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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.
Marilyn Maybelle Beauvais, age 82 of Somerset, died on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Hudson Hospital. Marilyn was born on Jan. 14, 1927 in St. Paul, Minn. to William and Alice Salchow. Marilyn married Bernard Joseph Beauvais on Oct. 5, 1946 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Somerset, Wis. Their union in marriage was blessed with six children. For more than 20 years, Marilyn worked as an assembler with Andersen Windows. Outside of her work, she enjoyed going to the family cabin up north, fishing, bowling, golfing and bonfires at home.
Ruth J. Peterson (nee Heksem), age 87, of Hammond, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the American Heritage Care Center. She was born the daughter of John and Lena (Grant) Heksem in November of 1921. She attended country school for eight years and graduated from Hammond High School in 1939. In July 1943, Ruth was united in marriage to Lyle Peterson. They would be blessed with two daughters, Glenda and Darlene. They farmed for many years in Hammond, retiring and selling the farm in 2002. Her life revolved around being a full-time wife and mother.
James K. Bryant Sr., age 71 of Hillsville, Va., longtime resident of New Richmond and Clear Lake, died suddenly on April 18, 2009. He is survived by children: Dwight Bryant (Melissa), Tanya (Tammy) DeWing, James Bryant Jr. (Darlene), Gary Bryant, Terry Bryant, Gidget Leverty (Tim), Sabrina Jerlow (Steve), 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Memorial service was held in Hillsville, Va. on April 20, 2009.
Maria Monica Biddlecome (Aizu), age 68 of Baldwin and formerly of Watsonville, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; seven children; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandchild. Private memorial services will be held.