In Memory of Dr. John Turcheneske, Jr., Ph.D.

Mass of Christian Burial

3:00 pm
Monday February 17, 2020
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Dr. John Anthony Turcheneske, Jr. Ph.D., age 76 of River Falls, died peacefully February 12, 2020 at the Kinnic Health and Rehab Center in River Falls. John was born on November 2, 1943 in New Jersey; the son of John Anthony Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Driscoll) Turcheneske. As a young boy, the family moved to the area where he graduated from Hudson High School prior to receiving the first master’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 1971. He would complete his education at the University of Arizona where he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1978.

John was a historian and a scholar. He wrote and published a book on Native Americans of the southwest. Being a historian enabled him to teach. He taught at Hudson and Prescott High School and St. Bridget’s Parochial School. John enjoyed classical music and listening to Minnesota Public Radio.

John is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Carol and Robert. He is survived by his special friend Jennifer O’Neill and her family.

Mass of Christian Burial for John will at 3:00 pm, Monday, February 17th at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Minnesota Public Radio. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Homes. 

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  • My brother Robert and I had the special pleasure of attending River Falls University with John. John singled us out as his peers. He was the most intelligent and gifted intellectual, that Bob and I ever met. He loved his History and while co-teaching with him at Prescott, he expressed hi sincere love for the young minds that he taught. He loved kids. He was special and he considered Bob and me special. His passing will leave a void in my life but filled with the pleasurable memories of many conversions during our studies at the Chalmer Davee Library. A unique and irreplaceable individual.

  • I had the pleasure of visiting with John on Sundays bringing him communion. We would have chats about his knowledge about the Native people of the Sourhwest-always engaging & dear to my heart. Thank you John for sharing with me, was a pleasure getting to know you. May you enjoy your next life with our Lord!❤