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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.
Bessie Johnson, 87, of Woodville, Wi died Sunday, September 10, 2006 at Park View Home in Woodville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Visitation is from 5-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, and also one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Burial in Grandview Cemetery, Dunn County. Keehr Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Let's start with a regional topic. Let's start with Orson Welles, who grew up in Kenosha and became a famous actor at 18, director at 20 and the brains behind and in what many folks call the greatest American movie, "Citizen Kane." And then it was all downhill for the boy genius whose Mercury Theatre of the Air gave us actors like Agnes Moorhead (another Wisconsinite), Joseph Cotton, Ray Collins and Everett Sloane and scared the pants off half the radio audience when it broadcast H.G.
Officer Jackie D. Ryden, 57, of Ellsworth, WI died Saturday, September 2, 2006 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at English Lutheran Church, Ellsworth. Visitation is from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, and one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. Hill Funeral Home of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.
Jerry Hanson, 49, of Minong, WI and formerly of Spring Valley, WI died Monday, August 28, 2006 at his home in Minong. Memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 31st at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Visitation is from 1:00 p.m. until the 4:00 p.m. service. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley. Keehr Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.