Louellyn Nestingen 04/25/2015

Louellyn Wilma Reiss Nestingen, who died on April 25, 2015 at Comforts of Home in River Falls, was born in Forrest, Wisconsin, on April 13, 1924. The oldest daughter of Jacob and Lena Reiss (Alits) she had two younger siblings, Margret and Norman.  Her family moved to western Canada for a short period of time during the dust storms of the 30’s, returning to Deer Park, Wisconsin, where her parents farmed. Louellyn graduated from Amery High School in 1943 and attended River Falls State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1946 with a degree in History and English.  
For two years, beginning in 1946 Louellyn taught in Rice Lake and then, captured by the spirit of adventure, she moved to Rawlins, Wyoming to teach for two years. Returning to Wisconsin in 1950, Louellyn began to teach English in Spring Valley. While there she met and married John Nestingen, continuing to teach until she had two of her four children. After two more children and a ten-year teaching hiatus, Louellyn resumed to her teaching career at the Ellsworth High School and continued to teach while returning to the University of Wisconsin River Falls for her Master’s Degree in English, graduating in 1977. 
During the time she taught at Ellsworth, Louellyn continued her advocacy efforts for a number of years. She worked to strengthen the rights of teachers through the Wisconsin Education Association Board. Louellyn was an active member of the Democratic Party for 40 years, running for legislative office in 1980.  
Upon retirement, Louellyn began another great adventure; she travelled to China and taught English in Hangzhou, China for a year, 1985 to 1986. Returning to the US Louellyn was so excited about traveling in China that she figured out a way to serve as a guide for two extended trips to Tibet. She also taught English in Russia and traveled with her children, her niece Kathy, and friends to England, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. 
Probably the greatest adventure, the most fun, and the greatest challenge for Louellyn was being the mom to her brood of four children. Lou’s sense of humor, keen intelligence, ability to say ‘no’ and endless energy were necessary strengths as she shepherded her children to adulthood. Lou was a grandmother to 16 delightful children and great-grandmother to 3 beautiful kids, and she enjoyed being an Aunt to her three nieces. Louellyn is survived by children Jon Leif (Karen), Signe (Kirt), Eddie (Annie) and Kari Nestingen-Hussey (Rick), sister Margaret Johnson (Wes) and their daughters and her brother Norman Reiss. Louellyn was preceded in death by her mother and father, and sister-in-law Judy Reiss.  
Lou’s family would like to acknowledge, and thank, the Comforts of Home Memory Care unit staff and the Saint Croix Hospice care team for the dedicated, compassionate, and loving care generously provided to Louellyn.  
A celebration of Life will be held at 6 PM on May 29 at the Bakken-Young Funeral home in River Falls (www.bakken-young.com). Please join the family for conversation and quiche. Memorials preferred to the Saint Croix Hospice.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.


Donna Forrest 04/23/2015

Donna Forrest age 88 of Prairie Farm died Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Barron, WI.  A memorial service was held Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the New Richmond United Methodist Church.  Visitation was also Sunday from 1:00-2:00 pm at at the church.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Emerald, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Jeffrey Boardman, Jr 04/23/2015

J Boardman obitJeffrey Scott Boardman, Jr. age 28 of New Richmond, died on April 23, 2015 from injuries sustained in an accident.  Jeff was born the son of Jeffrey and Heidi Boardman on February 12, 1987 in Waseca, MN.  The family moved to New Richmond in 1988.  Jeff attended New Richmond High School.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and socializing with family and friends.  He was a strong willed, free spirited man.  He had a kind heart, was a prankster, and could dish it out as well as receive it.  Jeff was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friend.  He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Benjamin Boardman and Allen Heinbuch; and aunt, Kim Norlander.  He is survived by his father, Jeffrey (Shari) Boardman; mother, Heidi Boardman; siblings, Becky Lutz, Elizabeth (Ed) Benyo, Jeremy (Lizzie) Ziemer, Joshua Ziemer, Jeb Ziemer; grandmothers, Elaine Boardman and Marcia Heinbuch; aunts and uncles, Brad Boardman, Greg (Renee) Boardman, Chris Boardman, Marlo (Lori) Fritz, Karen Fritz, Tom Schnitzler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  A Celebration of Jeff’s Life was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1-5 pm with a memory sharing service at 4 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel 112 W 3rd Street New Richmond.  Private interment was in Boardman Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Rita Krueger 04/21/2015

Rita KruegerRita Krueger age 84, formerly of New Richmond, WI, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Texas.  She was born the daughter of Herman and Rose (Droste) Gnewotta on July 10, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Rita graduated from West Tech High School in Cleveland, with the class of 1948.  She married W. James Krueger on June 7, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Rita worked for Dobeckmun Co. in Cleveland, the New Richmond News and the New Richmond School District in the central office and at the high school.  The Kruegers moved to New Richmond, WI in 1971.  Rita enjoyed knitting Barbie clothes and intricate sweaters and afghans for family members, watching the skydivers in Baldwin, WI, eating out with friends and regular visits to nursing home residents.  She helped start the Golden Girls group at St. Luke's, took care of the cradle roll, as well as being a member of the church choir, W.I.S.E. group and LWML.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman & Rose (Droste) Gnewotta; brothers, Milton and Gilbert Gnewotta; sister, Lois Zeuch; husband, Rev. W. James Krueger; and son, John Krueger.  Rita is survived by her children, Mark Krueger, Jean Krueger, Linda Hill and Beckie Johnson; grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua and Stephanie Johnson, Nathaniel and Vicki Hill, Rachel Krueger, and Sarah Teppen; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Ariana and Lana Johnson and John Barrett Hill; and a special Cousin, Bernice Griesbach.  A funeral service was held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:30 am at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  A visitation was Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and also Saturday from 9:30-10:30 am at the church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, New Richmond, WI or Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Texas-Dallas/Fort Worth.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Wallace "Wally" Johnson 04/19/2015

Wallace JohnsonWallace F. “Wally” Johnson  died peacefully in his sleep on  Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at the age of 91.
Wally was born on July 7, 1923 in Valley Springs South Dakota.  He worked for the 3Cs before joining the U.S. Navy in 1942.  He served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign during World War II, participating in five D-Days.  After an Honorable Discharge he worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers, as a a captain of the tug Duluth in the Duluth, MN and Superior, WI harbor.
He married the love of his life, JoAnne M. Johnson and had two children, daughter Melody (Frank) Lavelle of Lancaster, WI and son Craig (Sarah) Johnson of New Richmond, WI.  He was a proud grandpa to Rusty Lavelle, Megan (George) Kutterna, Natalie, Zach, and Zeb Johnson.  He was also a proud great grandpa to "Little" George Kutterna.
Wally was a generous, quiet man who loved to fish, garden and watch the Brewers. He will be missed by his family and those who had a chance to see the sparkle in his eyes.
A short Celebration of Life Service was 3 pm Saturday April 25th at The Deerfield Chapel.  Visitation was at 2 pm All are welcome to attend and celebrate Wally's life. 
The family would like to thank The Deerfield and Westfield Hospital staff for their care and dedication. Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.