Ernie Westerback age 98 born June 24, 1916 and died October 29, 2014. He was a bowler, golfer, organizer, teacher, woodworker and dancer. Ernie started his teaching career in a one room country school. He then shared a two room country school with his wife, Hazel. He ended his teaching years in a middle school in Cedarburg, WI. His teaching was marked with creativity and drama. He met his wife, Hazel in a dance club where she was his brother’s girlfriend. He and Hazel danced beautifully together into their late 80’s. Ernie started senior bowling and golfing leagues and was active in these until late in life. His woodworking skills were exceptional. His prize piece is a grandfather clock that he made with his grandson. Ernie is one of 10 children of Anna and Matti Westerback who were immigrants from Finland. Ernie and Hazel have one daughter, Lute Berkey (Dan deceased) of River Falls and grandson, Sean (Gale) and their children, Mackenna and Quinn of Anchorage, Alaska. He spent his last few years living with his daughter and then was lovingly cared for at Comforts of Home in River Falls. He ended his life with teasing and humor to the very last day with his blue eyes sparkling. A memorial service will be held at Comforts of Home where he was greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Duane L. Lewis age 90 of Hammond died on Monday, October 27, 2014 at his home. Duane was born the son of Stanley and Elsie (Benoy) Lewis on December 30, 1923 in Roberts, WI. He attended grade school and graduated from Roberts High School. After graduation he served in the Army from October 1943 and was discharged in February 1946. He served in the Philippines, New Guinea, and Japan. While in Luzon Philippines, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. After his service he attended UW River Falls for a short time. He bought his farm in 1947 by Hammond and farmed all his life. On August 23, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lorna Henschen at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne, MN. They were married for 65 years. He was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 432 of Hammond. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Elsie Lewis; wife, Lorna Lewis; and brother-in-law, Keck Frederick. Duane is survived by his children, Christine (Jerry Strese) Hanson, Cynthia (Michael) Gleason, Evan (Rossina) Lewis; grandchildren, Erik (Lori) Hanson, Ryan (Sarah) Hanson, Pierce Hanson, Michaela (Josh) Knodle, Christian Gleason, Jeremy (Jessica) Lewis, Brock Lewis, Sean (Sarah) Lewis; 7 great-grandsons; brother, Bernard (Bernice) Lewis; sisters, Donna (David) Ray, Roene Frederick, Shirley (Pat) Casey, Sharon Hamilton; and many nieces, nephews relatives and friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11 am at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Baldwin. Visitation will also be Friday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment will be in the Baldwin Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the American Legion Post 432 of Hammond. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.
Larry Bellinger age 73 of Roberts passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. He was born March 4, 1941 in Kirksville, MO. He married Judy Williams and they had 6 children, who he was very proud of. Larry worked for the Ford Motor Company in St. Paul for 32 years, he retired in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Elizabeth (Glenn) Van Someren, Cheryl (Ron) Pittman, Ann (Don) Krupa, John (Mary Jo) Bellinger, Mike (Sheila) Bellinger, Laura (James) Wedl; grandchildren, Jacob, Josh, and John Van Someren, Abby and Lucas Pittman, Michael and Megan Krupa, Jack and Joseph Bellinger, Hayden Bellinger, Brianna Wedl; great-grandchild, Payton Van Someren; brother, Gale Bellinger; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Lela Brown. A memorial gathering was held Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 5-7 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Audrey A. Halverson, nee Pemble, age 83 of River Falls died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Comforts of Home in Hudson. Audrey was born the daughter of Carl and Alice (Sturm)Pemble on September 4, 1931 in St. Paul, MN. She grew up in the town of Troy on the St. Croix River. Audrey was a graduate of River Falls High School with the class of 1949. On January 14, 1950 she was married to DeLone "Bud" Halverson at the Pemble home on the St. Croix River. Audrey worked with her father in his factory, Pemble Lab. which later became Pemble-Halverson, Inc. The companies made OTABS, which were used to keep bait alive for fisherman. Audrey also served as township clerk, treasurer and on the zoning-planning committee in the township of Clifton. She enjoyed spending weeks up north at their cabin in Gordon, WI. with Bud, in the fall and especially "Halloween Weekend" with all the kids. She also enjoyed her garden, sewing and tole painting. Audrey was passionate about leaving this earth a better place by working with the Sierra Club, and educating people about "Buck Thorn". She was a strong, confident woman who did all the things mothers do. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Alice Pemble; husband, DeLone "Bud" Halverson; and brother-in-law, Gene Wilson. Audrey is survived by her sons, Harold (Chris) Halverson and Howard (Michele) Halverson; grandchildren, Eric Halverson, Alicia (Nick) Davis, Dan (Crystal) Halverson; great-grandchildren, Megan Halverson, Madelyn Halverson, Shakira Davis, Talan Davis, Corbin Halverson; sister, Rose Marjorie Wilson; and many other relatives and friends. Memorials may be directed to Ezekiel Lutheran Church WELCA, The Sierra Club, or The Kinnickinnic Land Trust. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11 am at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls. Memorial Visitation was also Thursday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Mann Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Raymond "Ray" LaVon Peterson, of New Richmond, WI died on Sunday, Oct 19 surrounded in love by his family at The Gables. Ray was born in Wanderoos to Oscar and Tilley (Martinson) Peterson. Ray graduated from New Richmond. After High School he worked as a butter maker at Maple Island Dairy. He owned and operated Peterson Dairy, delivering milk to New Richmond and the surrounding area for over 25 years. Ray was the head of a large family and lived a very active life! You would see Ray at the ballpark, playing in his early years and later watching his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Baseball and fishing were his passions. Many fishing stories cover generations of Ray's family. You would find him around town on his "normal rounds," playing cards with friends and family, or watching his family play baseball, hockey or any Tiger sports. If not at those places, you would inevitably find Ray watching the MN Twins, Wild, or Vikings on TV. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joretta (Nygaard) Peterson, Brothers Clarence, Lyle, Harlan, and Mervyn, Sisters Gladys Jensen, Loretta Peterson, grandchildren Corey Peterson, Chad Peterson and great grandchildren Tyson Rousar, Jack Ulrich. He is survived by children Greg (Carol) Peterson, Rhonda Shilts, Terry (Debbie) Peterson, Julie Peterson, Kevin Peterson, Laurie (Jeff) Tarman, Brian (Debbie) Peterson, Cindy (Rick) Melby, and Mike "Minnow" (Kerri) Peterson, 23 Grandchildren, 31 Great Grandchildren, and sisters Lorraine Soderquist and Audrey Belisle. A funeral service was held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond. Visitation was Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4-8 pm at First Lutheran Church and also Wednesday from 10-11 am before the service. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.