Charlotte Kadow 03/11/2015

C Kadow obitCharlotte C. Kadow age 96 of Red Wing and formerly of the Milwaukee area died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Potters Ridge in Red Wing.  She was born September 10, 1918 in Edgerton, WI the daughter of George and Margaret (Dates) Kruckenberg.  Charlotte grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Edgerton High School.  After graduation she attended Mt. Sinai Nursing School in Milwaukee and became a RN working in home health care.  Charlotte married Harry Kadow.  Charlotte was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She always kept a large garden, enjoyed working on geneolgy, and needlepoint.  Charlotte took great pride in her grandchildren and always showed her care, concern and love for her family.  Her family remembers her as a strong women who always obeyed the rules.  She is survived by her children, Robert (Carol) Kadow, Jean Masse; daughter-in-law, Mary (Paul) Kadow Pinter Scott; grandchildren, Dana (Juli) Kraft, Brian (Laurie) Kraft, Krista Coffey, Timothy (Tara) Kadow, Robyn (Ryan) Trannel, Michael (Brooke) Kadow, Elizabeth Kadow, Mark (Amber) Masse, Beth (Todd) Collins, Michael Kadow; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, David (Darlene) Kruckenberg, and Malcolm Kruckenberg.  Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Kadow, daughter and son-in-law, Elaine (Ed) Kraft; son, Craig Kadow; sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Bill) Dietze; son-in-law, Jim Masse.  A memorial service was held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Red Wing.  Visitation was also Saturday from 1-2 pm at the church.  Private interment will be in the Pine Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Milwaukee.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock

Gilmer "Budd" Berger 03/10/2015

Budd BergerGilmer A. "Budd" Berger, age 86 of Roberts, WI, and formerly of Thief River Falls, MN, died on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the River Falls Wisconsin Area Hospital.  Budd was born the son of Gilmer M. and Astrid (Nelson) Berger on January 23, 1929 in Greenbush, MN.  He graduated from Greenbush High School with the class of 1947.  He married Jackilyn Gullikson in 1953.  Budd served in the U.S. Army.  He worked in construction for a few years, then worked for the State of Minnesota as a Drivers License Examiner for many years.  Budd was a friendly, social guy who loved farming, fishing, hunting and spending time wtih his grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jackilyn; son Greg Berger; and daughter Pam Berger.  Budd is survived by his sons, Mitchell (Wanda) Berger, Scott (Rachel) Berger; daughters-in-law, Robbie Berger and Kathy Gelling; grandsons, Blaine Berger, Lance Berger, David Jensen, Hank Berger, Vaughn Berger; great-grandchildren, Jack, Maxwell, Joe, Quincy, Tiphanie, Hailey.  A private family gathering was held in Hudson, WI on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

Eloise Harsdorf 03/09/2015

Eloise HarsdorfEloise Vivian Harsdorf passed away peacefully surrounded by family March 9, 2015 at the age of 87 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, WI.  

Eloise was born June 6, 1927, the daughter of Arthur and Edith (Anderson) Sodergren in Scandia, MN.  Eloise was a great homemaker and gardener, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  

Eloise was known for her beautiful flower gardens, both in and out of the house.  She loved painting outdoor and wildlife scenes.  She enjoyed music, playing the Hawaiian guitar in her youth and later in life playing the organ.  Eloise’s kindness and compassion reflected her love for our Lord and she shared that faith with her family.  She and her husband were active and faithful members at Ezekiel Lutheran Church and she enjoyed the fellowship of the “Sarah Circle”. 

While Eloise’s passion was gardening, baking, and nurturing her flowers, she loved traveling with her husband, Ervin.  The couple visited over 13 foreign countries from Morocco to Germany and Sweden.

Eloise is survived by her four children, Roxy (Wade) Carlson of Lindstrom, MN, Susie (Steve) Josephson of Cannon Falls, MN, Jim (Lanette) Harsdorf of Beldenville, WI, and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, WI.  Grandchildren, Julie (David) Rahaim, Matthew (Meta) Carlson, Sean (Jumi Hayaki) Josephson, Sonja (Jeremy) Beyerlein, Scott (Valerie) Josephson, Johnathan (Bridget) Harsdorf, Kristina (Drew) Johnson, Laura (Tom) Benitz, Justin Harsdorf and Ryan (Harsdorf) Bailey; 18 great-grandchildren.  

Preceding her in death were her parents, Arthur and Edith Sodergren; her husband, Ervin Harsdorf; sister, Phyllis Wurst; son-in-law, Vernon Bailey; and great-granddaughter, Claire Elizabeth Harsdorf.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 am at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls.  Visitation was also held Saturday before the service at the church.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to Ezekiel Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Home or Adoray Hospice.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.



