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Herma Louise Hensley, 86 of Woodville and Baldwin, died Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Park View Home in Woodville. Herma's wishes were to be cremated, and she requested to have private family services with burial in Lake Park, Iowa. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin assisted the family with carrying out Herma's wishes.
Dr. Leonard B. Torkelson, "Dr. T", 83 of Baldwin, WI died Saturday, October after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, Oct. 28th at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Baldwin. Cremation services held by Countryside Crematory of Baldwin. Interment will be private. Memorials to Smile Network, 1807 Colfax Ave. So., Mpls., MN 55403. O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin handled arrangements.
Richard L. Cashman Sr, 88, founder of Cashman Mortuary of River Falls, died Sunday, October 15, 2006 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 18 at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in River Falls, with Father Gerald Harris and Father Dan Dahlberg officiating. Visitation is from 4-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Cashman Mortuary, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 121 of River Falls, will be in St. Bridgets Cemetery.
Donna Mae Smith, 67, of Wilson, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul Minn. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Interment will follow later that afternoon at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin assisted the family with arrangements.
Viola E. Newman (nee Warrell), 89, of Hudson, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 at the Christian Community Home. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will be Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.
Ever since I watched the movie "Heartburn," I've wanted to know more about its heroine, based on Nora Ephron. In "Heartburn" Ephron is played by Meryl Streep and her husband Bernstein, is played by Jack Nicholson. They argue a lot, they eat a lot and finally they get divorced. In real life both have gone their varied ways, Ephron, now married to writer Nicholas Pileggi is a screen writer and a funny one.
David Bunge, 69, of Woodville, WI died accidentally Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at his home in Baldwin Township. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Visitation is from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Burial in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Woodville. Keehr Funeral Home of Spring Valley is handling arrangements.
Here's a bagful of books to get you started on an eclectic autumn reading program. Start with "Bitter Ocean: The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945," by David Fairbank White (Simon & Schuster, $26). For those of us who grew up with 1940s movies like "Action in the North Atlantic" (Bogart, Massey, Greenstreet, et al.) White's new book isn't exactly news. We remember the German U-Boats, and our Liberty Ships that brought precious cargo to Britain as it held out alone against the Axis. But for younger readers, "Bitter Ocean" is a fascinating study of the ravages of war.
When I was a wee tad, I went to the little movie house in town. I can't remember the feature, but I do remember a short subject that came on right after the RKO Pathe weekly news. The little movie starred Frank Sinatra, who was a big heartthrob in the 1940s. The plot went something like this: Sinatra comes out of a school building and overhears students at recess voicing racial and ethnic slurs. He lectures them about how tragic it is that we've just fought a war to end such stuff and now little kids are starting all over.
Antiwar candidate Chip DeNure is challenging incumbent Ron Kind in the Democratic primary in Wisconsin's Third Congressional District. The winner of the primary election - set for Sept. 12 -- will face Republican Paul R.