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Restrooms open in larger Eau Claire parks

Restrooms in Eau Claire's larger parks reopened Friday afternoon following a seasonal closure that was prolonged due to the coronavirus pandemic.

City staff cleaned and reopened restroom buildings in six community parks so they would be ready for Memorial Day weekend, according to Steve Plaza, Eau Claire's manager of parks, forestry, cemeteries, buildings and grounds.

By 5 p.m., restroom buildings in Phoenix, Owen, Carson, Mt. Simon, Rod and Gun, and Riverview parks were all expected to be available.

The city had postponed reopening the restrooms this spring during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plaza said the restrooms will now be cleaned more frequently than prior to the emergence of the new coronavirus. Previously, the restrooms were each cleaned once a day and as needed.

However, he noted that even with his staff disinfecting the restrooms, there is no guarantee that they will be germ-free between cleanings.

Signs are being posted at restrooms advising that residents are using them at their own risk during the pandemic. The signs ask that people keep distance between each other when using the facilities or waiting in line for them. Also the sign reminds people to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after going to the restroom.

Still closed in Eau Claire's city parks are playgrounds and drinking fountains.

Floral Jones

Floral Ann Jones, 74, of rural Fairchild, passed away Thursday afternoon May 21, 2020, surrounded and comforted by her loving family.

Flora Ann Jones was born May 27, 1945, in Detroit, MI, to William and Irene (Gilpen) Thompson. She was raise in Highland Park, MI, until her family moved to Chicago. As an adult Ann continued to live in the Chicago area and it was also there that she raised her own 3 children.

Ann was united in marriage to Donald Jones on June 14, 1985, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Berwyn, IL. Together with her children they continued to live in Illinois until moving to Fairchild in 1988. They first lived in the village of Fairchild until moving to their current home in Fairchild Township.

Ann held various jobs before moving to Fairchild, and after that was trained as a certified nursing assistant and worked predominately as a private in home care giver. It was Ann’s nature to want to help others and this profession suited her well and gave her great satisfaction.

Ann’s family was her everything and with her abundant love for others she also turned her friends into family, all who will dearly miss her.

She leaves to mourn her passing but more blessed to have had her in their lives, Don her loving and devoted husband for nearly 35 years; 2 sons, Dennis and Sara (Wampole) Schenn of Fairchild, John and Chris Schenn of Osseo; 13 grandchildren, Nicole, Nolan, Cory, Amber, Leta, Mandy, Krissa, Thomas, Deanna, Jessica, Josh, Jacob and Jerred; 21 great grandchildren; bonus daughter Marita Diaz; brother, Paul Douglas of California; sister Jacklyn and Mark Anderson of Fairchild; special friends, Linda Flick and Vickie Anger both of Fairchild; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Irene Thompson; daughter Deborah Schenn Nolan who passed away on Oct. 5, 2007; brother Dan Gurney; mother and father-in-law, Josephine and Frank D’Andrea; and sister-in-law Judy Knuth.

A visitation will be held Wed. May 27, 2020, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, where All CDC guidelines, precautions and social distancing will be followed during the visitation.

Online condolences can be left at www.anderson fhaugusta.com.

Laura Strum

Laura Strum, 4/8/1959-5/18/2020

Laura was born on April 8th, 1959 to James and Mary Ann Strum of Eau Claire, WI. She graduated from St. Bede Academy in 1977.

Laura worked for several years at Phillips Plastics before moving to the Madison area to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.

In June of 2018, Laura decided to start a new journey and moved to Newport News, Virginia with her longtime friend Vicky Bundy. Laura was incredibly kind and caring and doted on her grandchildren. She loved to read, watch cheesy horror movies with her beloved grandchildren and enjoyed a competitive game of pool. Between her sarcastic comments and infectious laugh, you couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with her. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting/knowing her can attest that her unique personality and humor made her truly one of a kind.

Laura is survived by her daughter, Sara Suchomel (Daniel) of Fall River, WI; grandchildren, Ethan and Justin Hagen; brother, Stewart Strum; sister in law, Peggy Strum of Eau Claire, WI; two nieces, Megan O’Brien (Dominic Reali) of Woodbury, MN; Shelly Strum (Tim Larson) of Eau Claire; nephew, Jim Strum of Eau Claire; uncle, John Dorsey of Eau Claire; and great nieces, great nephew, godchildren, cousins, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ann Strum (nee Dorsey); father, James Strum and uncle, Michael Dorsey.

Due to recent state and county orders, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Once arrangements have been made, an announcement will follow.

Please feel free to reach out to the family privately for condolences.

Death Notices 05/23/2020

JOHNSON, Kimberly G. “Kim,” 60, of Jim Falls died Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is handling arrangements.

PECHA, Benedict A., 76, of Eau Claire died Sunday at Mayo Clinic Health System — St. Marys Campus in Rochester, Minn.

Celebration of life will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services — Celebration of Life Center, Altoona.

Interment will be at 3:15 p.m. May 30 at Calvary Cemetery, Eau Claire.

THOMAS, Robert, 84, of rural Fall Creek died Thursday at home.

Services will be held at a later date.

Anderson Funeral Home, Augusta, is handling arrangements.