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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.
Jeffrey "Jeff" Paul Kay, 48, of River Falls, Wis., died Saturday, Oct. 13, after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones and under the care of Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul, Minn. He was born on April 5, 1964, in River Falls, to Eugene and Irene (Breslin) Kay. He graduated high school from River Falls High School in 1983. Following high school, he attended Stout and went on to earn a degree at CVTC in Eau Claire, Wis. Jeff owned and operated his own business called Microbe Guard that was a mold abatement business. Jeff married Ruth Stokke on Sept.
Mary Sukowatey Thoen, age 92, passed away peacefully at the River Falls Lutheran Home on Oct. 1. She was surrounded by her loving family. Mary Elizabeth Dohm was born on Nov. 27, 1919, in Cross Plains, Wis., to John and Lena (Wipperfurth) Dohm. She was born the fifth of eight children. She learned the value of working hard on the family farm and lived there until she met William "Wild Bill" Sukowatey. They were married on June 22, 1939, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cross Plains.
Clarence "Bud" Robert Gilbertson, 84, of River Falls, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, in River Falls. Bud was born on June 8, 1928, to Sern and Elizabeth Gilbertson He attended River Falls elementary schools, Randall, Beldenville, and Forestville, as well as 2 years at River Falls High School, before graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1946. Following high school, Bud enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific, where his experiences in the remote islands and foreign lands sparked a lifelong interest in travel. Upon discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the U.S.
Doris Jeanette (Everson) Lundgaard of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Beldenville, died Sept. 11 at Our House in Chippewa Falls, Wis. She was born on Oct. 5, 1924, to Carl and Gena (Austrum) Everson in Martell Township, Wis. In 1945, she married Edwin Lundgaard. Together they lived in Beldenville for many years. Edwin was the rural mail carrier in Beldenville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Susan J.