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Matthew K. Thompson, age 43 of Houlton, Wis. and formerly of Roberts, Wis., died on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. after a long battle with kidney disease. A Service of Remembrance was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, Wis., and the Countryside Crematory of Baldwin, Wis.
Gottfried S. Lamers, age 84, of New Richmond, Wis., passed away May 15, 2009. Gottfried is now reunited with the love of his life, Emma. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Bianca and many relatives and friends. He is survived by siblings Johanna, Hermann, Longin, Ina and Marichen; brothers and sisters-in-law; and also many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Church, 151 S. Washington Ave., New Richmond, Wis. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Bernard M. "Bennie" Matthys age 85 of Star Prairie died on May 12, 2009. He was born the son of Albert and Laura (Anderson) Matthys on June 28, 1923 in Barron, Wis. Bennie graduated from the New Richmond High School with the class of 1942. He served his country in the Army during World War II from 1943-1946 receiving the Bronze Star. Bennie owned and operated a Sporting Goods Store "Bennie's Bait" in Star Prairie. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #187, and American Legion Post 80, the Lions Club and the Boy Scouts. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and master gardener.
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.