Lois Bradley 03/09/2015

L Bradley obitLois Genevieve Hunter Bradley died as gracefully as she lived, on March 9, 2015.
The only daughter of William Earl and Genevieve Hunter, she was born in River Falls on March 23, 1927.  She graduated from River Falls High School in 1944, then enrolled at what is now UW-River Falls.  While there she met her husband, John..  They were on the college debate team together, sharing their love of words and civil discourse
Lois and John were married on April 6, 1946.  She always said that when she first moved to the family dairy farm she knew how to make only chocolate sauce and fudge.  After reading about it at the County Extension office, she and a couple of neighbors founded the Kinnickinnic Homemakers Club, where she learned to decorate cakes, tool leather and weave basketry in addition to learning about cooking, baking and canning.  
She planted an enormous garden each year, where there was always a bed of strawberries among all the vegetables.  She was an accomplished bread maker.  Her pies were incomparable.  Her doughnuts and cookies - simply vanished.  She understood the way food and love are related and she fed, and loved, her family and friends countless times over the years.  She set a beautiful table.
A gracious hostess, she wasn’t afraid to open her home to large gatherings: her 50th class reunion, a pig roast/fundraiser for Congressman Steve Gunderson, family reunions and frequent family gatherings.
Lois served her community.  She volunteered at church and sang in the choir.  She was a 50 year local chapter member and held state offices in the Order of Eastern Star.  She served on and chaired the Hospital Auxiliary.  She worked as an elections clerk and election canvasser for decades.  She was a Wisconsin delegate to the 1984 Republican National Convention.
Lois worked at UW-RF in the purchasing department from  1962 until her retirement in 1989.  During this time she also continued her college education, working toward a degree in speech pathology.  
Lois became an accomplished quilter.  She traveled the country attending workshops in quilting and appliqué techniques, taught classes from her home and made and gifted beautiful quilts to her daughters.  Her special loves were appliqué, piecework and hand-quilting.  
Lois enjoyed traveling with John, with her daughters and with friends.  She twice traveled to Hawaii.  She and John drove the Al-Can Highway in 1977, before it was paved.  They cruised the fjords of Norway, the Panama Canal and the coast of Western Canada and Alaska.  They traveled to destinations such as New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington DC.  They visited their daughters in California and North Carolina.  Lois also enjoyed trips to the Grand Canyon with her daughters, to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore with her daughters and granddaughters, and to Amish quilting country in Indiana and Pennsylvania with friends.  But the destination Lois loved the most was Venture Out, in Mesa AZ, where she and John missed more than twenty Wisconsin winters, enjoying warmer weather with special friends from across the country and Canada.
When asked about life accomplishments, Lois would say that she was most proud of raising her four daughters.  She showed them how to create homes where their families could thrive, and about the importance of being productive, every day.  She impressed on her daughters how fortunate they were to have sisters and the importance of staying in touch, regardless of distance or inconvenience.  Lois taught her daughters to work hard and to garden, preserve food, sew, cook, bake and treat animals (and people) with kindness.  
Appreciation of literature and music were central parts of who she was, and she shared her love of both with her daughters and grandchildren.  She valued honesty and expected nothing less from those she loved.  The life she led exemplified her lifelong commitment to culture, responsibility and community service.  We shall miss her.
Lois was the devoted mother of Lee (Roger) Engebreth, Lynne (Peter) Hiltz; Gwen (Kevin) Kuchevar and Gail Buller; the delighted grandmother of Aaron (Katherine Caldwell) Engebreth, Elizabeth (Kyle) Bonderson, John (Nancy Olson) Engebreth, Rebecca (Brent) Albrecht, Karen Kuchevar (fiancé Tim Cox), Paul Buller and Cliff Buller; and the overjoyed great-grandmother of Daphne, Cora and Leo Engebreth and Henry, Sylvia and Haakon Bonderson.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, John W. Bradley, her parents, W. Earl and Genevieve (O’Mara) Hunter, her brothers, Robert and William, and son-in-law, Don Buller.
Lois lived her last four years at Comforts of Home in River Falls.  During the final months of her life, she and her family benefitted greatly from the support of St Croix Hospice.  During their time together, staff from both organizations cared for Lois and her loved ones devotedly, and with profound affection.  Her family requests that those wishing to honor her memory consider making gifts to either organization or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

A Memorial Service was held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11 am at the First Congregational Church 110 N 3rd Street River Falls.  Memorial visitation was also Friday from 10-11 am at the church.  Private interment was in Kinnickinnic Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Wayne Rundquist 03/07/2015

Wayne RundquistWayne Donald Rundquist age 83 of Stockholm passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.  He was born the son of Waldemar and Henrietta (Johnson) Rundquist on February 2, 1932 in rural Pepin County.  On August 22, 1953, he married Maxine Johnson.  Wayne took pride in his work and success as a dairy farmer his entire life.  He was a life-long member of Sabylund Lutheran Church.  He served on the Church Board and sang in the Church Choir.  Wayne also served his community as a supervisor on the Stockholm Town board, a member of the NFO (National Farmer Organization), and as a volunteer fire-fighter on the Lund Fire Department.  He enjoyed traveling overseas, watching sports, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Wayne will be remembered for his great sense of humor and also for his generosity and kindness toward family, friends, neighbors and all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife, Maxine; children, Greg (Doug Fenn) of Sheboygan, Patti (Vernon) Andrews of Ellsworth, Brian (Tracy) Rundquist of Pepin, Cindy Rundquist of Alma, Tim (Amy) Rundquist of Prescott and Mike (Nicole) Rundquist of Prescott; grandchildren, Ben Andrews, Eric Andrews, Melissa Rundquist, Miranda (Aaron) Gray, Kyle Rundquist, Gavin Walk, Karis Walk, Sophie Walk, Chelsea (Jason) Ivers, Ryan (fiance’, Amber Winters)Reidt, Sophia Reidt, Mariah Rundquist, Derek Rundquist, Morgan Blair, Brandon Rundquist, Madasyn Rundquist; great-grandson, Grayson Rundquist; sisters, Marjorie Anderson of Plum City and Bonnie (Lester) Annen of Winnebago, MN.  Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph Rundquist and sister, Ruby Samuelson.  A funeral service was held Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Sabylund Lutheran Church in rural Stockholm.  Visitation was also held on Thursday from 10:00-12:00 noon at the church.  Private interment will be in the Sabylund Church Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.