Michael David Rajala age 19 of Hudson died on Wed. April 19, 2006 at his home.
Michael David Rajala age 19 of Hudson died suddenly on Wednesday April 19, 2006 at his home. Michael was born on May 5, 1986 in Lake Forest Illinois; the son of Terry and Patty (Glafcke) Rajala. He was raised in Bristol, Wisconsin where he attended elementary school before moving to Hudson where he attended Hudson High School and Renaissance Charter Academy. He was excited to follow his musical dream, as he was scheduled to attend the University Of Wisconsin River Falls on a musical scholarship. Michael was a proud Eagle Scout, valued time spent with his dad; a Boy Scout Leader. He loved music and was gifted in playing his electric guitar, drums, and the piano. He enjoyed time spent playing soccer for Hudson High School, snow boarding, NASCAR, and his rivalry with his dad with the Green Bay Packers versus Minnesota Vikings. He will remain in the hearts of his parents Terry and Patty (Glafcke) Rajala of Hudson, sister Rebecca Rajala, Hudson, paternal grandmother Nathleen Rajala of Gurnee, Illinois, paternal aunts/uncles Kathy (Russ) Wells, Waukegan, ILL, Sandy Rajala, Waukegan, Ill, Eileen (Keith) Meyer, Clarendon, Ill, Jennifer (Tim) Boehle, Belvidere, Ill, maternal grandfather Arthur Glafcke, Prospect Heights, Ill, maternal aunts/uncles Cathy (Jeff) Olson, Streanwood, Ill, Tommy (Linda) Glafcke, Franklin, WI, Peggy (Bob) Garzonetti, Arlington Heights, Ill, and well as numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Clarence Rajala and maternal grandmother Loretta Glafcke.
A Celebration of Life for Michael Rajala will be on Sunday from 4 until 8PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Cremation services held at Countryside Crematory of Baldwin. Interment and funeral services will be private.
Lokker, Paul A. age 67 of Baldwin died April 21.
Paul Arnold Lokker age 67 of Baldwin passed away at Holy Family Hospital in New Richmond on Friday, April 21. He was born May 20, 1938 in Baldwin on the original farmstead. He went to school in Baldwin and enjoyed participating in athletics for the Baldwin High School. He went on to take over the family farm. He met Geri Zevenbergen in church and was smitten with this Iowa girl who moved here from Orange City. They were married in 1960 at First Reformed Church and were blessed with four children - Roger, Steve, Randy, and Deb. They continued to farm together along with Steve and Randy until the present day. One of his greatest joys was riding his John Deere and working the land. Paul has always been active in his community. He has served as a deacon and elder at the First Reformed Church. He also sang in the choir all of his life and now sings in the presence of his Holy Father in Heaven. He served on the board of directors for the Township of Baldwin and Goldstar Cooperative as well as serving prior on the Baldwin-Woodville School Board. He knew so many people and loved all the friends he has made over the years. Paul is survived by his wife Geri who is thankful for the love they shared for 45 years. He is also remembered by his children Pastor Roger (Brenda) of Preston, MN, Steve (Angie), Randy (Jenifer) both of Baldwin, and Deb (Tom) Hansen of Norwalk, WI. Paul was a wonderful father who raised his children to love the Lord and led them by his example. His grandchildren remember how Grandpa always gave them money when they’d lose their teeth. And the oldest granddaughters have special memories of Grandpa driving down to college in Iowa to take them out for lunch. His grandchildren who love him are Cassie, Carrie, Becca, Derrick, Karla, Tori, Trent, Abbie, KayLee, Ali, Kenzie, Taylor, and Caleb. He is also survived by sisters Pat Ecker of Hudson, Colleen Brunner of Rochester, father-in-law John Zevenbergen of Baldwin, sisters/brothers-in-law Sue DeJong of Woodville, Joyce (Mick) Wynveen of Baldwin, Mary (Tom) Langer of Baldwin, Bonnie (Jerry) Van Someren of Baldwin, Margene (Steve) Nygaard of Baldwin, John (Penny) Zevenbergen of Osceola, WI. He is preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Hazel Lokker, sisters Janet Stone and Beatrice Muehlberger, mother-in-law Blanche Zevenbergen, brother-in-laws Marion DeJong, Ken Ecker, and Val Muehlberger.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at First Reformed Church on Sunday, April 23 from 4:00-8:00pm. His funeral will be on Monday, April 24 at 11:00am at First Reformed Church with interment at the Baldwin Cemetery with Pastor Leon Draayer officiating and Pastor Roger Lokker con-celebrating. Special music will be sung by Paul’s grandchildren. Active pallbearers are Mike Briles, Joe Hurtgen, Dave Mentink, Matt Cranston, Alvin “Shorty” Peterson, and Ron Gerhardt. Honorary pallbearers are his 13 grandchildren who loved their Grandpa Lokker more than words could ever say. Funeral arrangements are being entrusted to O’Connell’s Funeral Home.
