Donna Barr 04/06/2014

Donna Barr 514x800Donna Mae (Pederson) Barr, age 79, of New Richmond, died on April 6, 2014.  Donna, loving wife of Stanley William Barr, passed away peacefully at the St. Croix County Health Center after a prolonged illness. Donna was born on April 16, 1934, in Lanesboro, Minnesota. She graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse in 1951 and moved to Winona to work at Merchants Bank, where she met Stan, a student at Winona State Teachers College. They married in September, 1953. Over the next thirty years Donna and Stan raised five children. During that time, Donna attended the UW River Falls, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in education and psychology in 1972 and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1982. She was the first in her family to attend college. Donna taught middle school English in the New Richmond School District for nineteen years. In addition to teaching, Donna managed the school newspaper, coached the forensics team and spelling bee participants and coordinated many student and teacher events. She and Stan retired from teaching in 1991 and spent several years traveling around the US and Mexico. They spent their winters in Mission, Texas, for fifteen years.  Donna was an avid supporter of school athletics and volunteered at many athletic events, most notably at-home track meets for 26 years. In addition to volunteering for the school district, Donna was active in many volunteer organizations. She was a member of Jaycettes from 1961 to 1973 and volunteered at the Heritage Center from 1991 to 2006. She was a cub scout den leader and a Sunday School teacher at First Lutheran Church for many years. In Mission, Texas, Donna volunteered at a local elementary school, ran the Toys for Tots program for the city police department, created layette sets for migrant workers’ children and ran a club that taught crafts to retirees in her subdivision. She and Stan also played Santa and Mrs. Claus for the grandchildren of their fellow residents in their retirement community. Donna was also a member of Red Hats in both New Richmond and Mission. Donna loved to create with her hands. She enjoyed sewing for her family and friends throughout her life. After retiring, she turned her love for creating into a craft business and attended fairs around Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas. Her products were always popular. She also continued to expand her talents after retirement, learning to paint and make porcelain dolls. Donna is survived by her husband of sixty years, Stanley; her five children Craig (Kathy) Barr of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Terry Barr of New York City, Kellie (Paul) Nuber of Fort Collins, Colorado, Michelle Trace of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Brian (Jill) Barr of Madison, Wisconsin; eleven grandchildren Alyssa (Bruce) DeHaan, Amy (Joe) Grady, Amber Barr, Christopher Barr, Julia Barr, Ian Nuber,  Nathan (Rochelle) Nuber, Alex Nuber, Bryce Nuber, Tanner Trace and Cassidy Trace; one great-grandchild Joseph DeHaan; three sisters Beverly Hanson of Lanesboro, Minnesota, LaVonne Rodenberg and Eileen Goyette of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and one brother Robert (Claudine) Pederson of Chatfield Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Lester Pederson and her sister Lois Housker.   Donna will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Visitation was held on Friday, April 11 from 4 – 7 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond. A Memorial Service was held at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond on Saturday, April 12 at 11 am, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

August Roettger 03/30/2014

August William RoettgerJr. passed away on March 30, 2014 in Stillwater, MN. August was born on October 14, 1931 in Lake Elmo, MN to August and Dora Roettger.  He grew up on a farm in Stanton Township, St. Croix County, WI and attended country school.  In August 1960, he married Audrey Wildasin of New Richmond, WI.  August lived in Star Prairie, WI most of his adult life.  He worked as a truck driver for United Trucking of Hudson and as a foreman at Sterling Refrigeration of New Richmond in his early years.  From 1970 until his retirement, he owned and operated Roettger Refrigeration. August loved hunting, fishing, and camping with his family.He especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren on fishing trips to Canada.He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother William. 

