William Charles Ammerman, 88, of River Falls, Wisconsin, died Sunday, August 24, 2014. Born January 12, 1926, in Curwensville, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Curwensville High School in 1944, served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa.
He taught Art and Art Education at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls from 1958 until his retirement in 1988. He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott D. Ammerman and Katharine J. (Shearer) Ammerman of Curwensville; his two brothers, Joseph S. Ammerman of Curwensville and David S. Ammerman of Clearfield; and his oldest son, Scott A. Ammerman of Columbus, Wisconsin.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Suzanne (Fawcett) Ammerman, whom he married in 1954; son Dean M. Ammerman and wife Jenny of Eagan, Minnesota; son Steven J. Ammerman and wife Ute of Meppen, Germany; daughter-in-law Kathy (Ammerman) Shager and husband Curt and daughter Carly of Marshall, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren (Matthew S. Ammerman and wife Carrie of Marshall, Wisconsin; Melanie B. Ammerman of Los Angeles, California; Alan W. Ammerman and wife Stephanie of Poynette, Wisconsin; Kelsey Ammerman Krueger and husband Jonah of University City, Missouri; Kristin M. Ammerman of Eagan, Minnesota; and Kimberly A. Ammerman and Chiara L. Ammerman of Meppen, Germany); and two great-grandchildren (Otto M. Ammerman and Oliver W. Ammerman).
Memorial contributions may be made to either the United Methodist Church of River Falls (127 S. Second St., River Falls, WI 54022) or the University of Wisconsin – River Falls Foundation (William C. and Suzanne Ammerman Art Scholarships; 410 S. Third St., River Falls, WI 54022).
A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church in River Falls. Visitation was also held Saturday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Marvin Richard Marske, age 75 of River Falls, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Marvin was born on January 15, 1939. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. On January 7, 1959 he was married to Carolyn "Sue" Warner. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Marschke; mother, Florence (Abbott) Marske; infant daughter, Cheri' Dawn, whom he loved very much. Marvin is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Victoria (Tom) Fisher, Rory (Collene) Marske, Sheila (Robert) Galdick, Guy (Tami) Marske, Beverly Marske; 3 brothers; 2 sisters; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Marvin's Life at a later date. A fair and honest man, he treated all as equal. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Thomas A. Bengtson age 87 of Plum City a life-long resident of the Maiden Rock area passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Plum City Care Center. He was born the son of Benard and Nellie (Todd) Bengtson on May 8, 1927 in Maiden Rock. Tom graduated from Maiden Rock High School in 1945 and then began farming. He became a rural postal carrier in Maiden Rock and retired from the U.S. Postal Service on November 4, 1987. In 1979, he married Yvonne Clark. Thomas served as President of the Village of Maiden Rock and was a member of the Pierce County Board and Maiden Rock Cemetery Board for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benard and Nellie; wife, Yvonne; sister, Margaret Sundberg; brother-in-laws, Vernon Ketel and Eugene Geister. Tom is survived by his sisters, Mariel Ketel, Joyce Geister; step-children, Kathleen Clark, Deborah (Barry) Bunce, Milford Clark; many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:00 am at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock. Visitation was also Friday from 10-11 am before the service. Private interment will be in Maiden Rock Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.
Rosemary Shay age 66 of Roberts died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at her home. She was born the daughter of Bruce and Selma (Measner) Shay on December 17, 1948 in Osceola, WI. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola. Rosemary graduated from Osceola High School and began working for Andersen Windows. She retired in 2001. In retirement, Rosemary took an active role with her grandchildren. She helped her daughters by being available and dependable with babysitting her grandchildren. Rosemary attended all of the grandchildren’s activities and enjoyed taking them to parks, going for walks and playing kickball and baseball with them. She loved going to lunch and spending time with her family. Rosemary was an avid reader and enjoyed working on seek-a-word books. She was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond and will be remembered by her family as a very generous person, donating to several different organizations. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Selma; brother, Doug; and beloved cat, Callie. She is survived by her daughters, Amy (David) Thorsen, Angela (fiancé Mike King) Potting; step-daughter, Trenna Lapacinski and her son, Nolan; grandchildren, Tyler Myer, Preston Anderson, Aidan and Brock Thorsen; siblings, Pete (Kathy) Shay, Kathy (Gary) Hauble, and Nancy Bursch. A memorial service was held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond. Visitation was also Monday from 1-2 pm at the church. Private interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.