Margaret J. Wynveen age 92 passed away on April 22, 2006 at the Baldwin Hospital.
Margaret Wynveen age 92 of Baldwin died Saturday morning April 22nd at the Baldwin Hospital. Funeral service for Margaret Wynveen will be 11AM Tuesday April 25th at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church Tuesday morning.
Thomas John “Tom” Kasinskas, age 52 of Baldwin, died on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at his home, after 15 months of battling cancer.
Thomas John “Tom” Kasinskas, age 52 of Baldwin, died on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at his home, after 15 months of battling cancer. Tom was born March 23, 1954 in Chicago IL to Alphonse and Mary (Wilkas) Kasinskas. Tom graduated from high school in Minong WI, 1972 and attended college at UW Stout, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 1978. Tom met and fell in love with Rita Kaye Miller, and the two were married on May 19, 1979 at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Gordon WI. Their union in marriage produced three wonderful children, Phillip, Rachel and Valerie, giving Tom great pleasure as a father. Tom possessed an extensive wealth of knowledge in his field from manufacturing and engineering jobs throughout his career. Most recently he spent 9 years as a manufacturing manager for the K-Tek Corporation in Baldwin. He also had 4 years experience in Research and Design for Nor-Lake Inc. in Hudson, as well as 16 years experience as an Industrial Engineer for the Donaldson Company in Kentucky and then in Baldwin. Tom enjoyed his time away from work restoring classic cars, going to classic car shows, selling motorcycle parts on e-Bay with Rita, fishing year-round, and serving as a Boy Scout Leader for 12 years for Pack 110 and Troop 110. Tom was also an avid Packer Backer, and loved watching his Green Bay Packers play football with his wife, Rita. Tom is survived by his loving wife Rita; son Phillip of Baldwin WI; twin daughters Rachel and Valerie, both of Menomonie WI; mother Mary Kasinskas of Gordon WI; brothers Al Kasinskas of St. Paul MN, Marty (Lynnette) Kasinskas of Gordon WI, Dave (Kim) Kasinskas of Fredonia WI; many nieces and nephews; parents-in-law Louie and Donna Miller of Gordon WI; sister-in-laws LindaLee (Jeff) Nelson of Farmington MN, Sandra (Larry) Kaster of Beaverton OR, and Valerie Miller (Robert Prescott) of Prior Lake MN. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Alphonse.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond WI with Fr. William Murphy officiating. Pallbearers will be Phillip Kasinskas, Al Kasinskas, Marty Kasinskas, David Kasinskas, Louis Miller, Patrick Armstrong, Larry Kaster, and Jeffrey Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Sandra Kaster, LindaLee Miller-Nelson, Valerie Miller, and Robert Prescott. Interment to take place at Gordon Memorial Cemetery in Gordon WI. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 2, 2006 from 4-8 PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin and one hour prior to services at the church. A prayer service will take place at 6:30 PM on Tuesday evening with Fr. Leonard Fraher officiating. The “Kasinskas vs. Cancer Benefit” will still be held as planned on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the American Legion Hall of Baldwin to celebrate Tom's life.
Shirley Erickson, age 82 died at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center in River Falls.
