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 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 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 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.
Lawrence Henry Klug, age 90 died on March 14, 2014 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, Wisconsin. He was born on February 20, 1924 in Almena, Wisconsin where he lived until he graduated from Turtle Lake High School in 1942. He was the 9th of 11 children born to Adam Klug and Catherine Theis Klug. His wife of nearly 68 years, Merle Addrienne (Hunter) Klug died six days before him. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Jean Klug; his sister, Marie Njavro; and six brothers, Joseph, William, John, Adam, Leo and George Klug. He is survived by three daughters, Leslie (John) Mercer, Ellen (Orian) Hunter, Joleen (Michael) Larson; son, Lawrence "Loren" (Bridget Farrelly) Klug; six grandchildren, Ashley (Brandon Sullivan) Mercer, Damian (Jen) Hunter, Hillary (Richard) Graves, Emily (Zac) Higgins, Aidan Klug, Molly Klug; seven great-grandchildren, Ian Sheridan, Ailish Sheridan, Davin Hunter, Jacob Hunter, Caden Hunter, Aurelia Graves, Alistair Graves;brothers, Carl Klug, Paul (Marilyn) Klug and August (Lynn) Klug. He attended River Falls State Teachers College 1942-43 where he met the love of his life, Merle Hunter. He entered the US Navy in July 1943 and served on USS Strickland, a light destroyer, in both the Atlantic and the South Pacific during WW II. Following his discharge, he and Merle were married on April 4, 1946. The newlyweds joined Merle’s parents on their dairy farm and soon assumed ownership. Their five children were born while they lived on the farm in Troy Township. Following retirement from farming due to arthritis, Larry had several careers – parts manager at Gilbert Auto in Hudson, owner of a business machine and office supply store, bike shops in River Falls and Spooner and knowledgeable hardware guy at several hardware stores. He is most remembered as the owner of the Walvern Hotel and Restaurant and later added the Walvern Manor Supper Club (now the site of Coaches Bar and Grill) on Main Street, River Falls. It was a family restaurant – the entire family worked there and served countless other families and individuals breakfast, lunch and dinner for 11 years. Larry was a quiet leader who sought out opportunities to serve church and community. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in River Falls and Spooner, serving as the Grand Knight in River Falls from 1989 - 1991. He was instrumental in the establishment of the KC food booth at the Pierce County Fair helping sell the project to the Pierce County Board where he served as a County Board Supervisor. The booth continues to be a major source of income for the River Falls KCs. Larry was Mayor of River Falls in the mid-seventies. He was a member and Chair of the River Falls Town Board. He also served on the Washburn County Board and was Chair of the Casey Township Board during the years he and Merle lived near Spooner on Lincoln Lake. He and Merle re-retired to River Falls in 2007 and lived in the Collinswood community where he gardened on the patio and was eager to chat with those who passed by and admired the flowers and vegetables. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. Memorial visitation was held Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls and on Wednesday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment will be in Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, WI at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be directed to Adoray Hospice whose staff, as well as the staff at the Lutheran Home cared for Larry with respect and affection the last months of his life. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.