Lord well. She had a gentle soul and reached her hand out to anyone in need. She enjoyed her church, volunteer work, cooking, dancing, reading, embroidery, playing cards, visiting, her children and grandchildren. Fran is proceeded in death by her parents, sister Judy, daughter Marianne in 1968 and son Michael in 2015. She is survived by her brother Don Croes (Arlene) of River Falls, Wisconsin, brother Steve Croes of Montana, sister Mary Kay Schaffner (James) of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, her children Joe of Hamel, Minnesota, Pat (Wendy) of Hammond, Wisconsin, Mary (Ron) Brown of Twentynine Palms, California and Leo (Cristina) of Ellsworth Wisconsin. Her 8 grandchildren Kendrick, Garrett (Kendra), Shontae, Sadie, Rena, Ryan, Arianna, and Caden, and 1 great-grandchildren Ronaldo aka Rey, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI. Visitation was also Monday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
David Ohrt age 82 life-long resident of Hudson died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was born the son of Martin and Edna (Meyer) Ohrt on April 1, 1933 in Hudson. He served his country in U.S. Army from 1954-1956 and the National Guard until 1957. On December 27, 1958, he married Kathryn Hendrickson. He graduated from River Falls State College with B.A. degree in math and minors in physics and German. David worked 30+ years for Control Data Corporation and drove school bus for Hudson School District for another 20+ years. He was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church and active in the Church Choir. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathryn “Kaye”; sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Don Gilbertson; and brother, Vern Ohrt. He is survived by his son, Greg; grandsons, Dave, Mike and Erik; great-granddaughter, Kylie; sisters-in-law, Shirley Ohrt, Ann Tout, Mary Hendrickson; and nieces, nephews and their families. A celebration of David’s life was held at 2:00 pm Monday, July 20, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1205 6th St., in Hudson. Visitation was also Monday from 1-2 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.
Pauline Margaret Sailer passed away peacefully, at home, at Comforts of Home in River Falls, Wisconsin on July 11, 2015 at age 97. Born in Plum City, WI on July 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Kohl. Pauline attended Elmwood High School. In 1942 she married Hugo Sailer. They made their home in Elmwood, Wisconsin and together they built a successful family business. Pauline loved being a homemaker. You could always find her in the kitchen cooking and baking, always ready for company. She loved playing her bridge and golf with friends and family. Pauline will be remembered for her warmth, her concern for others, and her wonderful sense of humor. Above all, she cherished her family. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Pauline is survived by her daughter, Linda Fanelli and her husband Anthony of Southbury, CT, two sons, Daniel Sailer of Dolan Springs, AZ; and William Sailer and his wife Linda of Duluth, MN; her granddaughter, Rebecca Festa (Fanelli) and her husband, Steve, of Orange, CT; her grandsons, Michael Fanelli of Waterbury, CT; Christopher Fanelli and his wife Veronica of New Haven, CT; Isaac Sailer of Hudson, WI; Noah Sailer of Fridley, MN; nine great-grandchildren, Mark and Matthew Festa, Eli, Ayla and Jax Sailer, Blake and Gabriella Sailer, Giuliana and Analia Fanelli; along with many nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her husband, Hugo Sailer; her grandson Caleb Sailer and her four sisters and two brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Saint Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division Street, River Falls, WI. Visitation was also Saturday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was at Farm Hill Cemetery, in Elmwood.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Comforts of Home in River Falls, WI and to the Saint Croix Hospice Staff for their loving and outstanding care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls, or Saint Croix Hospice, 7200 Hudson Blvd. N, Suite 230, Oakdale, MN 55128. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.