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His farm, his family and his community were the cornerstones of his life, say those who are mourning the death of Ervin A. Harsdorf, 88, who died Sunday, Dec. 3, at Hudson Hospital. His daughter, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), said her dad loved life and people and had a great sense of humor. His son, Jim, said their dad still joked with them and nurses in the hospital. "That sense of humor never left him," Sheila said. Ervin had fallen in mid-October but was getting therapy and gaining strength.
Ervin Albert Harsdorf passed away peacefully surrounded by family Dec. 3 at the age of 88 at Hudson Hospital, Hudson, Wis. Ervin was born Feb. 28, 1923, the son of John Herman and Rose (Sommer) Harsdorf in Stillwater, Minn. Ervin was a successful dairy and crop farmer, a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a man of great character, humor and loved his Lord. Due to his father's illness, he left school after ninth grade to operate the family farm located near Lake Elmo, Minn.
Janice Evonne Johnson-Peskar (nee Brathall), age 79, of River Falls, Wis., died Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Grace Health Care Center, River Falls. Janice was born on Oct. 10, 1932, in Wilson, Wis., to Clarence and Velda (Nale) Brathall. She was a graduate of Hudson High School. Janice married Richard Johnson in November of 1951; he died in 1967. In 1972, she married Harold Bruggeman; he died in 1978. In June of 1980, she married Harry Peskar; he died in 2005. Janice was a 44-year employee of J.H. Larson Co.
Charles L. Brathall, 1941-2011, passed away at Dunn. Co. Heart Center on Thursday, Nov. 10. Memorial services from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Moose Lodge in River Falls.
Clifford Lewis Joseph Holmquist, age 82, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, River Falls. Fr. Gerald Harris will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, Wis., is assisting the family with arrangements. www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com .
Marie Alice Vanreese, age 58, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Memorial service will be 12 noon Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Cashman-Hill Funeral Home in River Falls with Father Gerald Harris officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
St. Croix County's agricultural agent, Lee Milligan, 55, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10. Milligan had been in Sacred Heart Hospital since Jan. 1 following an appendectomy and then twisted bowel surgery. According to an Extension email, Milligan took a turn for the worse over the weekend and died Sunday evening. Milligan, a Baldwin resident, is survived by his wife, Debra and daughters, Kari and Krista. Funeral arrangements are with OConnell Funeral Home in Baldwin. A celebration of life will be Friday, Jan. 15, at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Road, Hudson.
Robert "Bob" Baldwin, a former River Falls businessman, died Nov. 15 in Chicago at the age of 62. Baldwin and his wife, Marilynne Felderman, started MFB Corporation in River Falls in the early 1980s. He wrote subscription management and billing software for weekly newspapers.
Harry "Duke" Deal, 73, died Wednesday, Sept 23, 2009. Duke was born on March 19, 1936, in River Falls to Harry and Phila Deal. He attended first through 12th grades in River Falls Public Schools. Duke married Kathleen "Peggy" Leonard on Feb. 4, 1955. Along with his wife, Duke owned and operated Pearson Florist in River Falls for over 40 years. He was the expert on funeral and table arrangement floral design as well as growing greenhouse crops. Duke grew greenhouse cut flower crops including snap dragons, carnations, chrysanthemums, callas, and feverfew over the years.
Paul R. Cudd, 86, died on Thursday, Aug. 27, at River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with Rev. John Henning officiating. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Sunday, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church from 4-8 p.m. and again on Monday one hour prior to the funeral at church. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Look for complete obituary in next week's print editions.