Rev. Orlan G. Zuberbier, age 79 of New Richmond, WI, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Comforts of Home in Hudson, WI. Orlan was born the son of Gerhardt and Minnie (Wattjes) Zuberbier on July 21, 1935 in Oconto, WI. He grew up in Rankin, WI where they lived through his 7th grade year. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Milwaukee in 1952 and then from Concordia College. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in Springfield, IL and was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in August of 1962. Orlan served in the U.S. Marines from 1955 – 1958. On June 11, 1960 he was married to Jo Ann Schaefer in Mt. Prospect, IL. Rev. Zuberbier served as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jennings, LA, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latimer, IA, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond, WI. He retired on August 12, 1997. Orlan enjoyed woodworking, playing his guitar, and painting. He loved the lake, riding his motorcycle, and his dogs (Boxers). He was dedicated, organized, and paid close attention to detail. He was loving and caring, and showed concern and compassion for those he met. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerhardt and Minnie Zuberbier; and nephew, Scott Zuberbier. Orlan is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Zuberbier; children, Todd Zuberbier, Gregg (Rebecca) Zuberbier, Dawn (William) Flatt; grandchildren, Joseph Flatt, Angela Flatt, Katherine Flatt; siblings, Ramona (Robert) Scheimann, Larry (Carol) Zuberbier; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11 am at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation was on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel and on Tuesday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Star Prairie, WI. Memorials may be directed to St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Douglas R. Strom, age 57 passed away peacefully at his home in Maiden Rock, WI on April 3, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by loving wife of 34 years, Michele; children, Jennifer Strom and Jeffrey Strom; grandson, Harvey Reese; father, Raymond Strom; brother, Steven Strom; sisters, Cheryl (Don) LaChapelle and Carolyn Falkowski; many beloved nieces and nephews. Doug was a gentle, loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather. He will be missed by all whose lives he has touched. Memorial Mass was held at 10 am on April 18, 2015 followed by a luncheon at 11 am at St. Clement Catholic Church 901 24th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN. Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.
Jeffrey Cole, age 62 of Star Prairie, WI, passed away at his home on April 1, 2015. Jeffrey was born on November 10, 1952, to Wayne and Gladys Cole in New Richmond, WI and was the only son and youngest of two children. He attended grade school, middle school and graduated from New Richmond High School. Shortly after graduation he started a long and successful career with Andersen Windows of Bayport MN. He held many roles within Andersen’s which included a lot of travel, continued education and many special projects before retiring after 38 years. He enjoyed many aspects of life including lake life on Cedar Lake, many hunting adventures and also following many sports, especially those involving the Badgers and the Packers. Jeffrey was preceded in Death by his mother, Gladys (Rydberg) Cole and father, Wayne Cole, his sister, Nancy (Cole) Parnell and brother-in-law, Donavan "Butch” Parnell. He is survived by nephew, Sean Parnell and wife Pollee Parnell and their two daughters, Isabelle and Alexandra, along with many special friends and family. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 12-4 pm at UW in Wonderoos. Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
William R. Barker passed away at the age of 86 on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Lutheran Home after a brief hospitalization. A life-long resident of River Falls, he married Joy Schryver (1950), and they were blessed with two children, David (1952) and Barbara (1960). Bill was known for his way with cars, and served as the Parts Manager at Moody’s car dealership until his retirement.
Bill loved to fly and was a charter member of the River Falls Flying Club. He also enjoyed traveling, whether camping in Alaska or traveling through Germany. He was also an avid photographer. After Joy’s death in 2002, he married Marguerite Hoffman in 2003.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Olga Margrethe (Christoffersen) Barker; wife, Joy; sister, LaVerne; and an infant daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Barker of River Falls; son, David (Carole Kelly) Barker of Birmingham, AL; and daughter, Barbara (Jim) Bjork of St. Paul, MN.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:00 am at First Congregational United Church of Christ in River Falls. Visitation was also Tuesday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ (110 N 3rd St.) River Falls or the River Falls Public Library (140 Union St.). Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.