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Bernadine "Bernie" Lengyel of Osceola died Sunday, May 17, 2009 at her home at the age of 88. Bernie was born on Feb. 8, 1929 at Somerset to Fred and Louise (Rondeau) Parnell. On Nov. 27, 1943 she married Steve Lengyel from Stillwater. After living in Stillwater they purchased a farm in East Farmington in 1954 and she lived there until 2000.
Kayla R. Lehrke, age 21, of Amery, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., with visitation for two hours prior, on Tuesday, May 26, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, 715-684-3434. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .
Charles (Charlie) Thomas Olson, 62, formerly of New Richmond, passed away December 10, 2008 in Newell, Calif. after a courageous battle with cancer. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; Edwin J. Olson and Orma L. (Laughnan) Olson. Charlie is survived by brother David E.
L. Gail Swanson of New Richmond died suddenly on Tuesday, May 5, at St. Croix Regional Hospital at the age of 82. Gail was born in the family farm house on May 14, 1926 in Stillwater, Minn. to Leonard and Ellen Swanson. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Gail walked through pastures that are residential today to attend a one room school near the present Cub Foods store just north of Highway 36. In 1936 his family moved to a hilly and rocky farm on County Road H in St. Croix County, Wis. with one horse and very few possessions.
Duane Clay Sayles died Sunday, May 3. Duane Clay Sayles was born in Eau Claire, Wis., the son of Russell and Irene (Halverson) Sayles, on July 15, 1944. After graduating from high school, he entered the United States Air Force in 1966. While in the Air Force, on Nov. 16, 1968, he was united in marriage to Diana Leora Prince at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash. He was discharged in December of 1969 and in January of 1970 they moved to Amery, Wis. He worked as a mechanical draftsman for Doboy Packaging in New Richmond. He served as a Little League baseball coach in Amery.
Michael C. Polfus, 62, of Gilbert, Ariz. passed away on May 6, 2009. Michael was born on Aug. 3, 1946 in New Richmond to Clarence and Olivia Polfus. He grew up in New Richmond and lived there until he moved to Arizona in 1979 with his wife and family. He was a man of many gifts and talents, from being a wonderful businessman in New Richmond to being an amazing swimming pool designer in Arizona. He had a wonderful imagination and loved to dream and design. To those who were lucky enough to be honored to know Mike, you know what a wonderful, honest, would do anything for you, person he was.
Margaret Ann Knutson, age 100 years, 9 months and 20 days, from New Richmond, Wis., died on May 7, 2009 at the St. Croix Health Center. She was born on July 17, 1908 in New Richmond, Wis.
Raymond (Ray) E. Carow, 90, formerly of New Richmond, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 3, 2009, while at home surrounded by four generations of family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth; his four children, Stephen (Diane), Susan (Lee Mitchell), Cindy (Bill, deceased) and Michael (Jessica); 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Estelle K. Egan, age 91, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Eau Claire, Wis., at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was born Oct. 18, 1917, in New Richmond, Wis., to Estelle (Goodman) and William F. Quinlan. She was a legal secretary in the office of Doar and Knowles in New Richmond. She married Jean F. Egan in Monterey, Calif., on Feb. 20, 1943. They lived in California two years during World War II while her husband was stationed there. He was an instructor in field artillery in the Army. While there, she was a secretary in the Post Engineer's Office at Fort Ord.
Mary T. McDermott (Mickey), a longtime resident of New Richmond, died very peacefully in the presence of many of her nieces and nephews on May 2 at Boutwell's Landing in Stillwater, just after her 96th birthday on May 1. Many friends and relatives of Mickey knew her for her caring and loving spirit to relatives, friends and neighbors, for her very strong, long-time commitment to Immaculate Conception in New Richmond and her great cooking.