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With hope in the Resurrection, the parish community of St. Bridget extends its condolences to the family and friends of all parishioners who have passed away.

  • Esther Lorraine Andersen, age 95, of River Falls died Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at WellHaven Assisted Living. She was born the daughter of Lewellyn and Mary Wilhelm on April 20, 1925 in River Falls, WI. She is preceded in death by brother, Bernard Wilhem and Ronald Wilhelm; sister, Virginia Thomas; four late husbands, Kenneth Larson, Mel Owen, Ed Clark, and Glen Andersen; sons, Kenneth Larson Jr. and Bruce Larson. She is survived by children, Becky Pagel and Brian Larson; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends. Memorials may be directed to Wellhaven Senior Living, Heartland Hospice, or St. Bridget’s Catholic Church.  

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:00AM at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls, WI with a visitation starting at 10:30AM. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Guests will be asked to follow all CDC guidelines for gathering including social distancing and face masks. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

  • Hilda Frances Lovell, age 97 of River Falls, WI, passed away September 13, 2020 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls.  Hilda was living independently in her own apartment until she fell at home in late May which resulted in the need for rehab and then long-term care.  She was able to enjoy a social distance visit with members of her family on August 25th to celebrate her 97th birthday.  Hilda was born August 25, 1923 in Oak Grove Township (Big River), WI to Emil B. and Bertha (Febegar) Langer.  On June 13, 1946, Hilda was united in marriage to George Lovell.  Their marriage was blessed with three children, Gary, Pat and Roxanne, and 49 years.

    Mass of Christian Burial will take place 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2020 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E Division St., River Falls, with Fr. Gerald Harris officiating.  A visitation will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. until the start of Mass at the church, wearing a mask and social distancing required.  Interment will take place at St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery.  In memory of Hilda, memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.

    Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.  www.oconnellbenedict.com