Buddy Schnell age 82 of Chaska, MN and formerly of Stillwater, MN, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN. Buddy was born and raised in New Richmond, WI. He was a beloved father and grandfather and was an avid golfer. He is preceded in death by his son, Gregory Schnell; sisters, Veradell Schnell, Lorraine Jackson. Buddy is survived by his children, Barb (Chris) Peebles of Chaska, MN, Jackie (Greg) Gerten of Chaska, MN, Ryan (Shari) Schnell of Ellsworth, WI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Lloyd (Shirley) Schnell of Lee's Summit, MO. A Graveside service was held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, MN. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Beola Bessie Fuller Francis age 84 of New Richmond, WI passed away on February 21st 2014 at the Baldwin Care Center. She was born the daughter of Albin and Bessie Fuller in River Falls WI on November 30, 1929 She married Bernard Francis on May 4th 1957 They lived in River Falls & St. Paul MN for a short time after their marriage then moved to Cylon to make that there home for the rest of their lives. Beola was a homemaker and raised 6 of her own children that she loved deeply, but was a mother to many other children and adults in the community & family. Beola was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Bonnie, brother, Farnum & a grandson Marty Johnson.
She is survived by her six children David (Marlene) Francis, LaVon (Mitchel) Johnson, Judy (Kent) Paulson, Daniel Francis, Carol Francis, Robin (Deallen) Pfeiffer. Her grandchildren are: James (Anne) Briese, Matthew (Amanda) Briese, Credence (Chad) Balsavich, Mitchel (Billi) Holldorf, Micha (Teresa) Holldorf, Elsie (Nick) Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Daniel Gordon, Deontay Pfeiffer, Demitry Pfeiffer, Karissa Pfeiffer, great- grandchildren: Christopher Briese, Madelynn Briese, Gage Briese, Kynlee Briese, Dominc Balsavich, Austin Hanson, Mason Hanson, Brianna Hanson, Oklie Holldorf, Vance Holldorf, Makaila Holldorf, Tianna Holldorf, Brooklyn Holt, Jasper Holt. Furthered survived by her sister Kelly Fuller; her close extended children: Val Feick, Harold Bos Jr., Debbie Bos, George Bos, & Donald Bos; and many nieces and nephews. Beola loved nothing more than to be called MOM. That was music to her ears. Beola has for most of her life had pen pals. She still to this day writes to 10 different pen pals. Beola in later years liked to go to garage sales (even when she couldn’t get out of the car) going to auctions & doing her puzzle books. She will be missed by many, but we know she is in a better place now. She made a difference in this world, not in a big splashy way but doing small things like whispers of advice, kindness to anyone she meets, giving knowledge to her family. A memorial service was held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond. Memorial visitation was also Thursday from 4-6 pm at the funeral home. Private interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Willard "Mike" Ritchey age 85 of Maiden Rock died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born the son of Christopher and Mary (Bledsoe) Walden Ritchey on January 23, 1929 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He grew up in Missouri. Mike began his career in Road Construction which brought him to Wisconsin where he met Colleen Field. They were married on July 20, 1956 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They settled in the Maiden Rock area. Mike continued his career in road construction, working with various companies. He was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and cutting wood. There were many family camping trips and every year on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, people came to "Ritchey's Ranch" to camp and cookout for the holiday. Mike was kind and generous. He was always willing to help others, and took his role as provider for his family very seriously. He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Colleen Ritchey; son, Walter Ritchey; brother, Robert Ritchey; sister, Sylvia Ready; and half-sisters, Effia Winneke and Myrtle Burge. Mike is survived by his children, Betty (Kevin) Herzberg, Robert (Judy) Ritchey, Patsy (Larry) Vegter, Rose Mary Ritchey, Beverly Ritchey, and Pauline (Allen) Gullickson; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11 am at the Maiden Rock United Methodist Church. Visitation was Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock and on Saturday from 10-11 am at the church. Spring interment will be in the Maiden Rock Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.
Richard N. “Dick” Fox age 97 of River Falls died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls. He was born the son of Michael and Margaret (Kline) Fox on December 14, 1916 in Watertown, SD. Dick grew up on a farm with three brothers and three sisters attending K-12 in Watertown. At a very young age, he discovered his love of flying and was taught by a local crop duster pilot. After graduation he attended flight school along with his brother Bill. They operated and managed the airport in Watertown. When WWII started, an Army officer requested that Dick join the Air Corps and soon he became an instructor. While stationed in Iceland, Dick flew countless missions and attained the rank of captain. He married Frances Remington on November 3, 1945. After the war, he flew for American Airlines and in 1949, he moved to River Falls to begin a new career. They lived in River Falls for well over 60 years. Dick was an entrepreneur who in addition to farms, owned the Ace Hardware Store for nearly 50 years, along with several other ventures. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Frances; son, Larry; brothers, Bill, Leo, Mike; and sister, Marie. Richard is survived by his daughters, Kathryn (Bill) Murphy and Mary (Wayne Bugasch) Fox; sons, Richard (Jo Anne) Fox and Steven (Stephanie) Fox; grandchildren, Katie, Julie, Angie, Scott, Stefanie, Kathryn, Matthew, Sarah, Michael, Laura, Sam, Elliott and Leo; great granchild, Aaron; sisters, Louise Wagner and Adelaide Murphy. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Visitation was also Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church. Private interment will be in St. Bridget Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Marcella Spreeman Larson, age 73 of Star Prairie, died peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at her home. Marcella was born the daughter of Ben and Arlyene (Imire) Spreeman on November 1, 1940 in the town of Stanton, WI. The family moved to Huntington, and Marcella attended Star Prairie elementary and New Richmond High School graduating with the class of 1958. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator in New Richmond. On October 8, 1960 she married Roger A. Larson. Roger and Marcella were in automobile accident in 1971 that took Roger's life. She raised their three children on the farm near Deer Park. On February 1, 1976, Marcella married Roger G. Larson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Star Prairie. She was active in her circle at church and with the local Homemakers group. She enjoyed doing crafts. Crocheting, ceramics, painting, and making numerous doll dresses throughout the years. Marcella had a lot of fun traveling. She and Roger traveled to all 50 states and beyond. She especially enjoyed spoiling their dog Sally. Marcella is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Arlyene Spreeman; husband, Roger A. Larson; daughter-in-law, Anna Larson. She is survived by husband, Roger G. Larson; children, Mike Larson, Julie (Jim) Howe, Steve Larson, Jodie (Kurt) Helmrick, Skip Larson; grandchildren, David Larson, LeeAnn (Tim) Heeren, Mandy (Nick) Atzmiller, James (Tracy) Howe, Ben Helmrick, Jacob Helmrick. great-grandchildren, Chase, Reese, and Brynn Atzmiller, and Jack and Zoe Howe; sisters, Virginia Spreeman, Kathleen (John) Weaver; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11 am at Bethany Lutheran Church 415 Bridge Avenue Star Prairie, WI. Memorial visitation was also Thursday from 10-11 am at the church. Memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.