Beth Ulrich 07/24/2014

Beth Ulrich obitBeth Ulrich, age 65, died on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 4 pm at St. Bridget's Church in River Falls.  Memorial visitation will also be held on Sunday from 2-4 pm at the church.  Interment will be in St. Anne's Cemetery in Somerset.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Bonnie Snyder 07/22/2014

Bonnie Lou Snyder, age 73, an Osceola native and long time resident of Star Prairie, WI died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Bonnie was born the daughter of Bernette and Myrtle (Hagen) Frarck on October 28, 1940 in St. Paul, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anne's Church in Somerset.  She graduated from Osceola High School with the class of 1958 and later St. Paul Technical College with her LPN.  She married Wayne M. Snyder on May 14, 1960 at St. James Church in St. Paul.  Bonnie worked for Control Data Corporation for 16 yrs and then as an LPN for Allina Health Systems until 2000.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne Snyder; and brothers, Gerald Coffman and Larry Gordon.  Bonnie is survived by her children, Robin Shipman, Douglas (Michelle) Snyder, Charles Snyder, and Paul (Kim Thomason) Snyder; grandchildren, Danial (Kandi) Freeman, Derek (Amy) Freeman, Alexandra Snyder, Matthew Snyder, Paul Snyder, Jr., Alexis Snyder, Brody Snyder, Aaron Warner, Jessica Warner, Melissa Warner, and Nathan Warner; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brooke, Cody, Starr, Alicia, Conar, Sydney, Santiago, Aurora, Cody, Brooklyn, and Jackson; sister, Joyce Coffman-Bacon; and many other relatives and friends.  A Memorial service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel 112 W 3rd Street New Richmond, WI.  Memorial visitation will also be Friday from 5-6 pm at the funeral home.  Interment will be in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, St. Paul Park, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Bruce Johnson 07/18/2014

Bruce JohnsonBruce A. Johnson age 57 of Star Prairie died Friday, July 18, 2014 surrounded by his family.  He was born the son of Virgil and Fern (Percy) Johnson on August 8, 1956 in New Richmond.  Bruce graduated from New Richmond High School in 1974 and received a degree from WITC in 1980 for Packaging Machinery.  On May 15, 1976, he married his High School sweetheart, Patsy L. Shilts.  Bruce spent years working for Liquipak Inc and International Paper Company.  He served as a Village Trustee for the Village of Star Prairie since 2003.  Bruce enjoyed the outdoors by hunting, fishing, golfing, camping and skiing.  He will be missed by his wife, Patsy Johnson; son, Chad Johnson; grandchildren; Caila (Bruce’s “Angel Baby”) and Izik (Bruce’s “Little Buddy”) Johnson; mother, Fern Johnson Schmidt; brother, Rick Johnson; and many other relatives and friends.  Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Deb and Al Everson.  A funeral service was held Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:00 am at Prairieview Covenant Church in Star Prairie.  Visitation was held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the church with a Masonic Service at 8 pm and also Thursday from 10-11 am before the service.  Private interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Star Prairie.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Jeffrey Johnson 07/17/2014

Jeff 2Jeffrey Lee Johnson, 52, of River Falls, Wisconsin, formerly of Jordan, died Tuesday, July 17, 2014.  Visitation will be held at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home on Monday, July 28, 2014, from 4-8pm, and a memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 11am, with a visitation one hour prior.  Online condolences can be left at  Jeff is survived by his wife, Ann; son, Nathan; mother, Norma, of Belle Plaine, MN; Mother-in-law, Helen Zangl of Sleepy Eye, MN; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Cyndi Johnson of Jordan, MN, and Paul and Mary Johnson of LeCenter, MN;  Jim and Janna Zangl of St. Paul, MN, Ruth and Dave Mecklenburg of Sleepy Eye, MN, Charlie Zangl of New Ulm, MN, and Marie and Mark Hippert of Owatonna, MN; nephews and nieces , Jacob and Jeremy Johnson and Makayla Johnson,  Matt Mecklenburg, Pam and Corey Ganser, Sam Mecklenburg, Sadi and Jed Hunstad, Emmy and Kevin Landrum, Pete Zangl, Sara and Ken Beamish, Christopher Hippert, Kevin and Sarah Hippert; and several great nieces and nephews.  Jeff was preceded in death by his father, George; father-in-law, Leo Zangl; sister-in-law, Bobbie McCrea, and nieces, Savanna McCrea and Abby Wood.  Jeffrey Lee Johnson was born on January 17, 1962, to George and Norma (Bohnsack) Johnson.  He was united in marriage to Ann Zangl on September 26, 1992, at Cathedral Church in New Ulm, MN.  After marriage, they lived in Savage, MN, Stanley, WI, and currently River Falls, WI.  Jeff entered the Army in April of 1980 where he received his high school diploma.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in April of 1983, at which time he entered the printing business working as a pressman for twenty years.  In 2001, the light of their lives, Nathan, was born.  Then, in 2003, he and his wife, Ann, left the printing business and started their company, Metro Shear, selling and sharpening salon shears.  At the same time, they purchased a bar and bowling alley in Stanley, which they operated for five years.  After selling that business, they moved to River Falls and continued running their shear business.  Jeff also worked weekends at The Bergquist Company.  Jeff was a loving husband to Ann and a great Dad to Nate.  He was a talented do-it-yourselfer and was passionate about his many projects.  He was always remodeling something and performed absolute miracles getting the old pinsetters working at the bowling alley.  Jeff enjoyed throwing shoes, comedies, fantasy football, bowling, inappropriate humor, camping in Bemidji, fireworks, and loved chocolate of all kinds, especially Ann’s Chocolate Cream pie.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.  

Esther Ovick 07/17/2014

Esther Ovick age 97 died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls.  A Graveside service was held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:35 am at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery assembly area #6, Minneapolis, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.