Paul Wienke 06/08/2014

Paul WienkePaul Wienke, 91, of New Richmond passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Westfields Hospital with his family by his side.  Paul was born on April 6, 1923, in Glenwood City, WI, to Walter Henry and Alta (Ziemer) Wienke.  On December 29, 1944, he married Leitha Mae Christensen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenwood City, WI.  Paul grew up in Forest and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  He served in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II and was a POW.  He and Leitha had a farm outside of Glenwood City for many years and moved to New Richmond in 1963.  For a while he owned Paul’s Texaco on Somerset Road and also worked for many years at Friday Canning Corporation.  He was a member of the VFW Post 10818 New Richmond and a member of the Indianhead Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.  He was an avid newspaper reader and enjoyed watching news programs and listening to “old time” music.  He thoroughly enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Leitha, his daughter and son-in-law, Loreen and Dale Moe, his parents, brothers, Harris, Arthur, and Melvin, and sister, Dorothy Vande Vrede.  He is survived by two children, Lavonne Wienke (Joe Lado), Arlington, VA, Steven (Patrice) Wienke, Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren, Daniel (Julie) Moe of River Falls, Kari (Jeffrey) Hoefer of Baldwin, Jennifer Moe of Baldwin, Jared (Debra) Moe of Emerald, Melissa (Layne) Olson of Las Vegas, NV, and Eric Lado of Arlington, VA; seven great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Emily, and Sarah Hoefer, Morgan and Miranda Moe, and Kayla and Justin Moe; brother, Walter (Berneita) Wienke of River Falls; numerous nieces, nephews, and relatives.  A funeral service was held Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  Visitation was held Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 5-8 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel and also Thursday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 10818 of New Richmond.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.



Orene Longsdorf 06/05/2014

Longsdorf obitOrene B. Longsdorf, age 80 of Pepin, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Pepin Manor Care Center.  She was born the daughter of Arthur and Henrietta (Helgoe) Johnson on January 22, 1934 in Nelson, WI.  She grew up in Nelson and was a graduate of Pepin High School.  On December 30, 1955, Orene was married to Neil Longsdorf at the Little Brown Church in Waukon, Iowa.  They farmed, and Orene owned and operated the Lakeview Inn in Stockholm.  She also ran the Stockholm Cafe and the Waterfront Cafe in Maiden Rock.  Orene was a longtime member of the Maiden Rock American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and going to Treasure Island.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Henrietta Johnson; husband, Neil Longsdorf; sister, Yvonne Bengtson; and special friend, Dick Krusemark.  Orene is survived by her daughters, Linda (David Olson) Longsdorf, Sue (Mark) Peters, Julie (Paul) Davidson, Jean (Bob) Grab; grandchildren, Angie (Jason) Jahnke, Beth (Chris) Peltier, Ashley (Marcus Peterson) Grab, Megan Grab, Renee (Abe Fick) Grab, Allison (Chad) Andrea, Andrea Davidson; great-grandchildren, Brianna Jahnke, Cody Jahnke, Hailey Jahnke, Forrest Davidson, Tyler Peltier, Brennan Peltier, Owen Peltier, Markus Peltier; siblings, Verle Johnson, Theone (Norbert) Seipel; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.   A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock.  Visitation was also Tuesday from 4-6 pm at the funeral home.  Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.



Lester Naylor 05/28/2014

lester naylorLester Naylor  age 84 of Star Prairie, was born Dec. 14, 1929 and died peacefully at home May 28, 2014.  He was born in Claremont, MN and was married for 56 years to Mardell (Weaver) Naylor where they resided in Star Prairie, WI.  Les was a Korean War Veteran who proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954. He was an electrician by trade and finished his career at 3M Chemolite in Cottage Grove, MN after 33 years. Les was an avid fisherman, enjoyed bowling, playing pool, and metal detecting for old coins and treasures. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather as well as a trustworthy friend.  He is survived by his loving wife, Marty (Mardell); children, Lon (Kristine) Naylor; Todd (Helen) Naylor; Wendy (Lee) Jensen; daughter-at-heart Kim Sanders. Grandchildren Sara (Andy) Bisek; and Andrew Jensen as well as extended family.  A Celebration of Life gathering was held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Prairieview Covenant Church, New Richmond located on Hwy 65 between New Richmond and Star Prairie. Luncheon was served. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Romkje Van Dyk 05/27/2014

