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William J. Kirsch died peacefully at age 85 on March 25, 2009 in Port Washington, N.Y. He is survived by his beloved sister Mary C. Goldsmith of Amery and by eight nieces and nephews and their loving families and by his close friend, John Battis. Bill was the son of John J. and Maude J. Kirsch and was born in St. Croix County, Wis. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1942 and served his country honorably in World War II from 1943 to 1946 in the Army's mechanized infantry. Bill graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore.
Vernon Orf, age 88, of Cumberland and formerly of St. Joseph Township, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, Wis. Vern was born on Aug. 3, 1920 at the family farm in St. Joseph Township to Adam and Amelia (Kirchner) Orf. Vern was the youngest of 13 children. Vern graduated from Somerset High School, and continued farming with his brothers Harold and Clarence.
Julie Antonia Elizabeth Zezza, age 50 of North Hudson, died Friday, April 24, 2009. Julie was born on March 16, 1959; the daughter of Joseph and Jeanette (Larson) Zezza. She was raised in Hudson graduating from Hudson High School in the class of 1977. Julie enlisted in the armed forces where she proudly served in the United States Navy for 10 years, stationed in Virginia and Greece. She loved being outdoors and maintaining her flower gardens.