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.

Donavon Arneson 05/22/2014

Arneson obit 2Donavon Arneson, age 80 of New Richmond, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at his home.  Donavon was born the son of Elmer and Elnora (Swanson) Arneson on April 16, 1934 in Alden Township, Polk County, Wisconsin.  He grew up there, and attended Amery High School, graduating with the class of 1952.  He married Janice Dahlberg on November 3, 1956 in Scandia, MN.  Donavon farmed his entire career in Wagon Landing, retiring in 1998.  He also worked for Vital Plastics in Baldwin for the past 15 years.  In 2002, Donavon and Janice moved into New Richmond.  He enjoyed going dancing, visiting with friends, and spending time with his family.  He was kind and easy going.  He had a special way of encouraging and supporting his family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Elnora Arneson; and brother-in-law, Joseph LaMirande.  Donavon is survived by his wife, Janice Arneson; children, Sheryl (Bill) Peterson, Pam Hagen, Brent (Mona) Arneson, Jeff (Kim) Arneson, Craig (Amy) Arneson; grandchildren, Ryan (Dani) Peterson, Kara (Kevin) Lunsmann, Michele Peterson, Melissa (Brian) Lando, Michael Hagen, Monica (Colt) Melot, Brandon (Jamie) Arneson, Brian Arneson, Kristy Arneson, Collin Arneson, Carter Arneson; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Angela LaMirande; and many more relatives and friends.  A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11 am at West Immanuel Lutheran Church 447 180th Street Osceola, WI.  Visitation was held on Monday, May 26, 2014 from 5-8 pm at the West Immanuel Servant Hall and on Tuesday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in West Immanuel Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.


Beverly Kaczmarski 05/19/2014

Beverly KaczmarskiBeverly M. Kaczmarski age 82 of New Richmond died Monday, May 19, 2014 at Westfields Hospital.  She was born the daughter of William and Arlene (Frey) Rudd on July 23, 1931 in Cylon, WI. In 1948, she took 2nd place at the Wisconsin State Fair for a dress she made. Beverly was a graduate of the New Richmond High School and on June 6, 1953, she married Robert Kaczmarski in Amery, WI.  Beverly worked at the 4 Corners Supper Club for 8 years and then worked for SSG as a manager at the 4 Corners Auto Stop for the next 25 years, all while raising her five children.  She will be missed by her husband, Bob Kaczmarski; children, Greg (Donna) Kaczmarski, Jeff (Brenda) Kaczmarski, Pat Kaczmarski, Julie (Jim) Kiekhoefer, Nancy (Michael) Ackley; grandchildren, Jennifer (Andy) Knefelkamp, Renee (Bill) Butler, David Kaczmarski, Brent (fiance' Rhea Nordby) Kaczmarski, Scott (fiance' Laura Kinney) Kaczmarski, Jade Kaczmarski, Jessica Kaczmarski, Brian Kaczmarski, Shannon (Matt) Youmans, Katie Kiekhoefer, Kelli Kiekoefer, Lindsey (fiance' Jordan Miceli) Kaczmarski, Alex Olson, Jordyn Ackley; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Adam, Dylan, Allison, Luke, Lucy, Will, Oliver, Ella; siblings, Shirley Berget, Don (Anette) Rudd, Dick (Barb) Rudd; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, William and Arlene Rudd; grandson, Andrew Kiekhoefer; sister-in-law, Pat Rudd; brother-in-law, Lee Berget.  A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Visitation was held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and also from 10-11 am on Thursday at church.  Interment was in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.


Larry Bystrom 05/16/2014

100 2199Larry Gaylord Bystrom, age 63 of River Falls, died on Friday, May 16, 2014 at his home.  Larry was born the son of Gaylord and Joan (Pearson) Bystrom on May 16, 1951 in River Falls, WI.  He grew up in River Falls and graduated from River Falls High School with the class of 1969.  Larry attended Moeler Barber School in Minneapolis, MN.  On October 2, 1971 he married Charlene Gilbertson at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, WI.  He worked at various barber shops until opening Bystrom Barbering, downtown River Falls, with his brother Doug in 1980.  Larry was a member of the First Covenant Church.  He enjoyed writing and performing music, landscaping, the Kennedy's, and sports, especially fantasy football.  Larry was a man of character, who was quiet and reserved, generous and fair, and was a natural leader.  He is preceded in death by his father, Gaylord Bystrom; brother, Doug Bystrom; and niece, Rachael Bystrom.  Larry is survived by his wife, Char Bystrom; sons, Jesse (Erin) Bystrom, Joel (Molly) Bystrom; grandchildren, Ezra Bystrom, Elijah Bystrom, Isaac Bystrom; mother, Joan Bystrom; sister, Debra (Richard) Lucero; nieces and nephew, David Lucero, Johanna Lucero, Sarah Bystrom; and many other relatives and friends.  A Funeral Service was held on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11 am at the First Covenant Church 1374 N Main Street River Falls.  Visitation was Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street River Falls and Monday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.