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Tom Parent, 52, manager of the Whole Earth Grocery store in River Falls, died suddenly Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 at St. Bridgets Catholic Church of River Falls. Visitation is at Cashman Mortuary from 4-8:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Cashman Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Glen C. Kanten, 91, of River Falls, owner of Circle K Apple Orchard in Beldenville, died on Thursday, October 19, 2006 at Our House Assisted Living. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 11:00 am at Rush River Lutheran Church in rural River Falls. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in Rush River Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Mae Austrum, 96, of New Richmond and formerly of River Falls, died Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at New Richmond Meadows Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Cashman Funeral Home in River Falls, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls. A full obituary will appear in next week's River Falls Journal.
Richard L. Cashman Sr, 88, founder of Cashman Mortuary of River Falls, died Sunday, October 15, 2006 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 18 at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in River Falls, with Father Gerald Harris and Father Dan Dahlberg officiating. Visitation is from 4-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Cashman Mortuary, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 121 of River Falls, will be in St. Bridgets Cemetery.
Norma Bjornson, 83, of El Paso Township, WI died Friday, October 13, 2006 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley, WI. Visitation is from 5-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the service on Thursday, all at the church. Burial in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, El Paso. Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ever since I watched the movie "Heartburn," I've wanted to know more about its heroine, based on Nora Ephron. In "Heartburn" Ephron is played by Meryl Streep and her husband Bernstein, is played by Jack Nicholson. They argue a lot, they eat a lot and finally they get divorced. In real life both have gone their varied ways, Ephron, now married to writer Nicholas Pileggi is a screen writer and a funny one.
Robin Schutz, 42, of Spring Valley, WI died suddenly Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Regions Hopsital in St. Paul. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Visitation is from 4-8:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, and also one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Burial in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm Township. Keehr Funeral Home of Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.
David Bunge, 69, of Woodville, WI died accidentally Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at his home in Baldwin Township. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Visitation is from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Burial in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Woodville. Keehr Funeral Home of Spring Valley is handling arrangements.
Here's a bagful of books to get you started on an eclectic autumn reading program. Start with "Bitter Ocean: The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945," by David Fairbank White (Simon & Schuster, $26). For those of us who grew up with 1940s movies like "Action in the North Atlantic" (Bogart, Massey, Greenstreet, et al.) White's new book isn't exactly news. We remember the German U-Boats, and our Liberty Ships that brought precious cargo to Britain as it held out alone against the Axis. But for younger readers, "Bitter Ocean" is a fascinating study of the ravages of war.
When I was a wee tad, I went to the little movie house in town. I can't remember the feature, but I do remember a short subject that came on right after the RKO Pathe weekly news. The little movie starred Frank Sinatra, who was a big heartthrob in the 1940s. The plot went something like this: Sinatra comes out of a school building and overhears students at recess voicing racial and ethnic slurs. He lectures them about how tragic it is that we've just fought a war to end such stuff and now little kids are starting all over.