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Jim Phernetton, age 81, of Beldenville, Wis., died on Tuesday, May 7, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, Wis. Jim was born the son of Russell and Clara (Zarbuck) Phernetton on Oct. 1, 1931, in Spring Valley, Wis. He grew up in Pierce County, Wis., spending most of his life near Beldenville. He graduated from Spring Valley High School. Jim served in the Air Force. He was stationed in Alaska and California. When he returned from service, Jim went to work for Bob's Litho Printing in the Twin Cities, retiring in the early 1990s. Jim loved flowers and could make anything grow.
Dawn M. Davison died April 28 after a courageous 10-year battle with breast cancer. She was born Aug. 10, 1957, in Red Wing, Minn., to Donald and Audrey Murphy. Dawn was raised in Ellsworth, Wis., graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1975. After graduating from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis., she moved to River Falls, Wis., and enjoyed a 36-year career at the River Falls Area Hospital and Allina Hospitals. Dawn lived a full life in a short period of time. She married Dan Davison on May 30, 1986. They have two children, Lauren and Patrick Davison.
Franklin "Ken" Dietzler, 87, River Falls, Wis., died Friday, March 29, at the River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls. Ken was born on June 11, 1925, in Shawano, Wis., the son of Frank and Ivadelle (Jacobsen) Dietzler. He was a 1943 graduate of Roberts High School and in 1944 entered the U.S. Navy, where he performed training exercises on a destroyer in later years of WWII. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he entered River Falls State Teachers College where he majored in physics and math. In the fall of 1946, he met Delores Hauth, a young secretary from River Falls.
Sylvia Margaret (Pfluger) Wolf, age 90, of River Falls, previously of Prescott, Wis., died Wednesday, March 20, at the Kinnic Health and Rehab Center in River Falls. She was born on Oct. 26, 1922, in Trenton Township, to Everett and Laura (Carlson) Pfluger. She married Laverne Wolf on Jan. 1, 1947. Together, they raised a family and farmed near Prescott from 1949 to 1985. Sylvia was a very active member of St. John's United Church of Christ.
Constance Jean Robey of River Falls died Thursday, March 21, at her home. She was born the daughter of Earl and Marian (Dunlap) Bennett on Oct. 8, 1932, in Delavan, Ill. Her family moved to Wisconsin from Illinois in 1949 at which time she was in high school. She graduated from River Falls High school and attended Eau Claire Business School. On Sept. 15, 1956, Jean married Howard Robey at the English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, Wis. She worked at Smeads in River Falls, 3M, Montgomery Ward, the River Falls Journal, and Skell/Ferrell Gas.
Matthias Cremer Putzier Jr. left on his eternal Grateful Dead tour on Sunday, March 10. Memorials may be made to the TMZC Putzier College Fund at First Security Bank, 208 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Donna Lee Wilkens, age 69, of River Falls, died on Monday, Dec. 10, at her home with her family by her side, following a short but courageous battle with cancer. Donna was born on Aug. 10, 1943, in Streator, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Marion (Dunlap) Bennett. At a young age, she and her family moved to River Falls where she graduated from high school. She married Jerry Wilkens on Dec. 29, 1962. They were blessed with two children, Susan and David. Donna worked side by side with her husband and son in their family business, Jerry Inc. of River Falls, for 50 years.
Marion Violet Koch passed away on Nov. 11 in River Falls, Wis. Her funeral is 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Luther Memorial Church, River Falls. Friends may call at the church from 1-3 p.m. A memorial has been established in her name for the Lutheran Home in River Falls.
Robert "Bob" Lynum, age 80, of River Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, at WelLHaven. He was born the son of Elmer and Bertha (Anderson) Lynum on Oct. 22, 1932. He attended the Wildwood Rural School and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1950. In 1952, he married Darlene Dumond and the couple moved to River Falls in 1958. Bob worked for Smead for 40+ years. In retirement, Bob and Darlene traveled to Norway, Germany, Alaska, and many other places. They always loved camping, trips to Lake Superior, Friday night fish frys, and dancing. He was a longtime member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church.
Roger Charles O'Connor, age 68, of River Falls, Wis., formerly of Hager City, Wis., died Sunday, Oct. 21, following a long struggle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), at his home, with his loving family by his side. Roger was born on Aug. 8, 1944, in Plum City, Wis., the son of Floyd and Helen (Fassler) O'Connor. At a young age, he and his family moved to Bay City, Wis., where he grew up and later graduated from Ellsworth High School. Roger married Jeri Theis on April 22, 1967, at St. Francis Catholic Church.