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Romkje “Rom” (Minkema) Van Dyk, age 92, died Tuesday, May 27 at The Deerfield in New Richmond. Rom was born October 19, 1921, as a twin, at her parents’ home in Wieuward, Friesland, the Netherlands. Her parents were Hendrik and Riemertje Boonstra Minkema.  Rom was the epitome of strength: a WWII survivor, dedicated wife, mother of six, and grandmother and great-grandmother to many.  In Holland, she attended the equivalent of high school and then Huischoudschool. Rom survived the German occupation of Holland from 1940 to 1945. In April of 1945 she and Jan Van Dyk were married. Jan was an agricultural agent but longed to farm on his own, which was impossible for him in the Netherlands because of the lack of land available to new farmers. So, with their then five children, the Van Dyks emigrated to the United States in 1955, initially settling in Minnesota but then locating to a rented farm at River Falls and then to a farm at New Richmond. In 1968 the Van Dyks with their son Gerrit bought a farm south of New Richmond. Later their son Bill joined the operation. Now her grandsons Jeff and Brian work with their fathers. Rom was a helper on the farm and often milked cows both morning and evening.  In addition to farming, Jan and Rom also enjoyed visiting family in the Netherlands, making numerous trips back. Rom was a talented sewer, knitter and baker and always had a supply of desserts and sweets on hand for guests. She was an avid gardener and every summer on the farm planted varieties of vegetables that she canned in the fall, typically canning 52 jars of each variety.  Rom was a member of the Erin Prairie Homemakers and later the Nike Neighbors Homemakers. She accompanied her children to meetings of the Challenger and then Springbook 4-H Club for many years and was a knitting leader for more than 25 years. She avidly participated in the St. Croix County Fair for many years, visiting exhibits and barns and enjoyed entering projects, winning many championship ribbons with her knitting.  Both Rom and Jan were members of Farm Bureau and Rom was a recipient of the Farm Bureau “Woman of the Year” award.  Rom and Jan moved off the farm in 1996 to a condominium in New Richmond. Jan passed away in 1997. Rom continued to live there until 2006 when she moved to The Deerfield in New Richmond.  Rom was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jan, her twin sister Uilkje, grandson Jason Van Dyk and niece Riemy Venema.  Rom is survived by her six children: Hendrik (Bonnie); Gerrit (Pat); John (Eileen); Bill (Cindy), all of New Richmond; JoAnn Van Dyk-Adams (Paul), of Eleva; and Rita Van Dyk-Hawley (Tom) of Baldwin.  Surviving grandchildren are: Dan (Aly) Van Dyk; Allison (Rick) Zaccardi; Jordan Van Dyk; Claire Van Dyk; Jackie (Steve) Kumm; Julie (Troy) Elmer; Jeff (Becky) Van Dyk; Jenny (Mark) Larson; Chris (Rikki) Van Dyk; Greg (Stefanie) Van Dyk; Laura (Josh) Ulrich; Kim (Ryan) Jacobson; Peter Van Dyk; Brian Van Dyk; Tim (Kris) Adams; Becky (Jody) Larson; John Hawley; Kelly Hawley; and Ellen Hawley.  Surviving great grandchildren are; Owen and Everett Van Dyk; Anika and Gus Zaccardi; Zach and Nick Elmer; Savanna Van Dyk; Clayton Van Dyk; Jacob and Josh Van Dyk; Tyler and Ben Larson; Tyler, Derek, Lane and Landon Van Dyk; Alexandra, John and Kate Van Dyk; Reese and Eva Ulrich; Morgan Jacobson; and Kennedy DeBartolo.  A funeral service was held Monday, June 2, 2014 at 11:00 am at the New Richmond United Methodist Church with Rev. Cathy Hamblin officiating. Special music provided by Megan Martinson and Barb Peterson.  Visitation was held Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond.  Visitation was also held Monday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church.  Interment was in Boardman Cemetery.  Bearers are: Dan Van Dyk, Jeff Van Dyk, Chris Van Dyk, Greg Van Dyk, Peter Van Dyk, Brian Van Dyk, Tim Adams and John Hawley. Honorary bearer is Jason Van Dyk.  Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.


Patrick Griffin 05/27/2014

Griffin obitPatrick “Pat” Griffin, Ret. USPS 2012 & Ret. US Navy.  Member VFW Post 10818 & Amer Legion Post 80 age 63 of New Richmond WI & formerly of St. Paul MN, passed away May 27, 2014. Survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Kelly Tveten Griffin; daughter, Nicole Tierney (Jim); loved being grandpa to: Drew, Owen, Colin & Grant; four siblings: Mary Jo Shillabeer (Warren), Bill, Shawn & Dawn Griffin; sister-in-law, Sandy Griffin; nephew, Joe Griffin; niece, Jennifer Shillabeer; great-nephew, Zack Griffin; extended family, friends & coworkers. Preceded in death by parents, James & Florence; siblings, James & Faith. Memorial Gathering: Sat, June 28, 4 – 8 PM at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul. Memorials to family preferred. Cremation Services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.