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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.
Barbara Elizabeth (Brooks) Jacoby, age 93, of Hager City, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 6, at Park View Nursing Home in Woodville, Wis. She was born on Feb. 28, 1919, to Horace and Hazel (Fink) Brooks in Green Lake, Wis. She married William "Bill" Jacoby on Feb. 18, 1943, in Green Lake.
Florence (Christenson) Kline died Aug. 25 at Kinnic Health Care in River Falls, Wis. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Funeral Home in Ellsworth, Wis.
Delores Marie Schommer, age 82, of River Falls, formerly of Ellsworth, died Monday, Aug. 20, at Our House, River Falls, Wis. Funeral services for Delores will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, River Falls. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of services on Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the Arthritis Foundation for rheumatoid arthritis research/Arthritis.org.
Audrey Esterby Staats, age 88, of Red Wing, formerly of River Falls, died Friday, Aug. 3, at the Red Wing Health Center, Red Wing. Audrey was born on Aug. 15, 1923, in the town of Hartland, Pierce County, Wis., to Clarence and Mabel (Esterby) Brohaugh. She grew up on a farm near Ellsworth and attended country school, graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1942. Audrey worked at various office jobs and enjoyed her career until she married Lyle Staats in 1964. They shared their love of family and coffee shop adventures for many years.
Jamie Sue (Hendricks) Dinesen, age 55, of Cannon Falls, passed away at home on Monday, April 9. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. at Riverwood Community Church (at their new location, just 1/2 mile west of Lundberg Funeral Home on Hwy 19.) In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Jennifer Lynn Bernier, age 22, of Hager City, Wis., died Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fairview University Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Big River, Wis. (rural River Falls.) Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and for 1 hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Memorials given in Jennifer's name will be divided between her favorite charities.
Mary Lou Nelson, 81, of River Falls, Wis., died Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Grace Health Care Center, River Falls. Funeral services for Mary Lou will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls. Burial will be at a later date at our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Beldenville. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Cashman-Hill Funeral Home, River Falls, and for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday
James Edward Rickard, age 71, of Hudson, Wis., died at his home on Oct. 10. He was born on May 12, 1940, to Edward and LuElla (Freiermuth) Rickard in St. Paul. Jim worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, Soo Line, and CP Rail from July 1959 until January 2002 and belonged to UTU 911. He proudly served our country in the Army and was also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Donald Lee "Doggie" Berg, 78, long-time resident of River Falls, Spanish professor emeritus at UW-River Falls, and "best snare drummer of his generation," died suddenly on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. A founding member of the Hall Brothers Jazz Band and part-owner of the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota, Minn., he was also the catalyst for the Semester Abroad Program to Mexico at UW-River Falls. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Trudeau; sons: Clint (Freya Larson) of Nashville, and Jason (Wa Stella) of Minnetonka, Minn.; two step-sons: Brent Griffin of Burnsville, Minn., and Phillip (Jeanne) Griffin