August is survived by sons Robert (Julie) of Blue Earth, MN; Ron (Rita) of Star Prairie, WI; and Rick (Patti) of Star Prairie, WI; grandchildren Caleb Roettger, Andy Dugstad, Laura Dugstad, Genna Mattson, Dustin (Whitney) Mattson; Ron (Sara) Roettger, Andy (Tracy Hansen) Roettger, Ricky (Courtney) Brockmiller, Kiris Brockmiller, Brandon Rees, Joanna (Jarad) Johnston-Richard, Jay Johnston, Joe (Amanda Irwin) Johnston, Chad Miller, Tom (Hillary) Miller, Derek (Sally) Miller; and 6 great-grandchildren; Sisters Dorothy Link of Glenwood, WI; Marion Larson (Vern) of Balsam Lake, WI; and brother Wilfred (Sue) of Somerset, WI; and many other family and friends.  A memorial service was held Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 at at Bethany Lutheran Church in Star Prairie.  Memorial visitation was also Friday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church.  Cremation Services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Mary Ann Zinser 03/21/2014

Mary Ann Zinser obitMary Ann Zinser age 79 of Roberts, WI and formerly of Madison, SD passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born May 29, 1934 in Madison, SD.  Mary Ann lived in Madison, SD until 1979 and  when she moved to Minnesota and later to Wisconsin.  Mary Ann loved to sing in the choir, read books, do crosswords, go shopping (especially for jewelry), and spend time with her family.  Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 39 years, Gene Zinser; her daughters, Wendy (Randy) Pederson, Barb (Tom) Pedersen; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 4 step children; 10 step grandchildren; 7 step great-grandchildren; sister, Margo (Karl) Olson; brother, Mike (Greta) Howe.  She is preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Downs; parents, John and Rosemond Devault; and an infant child, Mark.  A gathering to celebrate Mary Ann's life was held in her home in Roberts, WI on Monday, March 24, 2014 beginning at 4:00 pm and a memorial service was held in her hometown of Madison, SD on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  The family would like to thank Adoray Hospice for their wonderful care and special thanks to her granddaughter, Kristy, who cared for her the past 5 years.  Cremation services are provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

Helen Skifstad 03/17/2014

Helen SkifstadHelen Jane (Larson) Skifstad age 88 of Star Prairie died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond.  She was born the daughter of John and Inga (Stovern) Larson on December 11, 1925 in Clayton, WI.  As a young girl, her family moved to Alden Township.  Helen attended Pine Lake Elementary School and New Richmond High School.  On September 11, 1943, she married Archie Skifstad in Eau Claire, WI.  During WWII, she packed K rations at Strand Ski Factory in New Richmond.  Helen worked at Fabri-Tek Inc. in Amery and Friday Canning in New Richmond.  She was actively involved at Bethany Lutheran Church with quilting and the Ladies Aid.  Helen was a wonderful cook, baker, especially homemade bread, and hostess.  Her family remembers no one leaving Helen’s home hungry.  She will be missed by her children, Joanne Fletch, Rodney (Sheila) Skifstad, Dennis (Linda) Skifstad, Sharon Ross; grandchildren, Trever Winberg, Patti (Duane) Bethke, Jamie (Joel) Powell, Craig Skifstad, Katie (Jim) Goff, Chad (Tressa) Skifstad, Ryan (Melissa) Blietz, Benjamin Blietz, Stephanie (Christopher) Gordon; many great grandchildren; sisters, Agnes Evenson and Ilene Bottolfson; brother-in-law, Stanley Kromrey; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Archie; siblings, Ethel Larson, Louie Larson, Gayhart Larson, Carrie Van Trump, Alice Mae Kromrey; grandson, Richard Winberg; granddaughter, Sara Skifstad; great grandson, Benjamin Winberg; son-in-laws, Billy Fletch, Don McConnell and Mike Ross.  A funeral service was held Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church in Star Prairie.  Visitation was also Friday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church.  Interment at West Immanuel Church Cemetery will be at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

John Oldenburg 03/14/2014

John OldenburgJohn Oldenburg age 90 of New Richmond, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, on Friday, March 14, 2014.  John was born March 16, 1923 in Hewitt, MN.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene; daughter, Marsha (Mike) Garske; son, Wayne (Chris) Oldenburg; grandchildren, Cassandra Oldenburg, Ashley Garske; brother, Harry Oldenburg, sister, Ida Johnson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 1 brother.  He worked for the Railroad for 20 years and Friday Canning for 14 years.  He loved gardening, bowling, horseshoes, camping, fishing, playing cards and going to the casino.  Special thanks to Adoray Hospice and all of their volunteers for assisting John so he could stay at home until his passing. A memorial service was held Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  Visitation was held Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and also Friday from 10:00-11:00 at church.  Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.