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Ervin Gilbertson, age 92, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Ervin was born Nov. 23, 1917, in Martell Township, Pierce County, Wis., the son of Lars and Edith (Folen) Gilbertson. He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Ervin attended Spring Valley schools, graduating with the class of 1936. He was a talented athlete and had been recruited to play football at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He took some courses after high school to learn welding, which he used in his farm work.
Marion E. Christianson, 96, of Hudson, formerly of River Falls, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Hudson Hospital after a bout with pneumonia. She was born the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Laughlin) Scheide on July 13, 1913, in Carrington, N.D. In 1931, Marion graduated from Ellsworth High School and continued her education at the River Falls Teachers College receiving her teaching certificate in 1932. She taught school for 8 years in Esdale, Wis. In August of 1938, she married Norman Christianson at Tabor Church near Bay City. Norman was an officer in the U.S.
Dennis Allen Churchill, age 53, of Elmwood, Wis., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at his home. He was born July 21, 1956, in Menomonie, Wis., to George A. and Marlys L. (Quilling) Churchill. He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1974. Dennis married Ruth Wilcox on Sept. 9, 1984, in the Town of Rock Elm. He was raised in a farm family and farmed all of his life on the family farm in the Town of Rock Elm, Pierce Co., Wis. Dennis enjoyed spending time in the woods making maple syrup and cutting firewood.
Bernice Traynor, age 86, of River Falls, Wis., died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Bernice was born Oct. 7, 1923, to Christian and Cora (Schruth) Hanson in Pepin Township, Wis. On Dec. 13, 1941, Bernice married Sylvester Traynor Jr. in Spring Valley. They lived south of Spring Valley for many years. Sylvester was killed in a hunting accident Nov. 22, 1969. In 2007, Bernice moved to the Lutheran Home in River Falls. Bernice was a gentle, kind-hearted woman who loved to be with her family.
Roger Leland Boldt, 64, of Red Wing, died on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at his home, surrounded by family, after a 10-month battle with cancer. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Rev. Kristen Schlauderaff officiating. Burial is in the Oakwood Cemetery. Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, is handling arrangements.
Richard "Rick" Avery Horen, 57, of Hager City, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, surrounded by his children, at the VA Medical Center. A graveside service with military honors was Thursday, Dec. 10, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. A Celebration of Rick's life was held following the burial on Thursday at the Leo C. Peterson American Legion. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.
Peter Frederick Amund Neiderhauser, age 66, of rural Ellsworth, was pronounced dead Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, of natural causes, at his home. He was born on Feb. 21, 1943, in Red Wing, Minn., the son of Edgar and Florence (Odalen) Neiderhauser. Peter graduated from the Ellsworth Schools in 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1961 until 1964. He attended the vo-tech in Eau Claire and worked in La Crosse as a machinist for a few years, returning to the Ellsworth area to work for De La Val in River Falls. In 1972 he took over the family farm after his father's retirement.
Judi Schmitt, age 62, of North Hudson, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 4, at the Hudson Hospital emergency room following an apparent heart attack. Mass Of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 8 p.m. at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and one hour prior to the mass at church on Wednesday. Memorials preferred.
William Harding, 66, Diamond Bluff, died Thursday, Dec. 3, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Red Wing, the son of Arnold and Blanche Harding. The family moved to Diamond Bluff when he was 3 years old and he attended grade school there and was a 1962 graduate of Prescott High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving proudly in Vietnam from 1965-1967. He returned to Diamond Bluff and worked for Thomas & Betts, retiring in 2005. He was a member of the Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54.
Don passed away peacefully at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma and kidney failure. His kind heart warm smile and brown eyes will be dearly missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Audrey (Auth); children, Debbie, Dawn (Dan), Gary (Julie), David (Tammy), Jerome (Barb), Judi (Scott); 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; in-laws; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He retired from farming in Dec. 2002 after 44 years of working side-by-side with his wife.