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James Edward "Jim" Mattila, 56, of Hudson, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Jim was born on Jan. 18, 1952, in Superior, the son of Andrew Jr. and Phebe (Ferguson) Mattila. He attended school at Superior Cathedral prior to graduating from Superior Senior High School in 1970. He furthered his schooling at the University Of Wisconsin-Superior. He enlisted in the armed forces where he proudly served in the United States Coast Guard. On June 18, 1977, he was united in marriage to Pam Johnsen at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Superior.
Dan Greenwald, age 86, of Hudson, died on Monday, January 12th, 2009, at Regions Hospital. Dan was born on March 10, 1922 in Minneapolis MN; the son of Daniel Jack and Doris Emery (Mellen) Greenwald. Dan was raised in Saint Paul, attended Linwood Elementary and Maria Sanford Junior High, and graduated from Saint Paul Central High School. He was an Eagle Scout. In 1944, Dan earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering. On January 3, 1947, Dan was united in marriage to Jean Peterson at a ceremony held at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis MN.
Zachary James Lucas, infant son of Nicole Lucas and Tony Howlett, was born and died on Jan. 10, 2009, at Hudson Hospital. In addition to his parents, he is survived by grandparents and extended family. A graveside service was held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson assisted the family.
Donald M. Haas, 78, of Lakeland died at Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, Minn., on Thursday morning, Jan. 15, 2009, after being admitted to the hospital early Tuesday, Jan. 13. Donald was born on Sept.
John Leslie "Les" Waldroff, 85, of Burkhardt died on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. He was born the son of John and Emma Waldroff on Sept. 10, 1923, in Stillwater, Minn. Les farmed Waldroff Farms throughout St. Croix County until he was 55. During this time was involved on the County Board and was the town of St. Joseph chairman. Upon his retirement from farming, he bought The Willow River Inn.
Margaret Elizabeth "Peg" Lamkin, 84, of North Hudson, died on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at her residence. Peg was born on Aug. 31, 1924, in Philadelphia Penn., the daughter of Leo and Claire Chambers. She attended school in Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in Centralia, Penn. On March 3, 1945, in San Diego, Calif., Peg was united in marriage to Richard Lamkin. This union in marriage was blessed with six children - a daughter and five sons. Peg spent many years as a cook for St. Croix County.
Evelyn B. (Shattuck) Kortum passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Comforts of Home in Hudson. She was 102 years old. Evelyn moved to Hudson from Oak Park, Ill., in 1989. She is survived by her son, William (Karen) Kortum of The Villages, Fla., and formerly of Hudson. She is also survived by two grandsons, Rob (Mary) Kortum of Buffalo, Minn., and Dave (Tami) Kortum of Hudson. Her four great-grandchildren are Alix, Trevor, Alison and Angela. Nephews and one niece include Carolyn (Richard) Wheeler and Fred (Linda) Shattuck, both of Belvidere, Ill., and Lee (Vicki) Shattuck of Norman, Okla.
Henry Vincent "Butch" Zappa, 86, of North Hudson, passed away after battling cancer on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Antonio and Susanna "Maria" (Dermo) Zappa on May 29, 1922, in North Hudson. He served in the 163rd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a purple heart for wounds sustained in the Philippines in 1945. Though he seldom spoke of his war experiences, he was a lifetime member of the VFW. Butch spent his entire working life with the Omaha (later Chicago-St. Paul-Minneapolis Omaha) Railroad.
Kimberly "Kimmie" F. Warneke, 46, an angel here on earth, was called home to heaven on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the River Falls Area Hospital, with her loving family by her side, following a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 10, 1962, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Cindy Sebeck. Kimberly married John Warneke, and to this union a daughter, Kaitlin was born. Kimberly taught in the Hudson School District for many years. She enjoyed crafting, scrapbooking and making jewelry. Kimmie was so many things, a loving wife, mom, sister, daughter, teacher and friend to so many.
Colonel Paul W. Hamblin, U.S. Army (Ret), a member of the Great Generation, died on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Colonel Hamblin was born on May 23, 1922, in Millsboro, Del., where he grew up. His parents were Joshua and Flossie Hamblin. Colonel Hamblin and his wife, Sylvia, have been residents of Dunwoody, Ga., since June 1972. Paul graduated from the University of Delaware in 1943 and in September of that same year he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He served his country with great distinction as a member of the U.S. Army for the next 28 years.