Shirley Clarice Erickson age 82 of River Falls Kinnic Long Term Care, formerly of Hudson, died April 30, 2006. Shirley was born on August 14, 1923 in Fargo, North Dakota; the daughter of Horace and Amy (Ambers) Ford. She served as a secretary in the office of General Eisenhower in occupied Germany after WWII. She was united in marriage on October 15, 1949 in St. Paul, MN to John Erickson. Their marriage was blessed with 4 children: Deborah, John, Britt, and Diane. Shirley loved cooking and catered many weddings in the St. Croix and Pierce County areas back in the late sixties and seventies. Whenever anyone came from out of town they knew they would eat well with Shirley’s cooking. She also worked at the Valley House and The JR Ranch as a waitress and hostess. Shirley and her late husband John also managed Kenal’s Motel in Hudson back in the 80’s. They lived in Hudson for twenty years. Shirley resided at the Kinnic Long Term Care from May 2003 until the time of her death. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her children: Deborah Erickson and Kathy Ladika of Standardsville, VA, John (Myrna) Erickson of Fayetteville, NC, Britt (Karen) Erickson of Stillwater, MN, and Diane (Steve) Slimak of River Falls; 12 grandchildren: Laurel, Mindy, Jimmy, Jenni, Levi, Alexis, Scott, Jenny, Sara, Kari, Vanessa and Alex; 9 great grandchildren: Lauren, Morgan, Cody, Breanna, Josh, Scotty, Nick, Vanessa, and Kelsey. She is preceded in death by her husband John and sister’s Lois and Frances.
A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held at 4 PM Friday, May 5, 2006 at The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, with Rev. Susan Humphrey officiating. Family and Friends may gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Funeral and cremation services are entrusted to The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.
Carol J. McDaniel age 70 of Hudson passed away on April 30, 2006 at her home surrounded by her family and close friends.
Carol Jean McDaniel age 70 of Hudson died peacefully Sunday April 30th 2006 at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer. Carol was born on July 6, 1935 in Hudson the daughter of Walter and Victoria (Liberty) Tobin. She was raised in Hudson where she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School prior to graduating from Hudson High School. Shortly thereafter, she would meet and fall in love with John “Jack” McDaniel and they married on October 5, 1957 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. Many will remember Carol as secretary and office manager for Heywood – Hayes Law office and then for Heywood –Cari where she worked nearly forty years. She retired in 2001 as office manager for Sam Cari. Carol’s greatest hobby was a good sale. She loved shopping and of course looking for the best deal. She also took great pleasure from traveling and spending time with her circle of friends. She served on the Christian Community Home Auxiliary Board and St. Patrick’s Ladies Guild. Her calendar was filled with special dates as she always remembered birthdays and anniversaries. To her family; she cherished time spent with her grandchildren. She listened and always supported. To her friends, she was valiant and always loved a good talk. Carol will remain in the hearts of her children Mark and his wife Teresa (Barr) McDaniel of Hudson, Mary and her husband Bryan Holm of Lenexa, Kansas, grandchildren Carrie Lee McDaniel, Alex Robert McDaniel, Brett William Holm, Scott Edward Holm, Sara Katelyn Holm, and brother-in-law Robert McDaniel of Roberts. She is preceded in death by her husband John “Jack” McDaniel, parents Walter and Victoria (Liberty) Tobin, brother Howard (Arline) Tobin, and sister Lucille (Tobin) Gilbert.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00AM Thursday May 4th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson with Father John Parr officiating. Music will be provided by the Hope Choir and vocalist Deb O’Keefe. Burial will be at 5PM Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Hudson. Active pallbearers assisting with the services are: Don Gilbert, Doug Gilbert, Alex McDaniel, Bryan Holm, Brett Holm, Scott Holm, Brian Gilbert, and Bill Wanner. Honorary pallbearers are: Carrie McDaniel, Sara Holm, Bernie Schmitz, Bonnie Richert, Janice Mahr, and LaVerne Vinzant. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 until 7PM with a prayer service at 6:45PM and a rosary service at 3:45PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the mass at church Thursday morning. Memorials preferred. Funeral Services are entrusted to The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.
Nixon, Evelyn age 94 of Hudson, formerly of Chicago, IL passed away on Monday, May 1, 2006 at Comforts of Home of Hudson.
