Harald Joseph Barry, age 66 of New Richmond and formerly of Diamond Bluff, WI, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at his home. Harald was born the son of Joseph and Barbara Barry on December 22, 1947 in Regensburg, Germany. He graduated from UW Stout in Menomonie with a degree in Industrial Engineering and received his Doctorate from Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls, IA. Harald was a Lieutenant with the MN Army National Guard. He was VP of Manufacturing at Red Wing Shoe and was a Professor at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Harald enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Austin. Harald is survived by his daughters, Monica Gehlen, Woodbury, MN and Angelique (Jason) Young, River Falls, WI; brother, Denny (Marilyn) Barry, New York Mills, MN; and grandchildren, Nicholas and Nathan Gehlen and Alexis and Jarett Young. A memorial visitation was held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2-5 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI. Private interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Marlys Hammer died Friday, June 27, at her home in River Falls, just three days before her 80th birthday. Three years before she had successfully battled the cancer that gripped her, but this time she couldn’t overcome the dread disease and lost the final struggle. She was born in Ladysmith, WI, on June 30, 1934, to Clifford and Mildred Hvass (Ekeberg). She was baptized and confirmed in Bethany Lutheran Church in Catawba, WI. Growing up on a farm near Kennan, WI, she attended a one-room rural school in which she was taught by her father. Marlys entered Hawkins High School for 9th grade, spending two years there before moving to Phillips High School for her junior and senior years. Following graduation as the Valedictorian of her class, she traveled to (now called) UW Stevens Point to earn a Two-Year Rural degree. She began her teaching career in Bruce, WI, as a second grade teacher. After one year she married Roger Hammer on August 6, 1955. After another year and half, a daughter (Teri) was born, and Marlys became a “stay-at-home mom.” Four more children were born to this marriage, Leslie, David, Sarah, and Joel, over a period of seventeen years. The family spent four years in Bruce/Ladysmith, then moved to Stevens Point for four more. Leaving Point in 1963, they moved to River Falls, where they have lived for over fifty years. In August, Roger and Marlys would have been married for 59 years. Among Marlys’ many talents were teaching, singing, playing the piano and clarinet, cake decorating, running a preschool in her home, sewing, quilting, cooking, and water color painting. She excelled in all of them. But her greatest accomplishments came in rosemaling, a Norwegian folk art. She not only won awards for her painting at many shows and competitions, including a Gold Medal from the Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA, but also taught the art form from New Jersey to California, Oregon, and Washington, to Texas, Colorado, the Dakotas, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She was one of two rosemaling representatives from Wisconsin to travel to Japan for an exhibition and teaching classes. Her classes began every day with a verse from Psalms, Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it,” only one of the many ways she shared her faith in her everyday life. She enjoyed traveling. The highlight of her life was visiting Norway for a couple of weeks in 1999. Other memorable trips including traveling to New England during the color season and a 22-day camping trip to Los Angeles and back with her family. Marlys’ love for her family and people generally was seen in the smile she carried on her face and the compassion she displayed in her actions. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandson. Her insights into life itself were reflected by her passion to be a friend of all whom she met. She had a special love for a “small group” who have been together for ten years and for good friends who have supported her over the years. Marlys is survived by her husband, Roger, all her children, Teri (Rick) Hanson of Kennan; Leslie (Dean) Benoy of River Falls; David (Kim) of Rochester, MN; Sarah (Jim) Conkle of Missoula, MT; and Joel of Baldwin; two sisters, Shirley of Blair and Carol of Souix Falls, SD; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Preceding her death were her parents. A memorial service was held at Ezekiel Lutheran Church at 11:00 am Saturday, July 5, 2014. Visitation times were 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, July 4, and one hour before the service on Saturday. All visitations were held at the church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Rueben Willert, age 91 of Hudson, died on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Hudson Hospital. A Memorial service was held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11 am at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel 1800 Edgerton Street St. Paul, MN. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.
Wanda June Olson age 82 of Pepin died Friday, June 20, 2014 at St. Elizabeth’s Care Center in Wabasha, MN. She was born the daughter of Leonard and Nanna (Peterson) Bjurquist on July 17, 1931 in Lund, WI. On June 28, 1952, she married Leonard Olson at Sabylund Lutheran Church. She was an elementary school teacher. Her first teaching position was in a one room school house in Lund called The Sixteenth School. She also taught in Pepin and many years at Caddie Woodlawn in Durand, teaching fourth grade much of the time. She retired in 1993. Wanda enjoyed her career very much. She was an active member at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and served on many committees throughout the years. She volunteered many hours to save and restore the Swedish Methodist Church in Lund where many of her descendants were members. In early years, she was a member of the Harmony Homemakers and just recently had joined the Red Hat Ladies. Having fun at their many outings. Wanda enjoyed her flower gardens, shopping and having coffee with friends and family as much as possible. Most of all, she loved, and was devoted to her big family and her four grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; siblings, Laurel Haglund, Chuck Bjurquist and Frank Bjurquist. Wanda is survived by her children, Wendy (Jeff) Seipel of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Pete (Mary) Olson of Pepin, WI; grandchildren, Taylor Seipel, Nick Seipel, Brody Olson, Jackie Olson; siblings, Nonie Nielsen, Elliot (Betty) Bjurquist, Lois (Jim) Albarado, Jerry (Karen) Bjurquist, Lee (Kathy) Bjurquist, Nolan Bjurquist; sister-in-law, Delores Bjurquist; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pepin. Visitation was also Tuesday from 12:00-2:00 pm at the church. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Pepin. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.
Kathryn “Kaye” Ohrt age 75 of Hudson passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at her home. She was born the daughter of Delward and Isabelle (McDonell) Hendrickson on May 11, 1939 in Barron, WI. On December 27, 1958, she married David Ohrt. Kaye enjoyed volunteering for various groups and organizations within the community. She served on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Memorial Health Foundation and Community Action. Kaye spent many years volunteering at the Hospital gift shop and with the Junior Golf Program at the Hudson Country Club. She was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church. She taught Christian education classes and served on various committees throughout the years. Kaye was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, John Hendrickson. She is survived by her husband, Dave; son, Greg; grandsons, Dave, Mike and Erik; great-granddaughter, Kylie; sister, Ann Tout; step-mother, Lucille Hendrickson; sister-in-laws, Mary Hendrickson and Shirley Ohrt; brother-in-law, Don Gilbertson. A celebration of Kaye’s life was held Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1205 6th St.) in Hudson. Visitation was also Friday from 1:00-2:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson