Alona Farr 02/07/2015

Alona Farr 723x800Alona Farr, 62, of River Falls passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 surrounded by the warmth and love of her family.  She was born in Marshall, MN, on May 5, 1952, to the late Isabell and Melvin Urke.  In Marshall, Alona would establish many lifelong relationships, including meeting her husband, soulmate and life partner of 45 years, Jim.  After living in various locations across the United States for education, occupations, and adventure, Alona and Jim, along with their two young children settled in River Falls to raise their family.  Alona was a loving and devoted mother, who found life’s greatest joys in raising her daughter, Tasha, and her son, James.  As an adult student, Alona graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving a Vocational Rehabilitation degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Alona had an extensive career as an advocate for children and women in the River Falls community.  Alona is survived by her husband, Jim; daughter; Tasha, son-in-law David and grandson Ari, all of River Falls; her son James, of New Orleans, LA; sisters, brothers; loving extended family and many dear friends.  A Celebration of Alona’s Life was held Thursday, February, 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm at First Congregational Church, River Falls.  Visitation was also Thursday from 1-2 pm at the church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.


Sherman Belisle 02/01/2015

S Belisle obitSherman J. Belisle, age 77, of Somerset, WI passed peacefully surrounded by his family on the farm that he called home for 65 years.  He was born the son of Dick and Adele (Montpetit) Belisle on December 31, 1937 in the town of St. Joseph, St. Croix County, WI.  Sherman worked for West Publishing in St. Paul and Eagan for 38 years.  He loved ice fishing, gardening, and playing cards.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.  He was an ardent high school football fan - very excited for the Somerset Spartans, very proud of his grandsons’ Athens, WI Blue Jays, as well as a Green Bay Packer fan.  Sherman is preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Adele Belisle; brothers, Wallace (Carol) Belisle and Wilbur Belisle; and sister, Alice (Bob) Swearingen.  He is survived by his wife, Donna (Knutson) Belisle; sons, Brad (Cathy Baker) Belisle, Scott (Allison Heller) Belisle, Jim (Tammy Marg) Belisle; daughter, Juli Lepore;  grandchildren, Michael Kvistero, Laura Belisle, Diane Olson, Sarah (Zach Flake) Belisle, Dalton (Jocelyn Welch) Kvistero, Jordan Belisle, Connor Belisle, Nathan Belisle, Jared Belisle; great-grandchildren, Layla Belisle, Mylah Olson, Bennett Kvistero; sister, Virgie (Lowell) Rivard; brother, Glen (Muriel); sister-in-law, Audrey Belisle; and many nieces and nephews.  Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11 am at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Somerset, WI.  Visitation was also Thursday from 9-11 am at the church.  Interment was in St. Anne’s Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Sherman’s grandchildren.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Carl Oehlke 01/29/2015

Carl R. Oehlke age 92 of rural Hammond, died on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his home.Carl was born July 26, 1922 to Carl H. and Flossie (McHattie) Oehlke in Cottage Grove, MN.  He was married to Dorothy M. Doehling on December 28, 1945. They were blessed with four children.  Carl attended U of M Farming School, and used his knowledge and love of the land first in Cottage Grove, then in Hammond, WI after relocating in 1953. Carl’s passion was farming the land and producing a bountiful crop. After retiring from the farm, he continued this love by planting trees, grapevines and shrubs. Recently he had been making plans for what he would plant this spring.  He never wanted to stop working. After “retiring” from the farm in the early 1980’s he continued to work at a variety of jobs where he could share his knowledge. His last job was at Menards in Hudson where he felt that at 90 years old, it was finally time to retire for good  Carl was an active member at St. Luke’s Lutheran church in New Richmond, WI serving in a variety of positions on the board over many years, always willing to serve when there was a need.  His dedication to farming prompted him to commit much of his time to St. Croix County Farm Bureau.  He served on the board for countless years, always advancing the needs of farmers through its activities.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Deborah LeTourneau and granddaughter Faith Ann LeTourneau.  He is survived by his son Dean (Linda) Oehlke, Clayton; and daughters Constance (William) Georgius, Hammond; Gayle (Daniel) Brooks, Hudson; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  A memorial service was held Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  Visitation was also Sunday from 1:00- 2:00 pm at the church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Grace Bentley 01/23/2015

G BentleyGrace M. Bentley passed away on January 23, 2015 at age 97 at the St. Croix Health Center.  Grace was born in New  Richmond, Wisconsin on January 27, 1917, the only daughter of Arthur and Mabel (Halvorson) LaVenture of New Richmond. Grace married Howard Bentley in 1943.  He was a WW II US Army veteran who died on Grace’s birthday in 1973.  Grace remained active volunteering with the First Lutheran Church and the New Richmond American Legion Auxiliary, Post 80. Grace and Howard did not have any children.  The Bentley/Halvorson family thanks the wonderful staff at the St. Croix Health Center for their love and support of Grace.  A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11 am at First Lutheran Church 218 County Road K New Richmond.  Visitation was also Wednesday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Enola Loney 01/22/2015

Enola Loney obitEnola Joy Loney age 88 of New Richmond and formerly of Baldwin died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.  She was born the daughter of Ed and Bessie (Simonsen) West on January 15, 1927 in Wilson, WI.  In 1944, Enola graduated from Milltown High School.  She began working for Brown & Bigelow Co.  On September 28, 1948, she married Edwin Loney in Milltown.  The couple farmed north of Woodville for 39 years.  She was a good money manager and kept the books for their business.  Her family loved her cooking and baking, especially rosettes and pies.  She enjoyed keeping everyone fed with home cooked meals and crocheting afghans for her family and friends.  Enola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; and three sisters, Ruby (Mike) Krizan, June Frandsen, and Virginia Gullickson.  She is survived by her sons, Steven (Beth) Loney and Clark Loney; grandchildren, Scott Loney and Lynnette (Emmanuel) Barrios; great granddaughters, Samantha Barrios, Ashley Barrios, Jordyn Loney, several nieces and nephews and special friends Jean Kamm and Elaine Ritter.  A private graveside service was held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Baldwin Cemetery.  Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.