Eleanor Eggen 06/15/2015

E Eggen 1 640x636Eleanor Elizabeth Eggen, age 98 of New Richmond, died on Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Deerfield Arbor.  Eleanor was born the daughter of Ralph and Anna (Schultz) Powers on April 30, 1917 in Makoti, ND.  She graduated from Glenwood City High School and attended school to become a lab and xray technician.  Eleanor moved to Oregon to work for a clinic.  She met her husband there and on October 4, 1947 she was married to Ralph Eggen.  Ralph died in 1965.  Eleanor worked at the clinic in Oregon for 30 years.  She had a hobby farm with beef cattle and cats and dogs.  She was known for growing blackberries and making blackberry cobler.  She also had walnut trees and family members often received gifts of walnuts. Eleanor was smart and witty, was hard working and generous and loved violets.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Anna Powers; siblings, Doris (Richard) Krueger, Calvin "Bud" Powers, and Arlene (George) Faught; and brother-in-law, Roy Johnson.  Eleanor is survived by her sister, Ruth Johnson; sister-in-law, Glendetta Powers; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives and friends.  A Celebration of Eleanor's Life was held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 1 pm at the Deerfield Chapel 1127 W 8th Street New Richmond, WI.  Visitation was also Saturday from 12-1 pm at the Deerfield Chapel.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Stella Ray 06/09/2015

Stella RayStella Mae Ray age 93 of River Falls passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Kinnic Long Term Care Center.  She was born August 13, 1921 to Ben and Sadie (Price) Hoven in Pine Island, MN.  Stella was confirmed and baptized in the Christian faith on May 9, 1937.  On September 15, 1941, she married Ferris Ray.  To this union, six children were born; Bonnie, Gloria, Marilyn, Larry, Galen and Cindy.  Stella was a very hard worker all her life.  Working many years along with her husband on the dairy farm.  She always planted a large garden and with that came the canning and freezing of the vegetables and fruits.  She loved flowers and crocheting, making many fancy doilies.  Her family remembers her as a wonderful cook and baker, making the meals nearly all from scratch.  In her later years, Stella traveled, worked at her church, and helped her family and friends whenever she could.  In her last hours, she cried out to the Lord, “Come Lord Jesus and take me Home.”  She is now with our Heavenly Father at peace.  We will see you again, Mom.  Stella is survived by her children, Bonnie (Gene) Bock, Gloria Knight, Marilyn (Bud) Rud, Larry (Janel) Ray, Galen Ray, and Cindy Rud; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Maxine Hoven, Evelyn Baker; special friend, Polly Wymer; many nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferris Ray; brother, William Hoven; parents, Ben and Sadie Hoven; son-in-laws, Jerry Hague, Richard Knight, and Dennis Rud.  A funeral service was held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 am at First Congregation UCC in River Falls.  Visitation was held Friday, June 12, 2015 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls and also Saturday from 10-11 am at church.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Fay Reppe 06/07/2015

Fay Reppe 001 478x640Fay Vivian (Hartwig) Reppe, age 95 of New Richmond, WI, went home to be with her Lord on June 7, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

Fay was born November 1, 1919, in Porter, Minnesota.  Her parents farmed in the Canby area until 1925 when they moved to a farm in Milltown, Wisconsin.  In the early 30s her family sold the farm and moved to Milltown where she graduated from high school in 1937.  In the very early 40s,  Fay was hired as a maid for the McNally family in New Richmond.  While here she met a local young man named Donald Reppe who was home on furlough from the service.  They dated for a short time while Don was in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Wichita Falls, Texas, at Sheppard Field.  As legend has recorded, he mailed a brief and precise marriage proposal letter to Fay while he was at Sheppard Field.  She soon boarded a train in New Richmond along with Don’s sister Mona and off to Texas they went. Don and Fay were married December 6, 1942.  They returned to New Richmond after the war with their first-born child, Spencer.  Here, Don found employment at Doughboy Industries and over the next ten years three more children were born; Ann, James and Mary Ellen.  Their marriage flourished for sixty-six years.

Besides being a full-time homemaker, Fay kept involved in many other activities.  She was involved in volunteering at First Lutheran Church where she served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and put in countless hours doing everything from working in the kitchen, to Ladies Aid, to quilting, to leading Bible study, to teaching Sunday School, and even serving on the Church Council at a time when it was predominantly men.  Fay was also involved in numerous other community volunteer events.  Fay had a kind heart and put her trust in Jesus and lived her life in a Christian manner. 

