Jean LaPlant 05/24/2015

Jean LaPlant age 86 of New Richmond formerly of Maiden Rock, WI and Red Wing, MN died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.  A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 noon at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel (112 W 3rd St.) in New Richmond with a Memorial Program at 11:00 am.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Delores Godfrey 05/23/2015

Delores GodfreyDelores “Dodi” Godfrey age 83 of Somerset died peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2015 after a struggle with dementia at Comforts of Home in Hudson.  She was born June 7, 1931 in Stillwater, MN.  Delores graduated from Stillwater High School and was a long-time employee at Universal Cooperative in Bloomington, MN.  She enjoyed chaperoning trips with the St. Paul Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.  Delores was an active member at Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset and will be remembered by her family as a loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great-granchild.  She is survived by her children, Richard (Jan) Godfrey, Deborah (Hardy) Skjefte, Wanita (Curtis) Stevens, Lynn (David )Murphy; grandchildren, Daryl Chute, Angela Shew, Brian Shew, Jennifer Mullenix, James Chute, Jr., Kenneth (Justina) Mullenix, Marcus Chute, Tina Shew, Kevin (Nicole)  Mullenix, Alex (Keith) Barton; 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild; sibling, Beverly Halberg; and dear friend, James Chute, Sr.  Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Denise Yeager; sons, Donald and David Godfrey; brothers, Francise and Gerald Yeager; brother-in-law, Norman Halberg; and nephew, Ronald Halberg.  A memorial service will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Christ Lutheran Church (510 Germain St.) in Somerset.  Visitation will also be Friday from 10:00-12:00 at the church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

Jim McKibben 05/22/2015

Jim McKibbenJim McKibben, age 79 of New Richmond, died on Friday, May 22, 2015 at his home.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  Visitation will also be Saturday from 12:00-2:00 pm at the church.  Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Margaret Kramer 05/19/2015

M Kramer obitMargaret J. Kramer, nee Erlitz, age 96 of Hudson, WI and formerly of Beloit, WI, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson after a lengthy illness.  Margaret was born on August 18, 1918 in Stillwater, MN the daughter of Alex and Marie (Nelson) Erlitz and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1936.  She married Darrell Kramer on October 9, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa.  Margaret and Darrell had several business ventures before starting Midwest Directory in 1979.  Margaret was not active in this business and worked for McCleary Industries for ten years.  However, Margaret was happiest being a homemaker and entertaining family and friends.  They also owned the Manor Restaurant in Beloit where they enjoyed dining and dancing.  Margaret and Darrell also like to travel, go fishing in Canada, and entertain on their houseboat.  Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Marie Erlitz; husband, Darrell Kramer; brothers, Albert (Florence), Warren (Violet), Frank, and Donald (Eileen) Erlitz; sister, Lillian (Ed O'Hare, Gene White) O'Hare White; brother-in-law, Russell Bonse; and sister-in-law, Stella Comer.  She is survived by her brother, Charles Erlitz; sisters, Hazel Bonse and Anne (Russell) Nelson; sister-in-law, Beverly Erlitz Lloyd; brother-in-law, Les (Freida) Kramer; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jim (Betty) Ament.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 502 3rd Street Hudson, WI.  Visitation will also be Tuesday from 10-11 am at the funeral home.  Interment will be Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11 am in Eastlawn Cemetery, Beloit, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

Charles Kinkade 05/14/2015

Charles Kinkade photoCharles B. Kinkade "Charlie" age 53 of Riverfalls, Wi died Thursday, May 14, 2015. He is preceded in death by his mother Sharon; survived by his father  Jerry of Eldorado, Il.; sons James and Jake of Ellsworth, Aunt Suellen, many other relatives and friends. 
Charlie moved to Wisconsin from Illinois in 1983, in 1988 he moved to St. Paul and lived there until 2000 when he returned to River Falls. He graduated from UW-River Falls in 1991. Charlie spent a good portion of his career as a Crane Operator and was a member of operating engineers local 49.
He was a avid golfer, loved spending time in the Black Hills, Deadwood and the mountains. Charlie enjoyed playing pool, poker (even if he wasn't very good at it), water skiing in his younger years and his pride and joy were his boys.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street River Falls.  Visitation was also Tuesday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.