Evelyn K. Nixon age 94 of Hudson, formerly of Chicago,IL passed away on Monday, May 1, 2006 at the Comforts of Home in Hudson. Evelyn was born on January 5, 1912 in Central City, Colorado; the daughter of Emil and Elsie (Reichow) Neff. Evelyn was raised in the Dixon, Illinois area. After graduating high school in 1930, she moved to Chicago, Illinois for nurses training at the South Shore Hospital. She worked as a registered nurse and later became supervisor at the Inglewood Hospital in Chicago. She worked there until her retirement on January 5, 1978. She was united in marriage on September 23, 1933 in Crown Point Indiana to John R. Nixon. Their marriage was blessed with one son, John. Evelyn enjoyed swimming and ice skating in her earlier years. She also was fortunate enough to have shared many vacations with her husband traveling through out the United States. John and Evelyn vacationed in Florida every year for thirty years. In her later years, she found interest in word search puzzles and wheel of fortune. She will remain in the hearts of her daughter-in-law Jeni Nixon of Baldwin, WI; grandson David (Sheryl) Nixon of Linwood, MN; Granddaughters Becky (Pat) Plumer of Hudson and Debbie (Ed) Smolinski of Vadnais Heights, MN; 6 great-grandsons: Nathan and Sean Plumer, Dan, Matt (Kristen), and Nick Nixon, and Seth Johnson; 3 great granddaughters: Kristina Plumer, Sarah (Joel) Felten and Sierra Johnson; 2 great great-grand children David Nixon and Emily Felten; sister Pearl Detweiler of Dixon, IL. She is preceded in death by her husband John R. and son John E.
Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 1 PM with visitation one hour prior to the service at The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. (715) 386-3725 Private interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Emerald. The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin are handling the arrangements
Edward J. Kirby, age 86 of Hudson, and formerly of New Richmond, died Monday June 5, 2006 at the Christian Community Home.
Edward John Kirby, age 86 of Hudson WI, and formerly of New Richmond WI, died on Monday, June 5, 2006 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson WI. Edward was born on November 1, 1919 in Saint Paul, MN to Edward and Cecelis (Eagan) Kirby. Edward attended schools in Saint Paul and worked as a pipefitter before enlisting in the Army. Edward’s first marriage was to Alyce Wolf, and their union was blessed with two children, Pat and Alyce. Edward was later married to Ruth Bostetter, and their union was blessed with a daughter, Kathy. Edward worked for many years doing many different jobs in the area. In his spare time, Edward enjoyed golfing and collecting items of Americana, patriotic things with eagles and American flags. Edward was proud of his military service, and also volunteered his time to the ‘Wednesday Squad’ of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery Memorial Rifle Squad. Edward is survived by his son, Pat (Marti) Kirby of Comstock WI; daughters, Alyce Denny of Jones OK, and Kathy (Ken) Sycks of Hudson WI; sister, Ellen Mellum of North Dakota; grandchildren, Robert Rosewitz, Dawn Jennings, Shannon Kirby, Michael Kirby, and Kamren Sycks; seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Edward was preceded in death by his first wife Alyce, his second wife Ruth; son-in-law, Sam Denny; many siblings, and his parents.
Funeral Services for Edward John Kirby will be at 1 PM Thursday, June 8, 2006 at the Historic Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel located in Fort Snelling MN (Minneapolis). Interment with full military honors will immediately follow at 2 PM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the Historic Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel.
Lorenz, Maya age 5 of Hudson died accidentally June 6th.
Maya Angelina Lorenz Age 5 of Hudson, died accidentally June 6, 2006 in Stillwater. Maya was born March 27, 2001 in St. Paul. She is so dearly loved and will remain in the hearts of her parents, Eric and Rebecca Lorenz; brothers Rico and Lucas; sisters Bella, Nina, and Tess; grandparents John and Aleina Lorenz of Hudson; grandfather Dennis and his wife Ronna Richie of Sun Prairie, WI; and great grandmother Mae Richie of Hudson.
A Mass of Angels for Maya was held 10:30 AM Friday, June 9th, 2006 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Stillwater, with Fr. Jerome Keiser, Fr. John Lavoir and Deacon Guy Glover officiating. Special music was provided by Jayne Windnagel, Mary Demko, and The St. Michael’s Children’s Choir. Family and Friends gathered one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery of Hudson. Funeral services were entrusted to The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. (715) 386-3725