Carol F. Perkins age 58 of Maiden Rock died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. She was born the daughter of Frank and Eileen (Lambert) Hoffmeyer on November 18, 1955 in River Falls, WI. She graduated from River Falls High School. Carol married Bill Gibbs and they later divorced. On January 24, 1981, she married Elmer Perkins. Carol loved the outdoors, which included hunting and fishing. She was a Green Bay Packer fan. She was a loving and caring person who enjoyed baking, cooking, cross stitching and other crafts. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Eileen; son, Gordon Paul Gibbs; grandson, Michael Arnold; sisters, Pam and Becky Hoffmeyer; step-daughter, Janet Perkins. She is survived by her husband, Elmer; children, Crystal (John) Halpaus, Lisa Virnig, Patti (Douglas Hundley) Arnold, Sarah (Larry) Stokes, Jeanna Scott, Elmer (fiancé, Leora Petz) Perkins, Jr.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Hoffmeyer; and many friends. A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:30 am at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock and also Thursday from 9:00-10:30 am before the service. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.
Henry "Hank" Westphal, age 57 of Hudson and formerly of Kasota, MN, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born the son of Warren and Hazel Westphal on September 28, 1956 in St. Peter, MN. He grew up in Kasota. Hank worked at the Le Sueur Foundry and for Custom Mill Work in North St. Paul. He was a foster parent who touched the lives of many young people. He enjoyed fishing, camping, line dancing, racing, and cleaning. He liked working with his son Kyle in his lawn care and snow removal business. Most of all Hank loved kids, his own, his grandchildren, foster children and those of family and friends. He was considered Dad and Papa to many. Hank was a strong caring man. He always wore a smile and loved unconditionally. He is preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Hazel Westphal; an infant daughter; sister, Karen Rybus; and brother, Roger Westphal. Hank is survived by his wife, Evett Westphal; children, Tanner Westphal, Mandy (Shaun) Westphal-Collier, Tyler Westphal, Kyle Westphal, Bradley Benes, Tyler Dillard, Kevin Rickey, Rhandy Westphal, Coty Westphal, Tylor Seidler; grandchildren, Brendan, Laurali, Paige, Mason, Talon, Lilyana; siblings, Bonnie (Earl) Rients, Jean (Don) Kuhl, Earl (Margaret) Westphal, Dawn (Lyle) Orth, David (Helen) Westphal, Tim (Jo) Westphal, Evelyn (Randy) Culbert, Doug (Deb) Westphal, Linda Westphal Wilson; god-children, Michael Mattson, Amanda Christoferson, Damia Seibenahler; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. A Celebration of Hank's Life will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church 1205 6th Street Hudson, WI and on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11 am - 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church 141 S Rice Street Kasota, MN. Private family interment will be in Green Hill Cemetery in St. Peter, MN. Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.
Allen Roger Finholt, age 64 of Hammond, WI, died peacefully at his home on Monday, September 15, 2014. Allen was born the son of David and Lillian (Metcalf) Finholt on July 19, 1950 in Nashville, TN. He grew up in St. Paul, MN graduating from Harding High School with the class of 1968. Following high school, he served in the United States Marines in Vietnam. Allen worked in the Dairy industry for 29 years as a truck driver retiring from Land-O-Lakes due to health reasons. On October 9, 2009 he was married to Devi Marie Pananganan in the Philippines. Allen enjoyed sports. He was a gymnast, ski jumper, swimmer, bowler and golfer. He liked to read and watch television and loved his cats. Spending time with his family and many friends was Allen’s favorite way to spend time. He was kind and generous, and was a loyal husband, father and friend. He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Lillian Finholt. Allen is survived by his wife, Devi Finholt; children, Tonya (Ryan Heald) Finholt and Hannah Lucy Finholt; grandsons, Derek and Devin Finholt; siblings, Carol (Ron) Germann, David Finholt, Kurt (Sandy) Finholt, Scott Finholt; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends near and far. A funeral service will be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (14107 Hudson Road S.) in Afton. Visitation will also be Monday from 9:00-11:00 at the church. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.
Orville J. Knoll was born December 23, 1927 in Cylon Township. He was the oldest of six children born to Julius and Alma Knoll. Orville spent most of his life in the Deer Park area. He enjoyed working with his dad on the family farm and going fishing with his uncle Ted. In later years he moved to New Richmond with his sister Irene. He worked at New Richmond Industries and participated in events through Stepping Stones. His favorite pastime was bowling. He was very proud of his many trophies. In recent years he was a resident at the St. Croix Health Center. He enjoyed the staff and their many activities especially bingo. He passed away peacefully on September 13, 2014. Orville is preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Alma, sister Lucille Knoll, sister Esther and brother-in-law Arlin Evenson along with 3 of their children, and sister Clara and brother-in-law Frank Karpenski. Orville is survived by sisters Irene Knoll and Doris Rodriquez along with several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Deer Park. Visitation was also Saturday from 10-11 am at church. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Deer Park. Orville will be remembered as a sweet and happy man who would greet you with a smile and a handshake. A special thank you to the staff at the St. Croix Health Center who took such good care of Orville over the past few years. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
James Alan Grothe, age 64 of River Falls, WI, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in his home. Jim was born January 23, 1950 in Austin, MN to Ronald and Bernice (Midje) Grothe. While in high school, James enjoyed playing football and pole vaulting. Jim graduated from Austin High School and went on to serve in the US Air Force ending with an honorable discharge. He married Colette Marie Baxter on May 15, 1971. James worked in construction, sales and customer service training. Upon finishing a degree at Minnesota Bible College and starting a family, Jim went on to Pastor in Cannon Falls, MN, New Carlisle, IN, Madelia, MN, and River Falls, WI where he recently retired from Grace Mission Church. Jim enjoyed collecting marbles and coins, camping, fishing, hunting and canoeing. He also enjoyed visiting and sharing jokes hoping to brighten someone’s day. His loves were dancing, he was known for doing the splits, and his grandchildren and family. Above all he loved his wife and the Lord. Surviving relatives include his wife, Colette Grothe; daughter, Malinda (David) Niswonger; son, Nathan Grothe; brother, Wayne Grothe; seven grandchildren, Joanna, Jarod, Jesse, James, Casey, Mason, and Caylee; and many other relatives and friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Bernice Grothe; and brother, John Grothe. A funeral service was held Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls. Visitation was held Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2-6 pm at the funeral home and also Sunday from 1-2 before the service. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.