When Fay was not volunteering, she enjoyed time with her husband, Donald.  Their forty-plus  years of retirement were spent traveling both near and far, golfing, reading, and pursuing numerous domestic hobbies such as sewing, knitting and crocheting.  They also enjoyed time with their expanding family. 

Fay was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Sadie Hartwig; husband, Donald Reppe; sister, Dorothy (Harry) Anderson, and brother, Lowell "Bud" Hartwig.

Fay is survived by her children, Spencer (Susan) Reppe of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Ann (Bill) Roth  of Woodbury, Minnesota, James (Marilyn) Reppe of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Mary Ellen (Ron) Raisleger of Dellwood, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, Ben (Nicole) Reppe, Tim (Jess Hackner) Reppe , Adam (Pam) Roth , Justin (Mesa) Roth and Abby (D. J.) Walling, Ernest (Christy) Reppe, Peter Reppe, and Andrew Reppe; ten great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Elaine Hartwig of Greeley, CO.

A special thank-you to everyone at The Waters of Oakdale who played a huge part in our mother's physical and emotional comfort these past several months.

A celebration of Fay’s life was held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11 am at First Lutheran Church  218 County Road K New Richmond, WI.  Visitation was also Thursday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Jean LaPlant 05/24/2015

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Jean Johnson LaPlant passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Westfields  Hospital in New Richmond, Wisconsin. She was eighty-six years of age and surrounded by her children at the time of her passing. 
Jean was born to Allan David Wadsworth and Pauline Rose Deef Wadsworth on February 23, 1929, in Walker, Minnesota.  Jean was married to Harry S. Johnson for twenty-seven years and bore six children: David (Susan) of Red Wing, Minnesota; Mary of Richfield, Minnesota; Julie (Robert) of Seattle, Washington; Jana of Denver, Colorado; Paul of Richfield, Minnesota; and Danielle (Mark) of New Richmond, Wisconsin.  
Jean is survived by her children, eighteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Skylar, son of Julie and Robert. 
She is also preceded in death by her husband, Warren LaPlant. Jean and Warren were married in 1997, and they spent many happy years in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, sharing their love of friends, family, travel, and animals.
Jean, affectionately known as “Bunga”  by family members—a name created by her first grandchild—raised her family in Bloomington, Minnesota; Welch, Minnesota; and Red Wing, Minnesota. She earned a B.S. degree in nursing from Hamline University, and sought a paying job outside of her home when she was forty-six years of age, when she took a position at the State of Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing.  She served male and female juvenile residents and male adult residents as a counselor for over twenty years and ultimately qualified for retirement. She was an energetic advocate for the residents and anxious for them to be successful.
For the last five years, Jean has been living with her daughter Danielle Johnson and her husband, Mark Parsons, in a grandmother apartment in their lovely rural home in New Richmond, where she enjoyed the garden, chickens, dogs, cats, goats, birds, wildlife, and books. 
Bunga’s wish for those who mourn is to “keep love’s banner floating o’er you; the Comforter be with you 'til we meet again.” 
A memorial gathering took place Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 noon with a Memorial program at 11:00 am at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond.

Delores Godfrey 05/23/2015

Delores GodfreyDelores “Dodi” Godfrey age 83 of Somerset died peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2015 after a struggle with dementia at Comforts of Home in Hudson.  She was born June 7, 1931 in Stillwater, MN.  Delores graduated from Stillwater High School and was a long-time employee at Universal Cooperative in Bloomington, MN.  She enjoyed chaperoning trips with the St. Paul Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.  Delores was an active member at Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset and will be remembered by her family as a loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great-granchild.  She is survived by her children, Richard (Jan) Godfrey, Deborah (Hardy) Skjefte, Wanita (Curtis) Stevens, Lynn (David )Murphy; grandchildren, Daryl Chute, Angela Shew, Brian Shew, Jennifer Mullenix, James Chute, Jr., Kenneth (Justina) Mullenix, Marcus Chute, Tina Shew, Kevin (Nicole)  Mullenix, Alex (Keith) Barton; 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild; sibling, Beverly Halberg; and dear friend, James Chute, Sr.  Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Denise Yeager; sons, Donald and David Godfrey; brothers, Francise and Gerald Yeager; brother-in-law, Norman Halberg; and nephew, Ronald Halberg.  A memorial service was held Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Christ Lutheran Church (510 Germain St.) in Somerset.  Visitation was also Friday from 10:00-12:00 at the church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.