Rusalind Fernstrom 01/24/2016

Rusalind Fernstrom 552x640Rusalind DeeAnna Fernstrom, age 66 of New Richmond, died on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  She was born the daughter of Russell and Edna Fernstrom on September 16, 1949 in Rice Lake, WI.  Rusalind attended school in Hammond, WI at a first of its kind special needs program.  She worked at the St. Croix County Sheltered Workshop.  Rusalind was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and also attended Faith Community Church.  She enjoyed bowling and competing in the Special Olympics.  She recently was a princess in Crowning Achievements Pageant, loved her friends at PSI, and enjoyed making all kinds of crafts.  Rusalind was a determined, strong willed woman of faith.  She is preceded in death by her father, Russell Fernstrom; and niece, Laurie Fernstrom.  Rusalind is survived by her mother, Edna Fernstrom; siblings, George ( Lynn) Fernstrom, Glenn (Kari Blair) Fernstrom, and Marie (Karl) Mathys; nieces and nephews, Karrie (Mike) Lynch, Jennifer Fernstrom, Kristen (Kyle) Kraft, Nick (Kirsten) Fernstrom, Erin (Ryan) Vanasse, Christopher Fernstrom, Nicole Fernstrom, Gillian Fernstrom, and Glen Fernstrom; great nieces and nephews, Cameron, Norah, Samantha, Ashley, Owen, Isaac, Henry, Bryant, Wyatt, Jaden, and Elijah.  The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11am at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.  Visitation will also be Friday from 10-11am at the church.  Interment will be in Comstock, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Bernard Regeth 01/23/2016

Bernard Regeth age 88 of River Falls died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul, MN. Private graveside service to be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Helen Nelson 01/23/2016

Helen Nelson of River Falls, Wisconsin passed on to eternal life surrounded by her family on January 23, 2016 at the age of 97.  She was a farmer, gardener, champion golfer, homemaker, friend to many and loving matron of the Nelson family. Helen lived a life of happiness, joy and fulfillment. 
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1918, Helen was the daughter of Jessie and John Anderson, a professional golfer who mentored golfers and developed golf courses across the country. Her parents emigrated from St. Andrews, Scotland where the Anderson family had a long history of professional golfers and golf club makers. 
Helen's family ultimately settled in Duluth, Minnesota. At age 16 she left high school to care for her mother Jessie during her long illness. Following her mother's passing, Helen found work at a Duluth sandwich and tea shop and returned to school and obtained her diploma from Duluth Central High School. It was in Duluth that Helen met and married the love of her life, Earl Nelson, a grocery store owner. Together they built a wonderful life and family. 
In 1952 Helen and Earl bought a dairy farm in beautiful Mann Valley near River Falls where Helen would live for 56 years. Helen helped farm the land, care for the cows and chickens, tend to the dogs and cats, and plant bountiful vegetable gardens. With fresh farm foods Helen cooked luscious meals and baked the best breads and cookies for the enjoyment of her farm family. Helen's green thumb with vegetable gardens evolved to a love of perennial flowers which she nurtured to lovely gardens on the farm. 
"Mom's gardens were legendary but she always believed the most beautiful garden she created was her family," said her daughter Bev Palmquist. 
Helen added to her family's golf legacy when she joined the River Falls Golf Club. Over several years she loved golfing with her many friends. She won the Women's Club Championship four times and set a course record for women. "We were so proud of her and loved having her tell us over supper how she won her championship matches," said her son Doug Nelson. 
In 1979 Helen and Earl made a dream come true when they built their beloved Somar Stuga, a charming lake cabin near Hayward in Wisconsin's northwoods. When opening the cabin each summer Helen insisted that the first task was potting geraniums to place on the deck. "She loved sinking her hands in the soil to make sure those plants would thrive all summer long. Her happiest times were with her family at the cabin," said her son Dwight Nelson. 
At age 90, Helen moved to Wellhaven Senior Living in River Falls where she enjoyed wonderful support and shared many happy times with her friends. 
Helen was preceded in death by her husband and best friend Earl Nelson, infant daughter Darlene Nelson, her parents John and Jessie Anderson, her brothers Douglas, Allister and Lloyd Anderson, and her son-in-law Steve Palmquist. She is survived and sorely missed by her children Bev Palmquist, Doug Nelson and Dwight Nelson (Mary Jo); her grandchildren Kristin Palmquist (Tom Giles), Michael Palmquist (Maia Aarsheim), Jonathon Nelson (Sara Paciotti) and Sarah Nelson; her great grandchildren Gus, Else, Mina, Mette, Jake and Henry; and many nieces, nephews and loyal friends. 
A memorial service for Helen will be held at the Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls on Saturday, January 30th with visitation at 10 am and a memorial service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Helen's memory to Wellhaven Senior Living in River Falls that provided outstanding loving care to Helen in her final years or to the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity that provides vital housing services for families in need in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls

Alvin "Al" Hagen 01/16/2016

Alvin "Al"  Hagen age 85 of New Richmond formerly of Hammond died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Our House Assisted Living in New Richmond.  A memorial service was held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home (502 3rd St.) in Hudson.  Visitation was also Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm at the funeral home.  Private interment will be at a later date.  Arrangements are  with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.


Ann Meyer 01/09/2016

Ann T. Meyer, age 88 of New Richmond, formerly of River Falls, died on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at her home.  She was born the daughter of Wilbur and Gertrude (Note) McCann on July 30, 1927 in Eau Claire, WI.  She attended Minneapolis North High School.  In 1943, Ann was married to Chester Bogucki, they were later divorced.  In 1949, Ann was married to John Betzel. They made their home in Prescott, WI.  Ann worked at Jacques Seed Company, and for Dr. Laney.  They later moved to River Falls, WI were Ann worked as a custodian at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  After John's death, Ann met and married Don Meyer.  After Don's death, Ann moved to her home in New Richmond, WI.  Ann was a strong willed, feisty woman with a deep faith.  She enjoyed traveling, genealogy, and going to the casino.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Gertrude McCann; husbands, Chester Bogucki, John Betzel, and Don Meyer; grandson, Bradley Harwell; and siblings, Raymond (Arlene) McCann, Jack (Dorothy) McCann, and Lorraine (John) Weinmeyer.  Ann is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Jack) Laughnan; grandchildren, Chris (Kristi) Harwell, Jill Laughnan, Jodi Laughnan, Jack (Nicole) Laughnan; great-grandchildren, Michelle (Jordan) Parker, Melissa Kester, Courtney Foster, Carly Harwell, Samantha Harwell, Joe Harwell; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  A Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12 noon at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street, River Falls, WI.  Visitation was also Friday from 10 am - 12 noon at the funeral home.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.